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Rameau: Orchestral Suites from Nais & Le Temple de la Gloire Import

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The French are fond of categorizing things. Baroque stage works had many names: "tragedie lyrique," "opera-ballet," "acte de ballet," "ballet bouffon," and many more besides. Basically, aside from length, all of these various genres consist of the same thing: a series of dances and vocal scenes arranged in such a way so as to illustrate a plot drawn from classical mythology. Rameau was the finest composer of these opera/ballet combinations, and his dance music was so successful that orchestral suites of dances taken from the larger works have always been popular, even in his own lifetime. These two sensationally played suites vividly illustrate his uniquely colorful orchestration and rhythmic verve. If you like Baroque music, you'll love this. --David Hurwitz
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 21, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B0000007EE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,436 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By M. C. Passarella on July 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Ironically (maybe), while the operas from which these suites are extracted aren't among Rameau's important ones, the orchestral music itself is some of the most colorful and entertaining that Rameau produced. The slow music is elegant and dignified, as usual with with this master, but the more boistrous stuff is absolutely brilliantly martial, with flashing trumpets, thundering timpani. Each Tambourin is a witty gem--in all, this is Baroque orchestral music at its best.

But then again, the performances are perfect or as close as mortals can get to that mark. William Christie's forces, good as they usually are, outdo themselves here, obviously enjoying themselves immensely. You can't produce results like these unless you do--which is another compliment to Rameau and his genius. First-rate sound with lots of presence rounds out the package.
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The two baroque "court pieces" here showcase Rameau's gift and musicianship. Musical passages are very ornamental, a stark contrast to the crisp sound of the Italian baqoque. Both Nais and The Temple of Glory are very energetic with many dance parts, and listening to it is both uplisfting and relaxing. The sound quality is excellent. Highly recommended.
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By A Customer on March 11, 2004
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Well executed, wonderful music. Its hard to beat Mcgegan and his band. He's done several CDs of Rameau orchestral music, and all are standouts. Nais is in a league of its own in terms of musical invention and brilliance. The overture is outstanding. (Incidentally, Christophe Rousset and Les talens Lyriques do a "take no prisoners" version of the Nais overture on their CD of Rameau overtures....that's the only place where Mcgegan has been eclipsed in my book)
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This is another great CD by Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia baroque. I've found his renditions to be uniformly outstanding.

Rameau's music occupies a worthy but not always appreciated place in the baroque musical pantheon of the mid-1700s. And there's truly room in this pantheon for a variety of demigods, from the usual "heavies"--Bach Handel and Vivaldi-- to those like Rameau who are not as well-known as they should be. His writing is clever, well-constructed, and full of good humor. It provides a delicious counterweight to the heavies.

Rameau also wrote some serious "stuff". But I generally gravitate towards the orchestral suites from operas and ballets. The two suites here I believe are representative of others in Rameau's output and are worth exploring. Highly recommended.

Others that are also fun, including renditions by McGegan, Rousset and Bruggen:

Rameau - Suites from Platée & Dardanus / PBO · McGegan
Rameau: Les Indes Galantes Suite
Rameau: Overtures
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By A Customer on June 12, 1999
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A nice blend of relaxing and beautiful baroque music. If one loves baroque music, then one's library must not lack this amazing CD. Very pleasing.
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