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Offline The new erato

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« Reply #200 on: January 20, 2016, 06:02:01 AM »
Add this amazing DVD:



with Pauls Agnew's glorious performace as the frog princess:



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« Reply #201 on: January 20, 2016, 06:39:38 AM »
I shall check it out - thank you. On a related topic, I believe that the DVD of the recent Glyndebourne production of Handel's Saul is coming out soon. Not strictly an opera, I know, but it was a spectacularly dramatic show.

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« Reply #202 on: January 20, 2016, 04:46:01 PM »
Add this amazing DVD:



with Pauls Agnew's glorious performace as the frog princess:



For an audiovisual introduction to Rameau, I'd recommend Les Indes galantes first. Paul Agnew's great performance notwithstanding, to me Platée doesn't have the instant appeal of other Rameau operas.

Les Indes galantes (Les Arts Florissants / William Christie) DVD


Here's some of the music from Les Indes galantes:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/e2WPa-l-PmI" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/e2WPa-l-PmI</a>

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Re: ~ Baroque Opera ~
« Reply #203 on: January 20, 2016, 04:53:46 PM »
Thanks a lot, Peter!

No problem.

Not really sure what I'm looking for in Rameau, but I've been listening to recordings by Sabine Devieilhe and Carolyn Sampson lately, and find them extremely appealing. Dramatic heft is always good, but so far it's the glorious tunes that have piqued my interest.

For me, it's the combination of melodies and harmonies that sets Rameau apart from all other Baroque composers. The orchestration is amazing.

I just realised I have that Castor & Pollux in the big Harmonia Mundi Lumières box, so I'll definitely give that one a spin today, and go for Les Fêtes d'Hébé or Les Boréades next probably.

I don't recommend Castor et Pollux as a first stop for Rameau operas. It's not the most tuneful Rameau opera – but it does have the stunning aria, "Tristes apprêts, pâles flambeaux":

Rameau: Castor et Pollux - (Agnès Mellon [sop]; Les Arts Florissants / William Christie)
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/joJ37aNBdnE" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/joJ37aNBdnE</a>

I'd go with Les Indes galantes. It's an overload of glorious tunes.

By the way, I take it you're a Christie fan? ;)

I'm not much of a fan. It's just that he basically has a monopoly on recordings of Rameau operas. In Rameau, I prefer almost any other conductor, mainly because I find Christie too hard-driven most of the time. He's considered the world's foremost authority on Rameau, so I'm not in a position to say "Yes, but..."

For the record (tee hee), my favourite conductor of Rameau is Frans Brüggen. He lets the music breathe, and (to me) makes it sound like the greatest music ever written. Unfortunately, he never recorded a Rameau opera, only ever orchestral suites from the operas. Otherwise, I'd be recommending every Rameau recording by Frans Brüggen and his Orchestra of the 18th Century.

For example, get a load of this:

Rameau: Les Boréades, Acte IV - Entrée (Orchestra of the 18th Century / Frans Brüggen)
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/OmOXl17ibDc" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/OmOXl17ibDc</a>
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Offline JCBuckley

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« Reply #204 on: January 21, 2016, 01:52:45 AM »
I'm not much of a fan. It's just that he basically has a monopoly on recordings of Rameau operas.

I'm not sure that 'monopoly' is quite the right word any more - in recent years there have been some fine Rameau recordings from Niquet, d'Hérin, Reyne, Pichon and Rousset.

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« Reply #205 on: January 21, 2016, 02:02:04 AM »
Minkowski did Hippolyte et Aricie (and at least one more) and Harnoncourt Castor & Pollux These two are the only complete ones I have but cannot claim that I know them, bought them on some binge years ago but never listened to them all through...

As far as Suites go, in addition to Brüggen's Indes Galantes I'd recommend the two-disc-set with Savall. Among the most colorful and attractive music I know.
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« Reply #206 on: January 21, 2016, 03:37:59 PM »
As far as Suites go, in addition to Brüggen's Indes Galantes I'd recommend the two-disc-set with Savall. Among the most colorful and attractive music I know.

Here's the album on Spotify:

Rameau: L'Orchestre de Louis XV (Le Concert des Nations / Jordi Savall)
https://play.spotify.com/album/1jstSqjS4CuyggOMqbvyUm

And here's the gang doin' their thing live:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/nkvDniqFWUk" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/nkvDniqFWUk</a>
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Offline Monsieur Croche

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« Reply #207 on: September 20, 2016, 06:47:30 AM »
Add this amazing DVD:



with Pauls Agnew's glorious performace as the frog princess:



A stunning production and performance:  Agnew is startlingly good!  If you like / love Rameau, this is a run, don't walk non-decision... 'just do it.'  lol.
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Offline The new erato

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Re: ~ Baroque Opera ~
« Reply #208 on: September 20, 2016, 11:31:59 AM »
A stunning production and performance:  Agnew is startlingly good!  If you like / love Rameau, this is a run, don't walk non-decision... 'just do it.'  lol.
Som true. Amazingly. I also saw him do, with Les Arts Florissants, the best Monteverdi madrigal performance ever last year. So different from the antics in Platee, and WHAT a singer!

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