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Rameau - Zoroastre / Padmore · Berg · Mechaly · Panzarella · Lecroart · Bazola · Bonnet · Revidat · Les Arts Florissants · Christie

Jean-Philippe Rameau , William Christie , Les Arts Florissants , Mark Padmore , Nathan Berg , Gaëlle Méchaly , Anna Maria Panzarella , Matthieu Lecroart , François Bazola , Eric Martin-Bonnet , Stephanie Revidat Audio CD
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  • Performer: Mark Padmore, Nathan Berg, Gaëlle Méchaly, Anna Maria Panzarella, Matthieu Lecroart, et al.
  • Orchestra: Les Arts Florissants
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau
  • Audio CD (April 15, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B00006F1PG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,421 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Ouverture
2. Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Acte 1. Scène 1. Prélude. À l'heureux Abramane
3. Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Acte 1. Scène 1. Air vif. En rondeau. Non, je ne puis assez punir
4. Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Acte 1. Scène 1. Et nos dieux et le peuple
5. Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Acte 1. Scène 2. Princesse, avec Phaerès
6. Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Acte 1. ScÃ..ne 2. Duo. Unissons nos fureurs. Des Bactriens l'ingrate entraînait
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Disc: 2
1. Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Acte 3. Scène 1. Ritournelle. Arrêtez, modérez cette fureur extrême
2. Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Acte 3. Scène 1. Un cœur fier qui brise sa chaîne
3. Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Acte 3. Scène 2. Osons achever de grands crimes
4. Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Acte 3. Scène 3. Sommeil, fuis de ce séjour. Scène 4. L'aurore vermeille. Duo. Pour la fête la plus
5. Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Acte 3. Scène 5. Sommeil, fuis de ce séjour
6. Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Acte 3. Scène 5. Entrée de peuples différents
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Disc: 3
1. Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Acte 5. ScÃ..ne 1. Prélude. Quel tourment!
2. Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Acte 5. ScÃ..ne 1. Il approche. ScÃ..ne 2. C'est Érinice!
3. Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Acte 5. ScÃ..ne 3. Elle court d'abîme en abîme. ScÃ..ne 4. Jour funeste! Sort inflexible!
4. Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Acte 5. ScÃ..ne 4. Que la fiÃ..re Érinice. ScÃ..ne 5. Que tout cÃ..de, que tout fléchisse
5. Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Acte 5. ScÃ..ne 6. Par un dernier revers
6. Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Acte 5. ScÃ..ne 7. Ballet. Air majestueux
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While Freemasonry's secrecy has always aroused distrust, its enlightened principles and belief in virtue, liberty, fraternity, and equality have attracted large numbers of intellectuals and artists; one of its most famous adherents was Mozart. However, his opera The Magic Flute was not the first to be inspired by its teachings but was preceded in 1749 by Rameau's Zoroastre. Its initial reception was so cool that Rameau and his librettist, Louis de Cahusac (a prominent Mason) undertook extensive revisions. The new version was produced--by coincidence or fate?--in 1756, the year of Mozart's birth, and became a great success. The opera is based on the struggle between good and evil, light and darkness, enlightenment and ignorance, personified by Zoroastre, the Persian religious reformer, and Abramane, an ambitious sorcerer, servant of the Evil Spirit. The human element (strengthened in the second version) is represented by two princesses, rivals for the Bactrian throne and Zoroastre's love; since one of them is in league with Abramane, the outcome is not in doubt. As in the Magic Flute, the music's the thing, and it is great, creating character, atmosphere and contrast, painting almost visible images of disasters, ceremonies, and celebrations. The vocal writing is extremely difficult, florid, wide in tonal and expressive range; the tenor and soprano parts lie extremely high, the basses' extremely low. Secco and accompanied recitatives melt into each other and into meltingly beautiful lyrical and stirringly dramatic arias and ensembles. But perhaps it is the choruses, underlining, supporting, and commenting on the action, and the orchestral sections, including many wonderful ballets, that are most impressive. Rameau uses the instruments to evoke light and shade, joy and sorrow, hope and despair, juxtaposing and combining winds and strings for utmost color and contrast, and the players and choristers do full justice to his demands. Among the soloists, the sopranos' often unvibrated tone tends to get shrill; the men are all superb; Padmore stands out in the punishingly difficult role of Zoroastre. --Edith Eisler

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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular in every sense of the word February 15, 2005
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Rameau couldn't help being a musical revolutionary. Perhaps the fact he was so far ahead of his time explains the extraordinary freshness his music seems to have in ours. Parisian audiences at the 1749 premiere of "Zoroastre", his fourth "tragedie lyrique", were just as puzzled as they had been at his first, "Hippolyte et Aricie", sixteen years earlier and the reception was lukewarm. Undeterred, the composer completely refashioned the opera in 1756 to produce the version presented here. It turns out to be a masterpiece. One of the things the original audience found hard to accept was the novelty of the story, which is derived neither from Clasical mythology nor Italian romantic epic. The opera is set in ancient Bactria, then part of the Persian empire, now part of modern Afghanistan. It concerns the efforts of the prophet Zoroaster to introduce a new religion celebrating goodness and light and to win the hand of Princess Amelite, heiress to the throne of the kingdom. Ranged against him are the evil sorcerer and tyrant Abramane, who derives his magic from the demonic forces of the old religion, and Erinice, another princess in love with Zoroaster, whose anguished dilemma whether to kill the hero or warn him of Abramane's plots make up a good deal of the drama. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable work March 21, 2007
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Now this is something special.

Many will not know this great work and it has only been recorded once [?] before, correct me if I am wrong, and that was in the 1970s. So this recording will be welcomed by all lovers of the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau. What we have here is the revised [by the composer] 1756 version of the work, which featured a number of changes/improvements to acts 2, 3 and 5.

The cast of this recording is ideal and it features some well known names in the world of French Baroque music, namely: Mark Padmore, Nathan Berg, Gaëlle Méchaly and the wonderful Anna-Maria Panzarella. The tessitura of the voices is unusual. Rameau features one haute-contre in the role of Zoroaster himself, very stylishly sung by Mark Padmore. All the other men's roles, five in all, are for basses. The two female roles, Amélite and Érinice are sung by sopranos. Zoroastre is always out on his own, with a voice somewhat between that of the other men and the two ladies.

The chorus, which has some significant music is, as with all Les Arts Florissants recordings, very well balanced and not to large or too small.

The orchestra of Les Arts Florissants is large here. Rameau required 2 flutes, 4 oboes, 2 clarinets, 4 bassoons (surely Rameau's favourite woodwind instrument!), 2 horns, various percussion, strings and basso continuo. Rameau gives the orchestra a lot to do and, as with all of Rameau's operas, the orchestra plays almost continuously throughout the work.

Zoroastre has associations with Freemasonry and in some ways it is similar to Mozart's Die Zauberflöte in its depiction of the struggle between good and evil. The work is powerful it is one of Rameau's finest achievements.
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2 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware May 20, 2011
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If you have a Dell computer, you may have trouble playing, or downloading this set. Many Warner Brothers labels (Teldec, Erato, Warner Bros. Classics) have anti-piracy software that makes them incompatible with the disc drives that many Dell computers have. The music's great, if you can hear it through the background distortion.
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