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Rameau: Les Fêtes d'Hébé

Jean-Philippe Rameau , William Christie , Arts Florissants Chorus , Arts Florissants Orchestra , Sophie Daneman , et al. Audio CD

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Listen  1. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Prologue Overture to Act 1 4:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Prologue "Non, ne suivez point mes pas" [Hébé, Momus] 2:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Prologue "Les Grâces dans ces lieux" [Hébé, Momus, Chorus] 1:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Prologue "Vénus près de l'objet de sa vive tendresse" [L'Amour, Hébé, Chorus] 2:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Prologue "Fortunés habitants de ces prochains bocages" [L'Amour, Chorus] 1:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Prologue - Air gai 1:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Prologue - Bourée0:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Prologue "Accourez, riante jeunesse" [Hébé] 2:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Prologue "Qu'avec l'Amour Hébé soit partout souveraine" [Hébé, L'Amour] 1:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Prologue "Vole Zéphir, Hébé t'appelle" [L'Amour] 2:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Prologue - Air gracieux pour Zéphir et les Grâces0:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Prologue "Volons sur les bords de la Seine" [Chorus] 2:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Prologue "Volez, zéphirs" [Chorus] 2:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 1 "Bois chéri des amours" [Sapho] 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 1 "Cessez de m'agiter, vains remords" [Sapho, Thélème] 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 1 "Contrainte trop cruelle!" [Sapho, Alcée]0:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 1 "Par les horreurs du noir Tartare" [Alcée]0:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 1 "En vain, contre Thélème" [Sapho]0:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 1 "Dieu des vers, à ton tour" [Alcée, Sapho] 1:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 1 Bruit de chasse 1:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 1 "Dansons tous, dansons, chantons!" [Chorus]0:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 1 Premier & Deuxième Tambourins 1:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 1 "Dansons tous, dansons, chantons!" [Chorus]0:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 1 "Mortels que le plaisir amène" [La Naïade] 2:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 1 "Ciel! O ciel!" [Chorus] 1:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 1 "Mortels, rassurez-vous!" [Le Fleuve, La Naïade] 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 1 "Je vous revois" [Le Ruisseau, La Naïade] 1:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 1 "Mon coeur est enchanté des tendres sentiments" [Hymas, Sapho, Thélème] 1:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 1 "Célébrez le pouvoir d'une muse touchante" [Hymas, Alcée, Chorus] 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 1 Premier et Deuxième Tambourins 1:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 1 "Fuis, fuis, porte ailleurs tes fureurs" [Le Ruisseau] 3:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 1 Gavotte - Danse des Mariniers 1:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 1 Premier et Deuxième Rigaudons 1:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen34. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 1 "Dieu charmant" [Sapho, Alcée, Chorus] 1:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen35. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 2 "Pour rendre à mon hymen tout l'Olympe propice" [Iphise] 4:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen36. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 2 "Mais le Roi sort du temple" [Iphise, Lycurgue, Chorus] 1:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen37. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 2 "Mortels, pour être heureux" [Tirtée]0:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen38. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 2 "Qui te retient, Lacédémone?" [Tirtée, Iphise, Lycurgue, Chorus] 3:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen39. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 2 "O mort n'exerce pas ta rigueur inhumaine" [Iphise, Chorus, L'Oracle] 3:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen40. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 2 Ballet0:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen41. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 2 Pour le génie de Mars 1:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen42. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 2 La Victoire 1:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen43. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 2 Premier et Deuxième Rigaudons 1:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen44. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 2 L'Hymen - Chaconne 3:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen45. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 2 "Ah! Le plaisir s'accorde avec la gloire!" [Iphise] 1:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen46. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 2 "Aimez, d'une ardeur mutuelle!" [Lycurgue, Iphise, Tirtée, Chorus] 2:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen47. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 2 "Apollon veut aussi prendre part au succès de son art" [Chorus] 1:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen48. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 2 "Chantons la gloire de nos armes" [Chorus] 1:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen49. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 2 Air majestueux 1:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen50. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 2 "Eclatante trompette" [Iphise] 1:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen51. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 2 "Eclatante trompette" [Chorus] 3:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen52. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 2 Premier et Deuxième Airs Vifs 2:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen53. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 2 "Régnez, voltigez" [Une Lacédémonienne] 1:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen54. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 2 Premier et Deuxième Menuets 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen55. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 2 "Eclatante trompette" [Iphise] 2:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen56. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 Ritournelle0:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen57. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 "Que de plaisirs l'Amour m'apprête!" [Mercure] 2:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen58. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 "De l'art de Terpsichore" [Mercure, Eurilas] 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen59. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 "Tu veux avoir la préférence" [Mercure, Eglé, chorus] 1:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen60. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 "Mais il fuit..." [Mercure] 1:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen61. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 "Une tendre bergère" [Eglé] 3:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen62. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 Le son des musettes 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen63. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 "C'est pour l'Amour que nos hameaux sont faits" [Eglé, Mercure]0:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen64. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 Premier et Deuxième Gavottes 2:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen65. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 Rigaudon0:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen66. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 "Pour un autre, Eglé se déclare" [Eurilas, Mercure]0:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen67. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 "Le charmant art d'Eglé" [Chorus]0:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen68. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 Prelude0:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen69. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 Terpsichore, les Nymphes, les Faunes et les Sylvains0:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen70. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 Lourée grave 1:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen71. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 Premier et Deuxième Menuets 2:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen72. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 "Contre l'Amour, jeunes beautés" [Mercure]0:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen73. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 Musette 1:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen74. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 Tambourin en rondeau 1:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen75. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 "Suivez les lois" [Chorus, Une Bergère, Mercure] 1:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen76. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 "Eglé me tient sous sa puissance" [Mercure, Chorus]0:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen77. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 Premier et Deuxième Passepieds 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen78. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 "L'objet qui règne dans mon âme" [Mercure] 4:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen79. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 "Je fais mon bien suprême" [Mercure] 2:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen80. Les Fêtes d'Hébé : Act 3 Contredanse0:31£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Christie triumph 13 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Few things weigh as heavily in the world of classical music as Gramophone's endorsement. This recording didn't lack one. In fact, Les Fetes d'Hebe won Gramophone 1998 Best Early Opera award, joining other highly-acclaimed Les Arts Florissants recordings and cementing William Christie's fame as the principal exponent of French baroque repertory. Les Fetes d'Hebe is an example of the most popular genre in the 18th-century France - opera-ballet. It is not based on a dramatic plot, but presents a series of "entrees," each with an individual subplot and a distinct musical palette. Both vocal and orchestral numbers delight the senses. The cast is mostly composed of performers who frequently appear with Les Arts Florissants. The degree of artistic cohesion this group has achieved is remarkable. All of the performers deserve to be lauded by name for their wonderful contributions, but this would take too long. I will, however, mention Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, from whose performance I derived the most pleasure on this recording. The Christie/Fouchecourt collaboration dates back more than 10 years, and no wonder. Fouchecourt's voice, sweet and nuanced, with a slight hint of plaintiveness, is nearly ideal for this kind of repertory. Christie taps into the best talents in the world. Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, Paul Agnew and Mark Padmore who between them probably made the most appearances with Christie, are (in my view at least) the best, most distinctive male voices of all time. Now that Christie has added Ian Bostridge to his roster (with Mozart's Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail) the universe is complete. As far as I'm concerned, if all the other tenors were suddenly lost in the Bermuda triangle I wouldn't care. Buying this or any other Christie recording will be the best gift you can give yourself.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Fetes D'Hebe 4 Jan 2011
By Robin Friedman - Published on Amazon.com
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The revival of interest in recent years in period performances and early music has saved some extraordinary music from virtual oblivion. Among those responsible for this resurgence are the American-born conductor William Christie and his period ensemble Les Arts Florissants. Christie is a lover of the French Baroque. Since its founding in 1979, Les Arts Florissants has been bringing the beauties of French Baroque and other early music to life in live performances and recordings. In particular Christie and his ensemble have championed the works of Jean-Phillipe Rameau, the leading opera composer of the French Baroque, whose work remains too little known. Rameau composed a series of operas in many genres beginning at the age of 50.

Christie's recording of Rameau's "Les Fetes D'Hebe" dates from 1997 and remains the only complete recording of this opera in the catalogue. Composed in 1739, the opera remained popular throughout Rameau's life but, according to Nicholas Anderson's liner notes, then languished unperformed until its 20th Century revival. Christie and Les Arts Florissants deserve gratitude and huzzas. The opera and the performance are lilting and inspired. It is easy to fall in love with this music.

"Les Fetes D'Hebe" is in the form of an opera-ballet and reflects the love of Rameau's public for the dance and for exotic, pastoral settings. The opera consists of a Prelude and three loosely connected acts set on the Seine which celebrate the arts of poetry, music and dance. The score consists of a succession of brief recitives and arias, but the heart of each act is a lengthy interlude consisting of a set of instrumental dances and vocal numbers. These ballet sections include baroque forms such as the bouree, gavotte, passepied, rigaudon, and the ever-present minuet. I liked to use my imagination with the music to visualize the dancing onstage. The final act of the opera also includes Rameau's famous, highly stylized "Tambourin" and an accompanying highly contrasting "Musette". Rameau borrowed both these sections as well as some other dance music from his harpsichord suite "Pieces de Clavecin" composed in 1724. Here is a link to a version of the Pieces de Clavecin I have enjoyed performed by harpsichordist Alan Cuckston. Rameau: Harpsichord Music (Complete), Vol. 1

The performance on this recording is spirited on all sides, from the conducting, to the period ensemble, to the chorus and soloists. The recorders and drums are shown to great prominence as is the continuo ensemble consisting of cello, bass viol, double bass, and harpsichord. The soloists feature the rare high tenor of Jean-Paul Fouchecourt who offers his most extended performance in this opera in the role of Mercury in the third act. The other soloists include mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, high tenor Paul Agnew, soprano Sophie Daneman, and baritone Thierry Felix.

Rameau wrote "Les Fetes D'Hebe" primarily to entertain an audience looking for light, accessible music and dance. He succeeded in this aim by writing music with as much beauty as in many works that claim to be more profound. With its pastoral ambience, the opera captures a range of feeling and emotion. Lovers of the French Baroque will enjoy getting to know this rare work performed by Christie and Les Arts Florissants.

Robin Friedman
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem 18 May 1999
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What a treat to discover Rameau through this little gem. Les Fetes d'Hebe moves with enchanting spirit and grace, the lightness of the opera-ballet medium perfectly suited to the French baroque style. William Christie and his performers once again furnish a remarkable recording.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rameau A+, Christie/LAF C+ 4 Jan 2005
By Vaughan Otter - Published on Amazon.com
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Too much can't be said to praise the music here, dated 1739 when the composer was in his prime.

Les Fêtes d'Hébé is a pastoral opera-ballet comprised of a Prologue and 3 Entrees, dedicated to Poetry, Music, and Danse respectively. Ramaeu deploys an arsenal of assorted instruments a cordes & a vents to keep the shepherds on their feet or calm them with ravishing musettes.

However, all is not ideal in this idyllic scenario, per the performance. There is probably no better way to make this obvious than by comparing this offering to Bruggen's recording on Glossa of an instrumental suite drawn from the original.

Christie seems to be in a hurry, singers are nearly gasping, and strings are thin and disordered. Bruggen's broader tempi allow for a more expansive and rhythmic response from the orchestra and more delights for the listener to enjoy.

Credit to all for making the complete recording available, and it may be essential for Christie/LAF/Rameau fans. But it doesnt warm me up like Bruggen does.

PS: Unavailable for a few years, Bruggen's recording was reissued by Glossa in 2007 Jean-Philippe Rameau: Orchestral Works. A companion recording of equal merit Rameau - Orchestral Suites ~ Naïs · Zoroastre / Orchestra of the 18th Century · Brüggen is still available in its originally issued format - highly recommended.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite Rameau operas 4 Nov 2005
By Steven Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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Les Fêtes d'Hébé is one of my favourite opera-ballets by Rameau - thanks to William Christie and his Les Arts Florissants.

Les Fêtes d'Hébé is more of an 'entertainment' than a conventional opera and it is jam-packed full of great tunes, great songs and choruses and technicolour dance music. Rameau uses folk instruments and percussion as well as a full Baroque orchestra.

Along with Les Indes Galantes, Les Fêtes d'Hébé is probably my favourite "bright and breezy" work of Rameau.

If you're a fan of the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau or just a curious music lover, I feel certain that this recording will provide you with a lot of joy.

The orchestral music on this recording is very special indeed and it is some of Rameau's finest.
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