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Rameau: Platee ~ Agnew, Delunsch, Beuron, Naouri, Le Texier, Lamprecht, Minkowski, Paris Opera
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With a rather silly plot of the gods playing a cruel practical joke on an ugly and plain marsh nymph who bears the work's title as her name, it is one of the few comedies composed by Rameau, who for much of his stage output stuck to the usual tragedie in vogue in France since Lully's time. It is very cleverly staged in this version from the Opera Garnier in Paris and features an outstanding performance by scotsman Paul Agnew who not only sings his drag role very well but proves to be a remarkable actor too. Mireille Delunsch acquits herself highly, too, and despatches the difficult aria that closes the first act with flair and ease. Naouri proves his usual efficacy as the satyr yet some aloofness is not absent from the interpretation.
Apart from Agnew, the evening's other great stars are Minkowski and his outstanding Musiciens du Louvre, a delight to anyone with an ear for late french baroque music and its sonorities. Minkowski is an expert in this repertoire and already has in his CV a (sound only) recording of the piece with an altogether different cast that dates from some 15 years ago. He again conducts the work with great care and enjoyment and he and his musicians participate with theatrical flair in some comical episodes where characters invade the pit.Read more ›
Les uvres et les productions sont superbes mais pour l'amateur nord-américain la déception est grande. Il y a dans ces versions (zone 1) sur étiquette KULTUR un manque de professionnalisme aberrant et incompréhensible. Alors que les européens ont droit aux sous-titres en cinq langues dont le français, ce qui aide à suivre le chant, on a droit ici qu'à l'anglais, comme s'il n'y avait en Amérique ni francophones, ni francophiles, ni hispanophones. C'est avoir bien peu de considération pour les huit millions de canadiens qui vivent en français et qui sont un public de premier choix pour des uvres françaises.
Aucun livret ne viendra vous donner quelques détails sur le chef, la production ou les interprètes, KULTUR a jugé qu'un simple feuillet mentionnant le chapter correspondant à un air suffirait. Et sur les deux DVD achetés, un seul avait le feuillet correspondant. Dans le boitier de Platée j'ai eu droit au feuillet de opéra Giulio Cesare / Opera Australia!!!
Il y a pire encore. Alors que sur étiquette TDK les Européens ont droit à trois encodages audio (PCM Stéréo; Dolby digital 5.1; DTS) il n'y en a qu'un seul sur KULTUR, soit le Dolby 5.Read more ›
The U.S. release Kultur DVD transfer seemed quite dark and grainy at times and the scant packaging was also disappointing. The European release 2-DVD edition by TDK should score better on both video quality and overall presentation.
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This DVD is really a horrible mess. Its so dark and dingy you can hardly see it, and there are no French subtitles. Read morePublished 8 months ago by furdeal
This is probably the best Rameau production I've ever seen in over thirty years of opera-going, and Platée is undoubtedly one of his greatest (and wittiest) scores.Published 14 months ago by NPW
Great singing, wonderful acting --and though it ends cruelly (the frog princess doesn't rewarded or treated well) a very funny opera. Laurent Naouri is especially good.Published 17 months ago by David A. Ferris
Update: Now there is a newer edition from Arthaus Platee. Enjoy!
Other reviewers have praised this performance in depth, so I won't repeat what was... Read more
A wonderful, imaginative take on an early opera. All involved must of had a gret deal of fun producing the opera.Published on December 9, 2010 by Peter Kirby
I enjoyed this opera. It was nothing like I had expected and it was also clear that the performers enjoyed putting on this performance. The ballet was particularly enjoyable. Read morePublished on September 21, 2009 by Nick
While I am not generally enthusiastic about "moderne" updates of baroque
works, there's something about Rameau that really lends itself to contemporary re-thinking; maybe... Read more
Platee by Jean-Philippe Rameau. Silly! One word summarizes this work of the ancien regime to a 21st century audience. Read morePublished on July 1, 2008 by Dr. John W. Rippon
One doesn't expect 18th century French Opera to be so much darn fun! This is one of those clever productions where most of the money got spent on costumes and the barest minimum of... Read morePublished on February 16, 2008 by David Thierry
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