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  • Performer: Jean-Philippe Rameau, Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Audio CD (May 4, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Conifer
  • ASIN: B000006O5V
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,798 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ouverture
2. Air Pantomime - Fièrement
3. Rigaudons
4. Contredanse (En Rondeau)
5. Passepieds
6. Tambourins
7. Air De Ballet (Mouvement De Chaconne)
8. Passepieds
9. Orage
10. Air, Pour Des Fous Gais
11. Air, Pour Des Fous Tristes
12. Menuet
13. Airs
14. Loure - Grave
15. Musette - Gracieux
16. Tambourins (Rigaudons)
17. Chaconne
18. Ouverture
19. Air Gracieux Pour Les Plaisirs
20. Tambourins
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Rameau - Suites from Platée & Dardanus / PBO · McGegan by MCGEGAN, NICHOLAS

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This suite of dances from Dardanus and Platée is an ideal introduction to Rameau. Though his operas are full of articulate use of language and are, in their own polite way, theatrically charged, French baroque opera required periodic dance interludes, which is what is included here. Unlike 19th-century French opera, the dance music in these 18th-century works is often among the most fascinating in the entire opera, full of rich, unorthodox scoring and so packed with ideas underneath the mellifluous exterior that each interlude often seems like a miniature concerto for orchestra. Conductor Nicholas McGegan's natural rhythmic effervescence makes him ideal for this music--he should record more of it, much more--and his Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra copes handily with the substantial difficulties posed by a composer who thought each melodic strand should have a strong mind of its own. --David Patrick Stearns

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is another in a series of Rameau opera and ballet recordings Nicolas McGegan with the Philharmonia Barqoue orchestra. They all are played with verve, attention to detail and flawless execution. Plus, (and this is a little less tangible, I admit) they are imbued with a certain joie de vivre and sense of humour that seems to belie the image of the dour authentic instrument groups that take themselves a wee bit too seriously.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Trtek TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 21, 2012
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As the preceding reviewer noted, this is not the only Rameau album by Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Indeed, I would frankly recommend their recordings of the composer's Suites from Nais and Le Temple de la Gloire on Harmonia Mundi over this one -- only because I think those works are more interesting than the pair on this one. Well, let me clarify: t\The Dardanus Suite is the engaging one in my view, while I confess to finding Platee somewhat on the dull side. In any case, no matter which album we're talking about, the playing cannot be faulted. It's sumptuous, adept and sparkling. If you're seeking Dardanus but not Platee, you might consider the disc by Tafelmusik and Jeanne Lamon which pairs Dardanus with Le Temple de la Gloire. That ensemble plays just as exquisitely, in my view. Be that as it may, however, you can't go wrong with this one -- the Dardanus music has never sounded so good, and McGegan and company make such a strong case for Platee that sometimes I think I've judged that work too harshly.
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Every track on this CD is uniformly shrill-sounding, dull, and totally lacking in character. If I weren't familiar with Rameau's music in general, it would be very difficult for me to tell one track from another. What an awful CD.
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All items are things I have wanted for sometime so I am very happy with your prices and wonderful service for which I thank you, and will use
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