I had the pleasure of seeing this masterpiece in Paris conducted by Christie and this performance replicates what was one of the high points of my Opera going career.
French Opera Ballet of the 18th centuryis a strange mixture, of recitative, short arias, duets, choruses, but in this case without much of a strong story line, it is more a spectacle which is where the ballet comes in.
Everyone who knows the "Suites" is aware of Rameau's genius in writing dance music, but he also writes superbly in the other aspects, and the ballet makes so much greater sense in context
Christie paces the whole work ,yes it is not just a series of dances, and the cast is strong particularly Fouchecourt, who delivers the achingly beautiful slow tenor ariettes in a very sensitive manner.
So if you can not get or afford to go to Paris or Glyndebourne, (amazingly only one Rameau opera has appeared at Covent Garden or ENO,) (and then re wriiten completely as is the wont of Opera producers), buy this entrancing set. The final Chaconne is worth the price alone