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Rameau: Les Surprises De L'amour, Paris, 1758 Box set


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  • Performer: Karine Deshayes, Anders J. Dahlin, Jean-Sébastien Bou, Amel Brahim-Djeloul, Virginie Pochon, et al.
  • Orchestra: Les Nouveaux Caractères
  • Conductor: Sébastien d'Hérin
  • Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau
  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Glossa
  • ASIN: B00EA1GBVC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,771 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Ouverture: Le Plus Vite Possible
2. Ouverture: Adagio. Sans Lenteur
3. Ouverture: Gai
4. Un Peu Gai
5. Pour Surprendre Adonis...
6. O Diane! O Sombres Forets!
7. Vous Qui Connoissez Ce Sejour
8. Le Dieu Qui Fait Aimer
9. Je Vous Entendois Soupirer
10. Gavotte
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Disc: 2
1. Charmes De Mon Vainqueur - Linus Doit, Pour Me Voir
2. Eleve Et Fils Du Dieu Que Le Pinde Revere
3. Chantez La Faveur Eclatante
4. Ce Sublime Essor M'epouvante
5. Venez Tous Ecouter Ma Lyre - Ecoutons, Ecoutons Sa Lyre
6. Linus, Que Vous Tardiez a Reponde a Ma Voix!
7. Je N'aimerai, Ne Chanterai
8. Vous, Dont Les Chants Melodieux
9. Entree Des Sirene - Lente
10. Gavotte - Lyre Enchanteresse
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The exciting and vigorous talents of Sébastien d Hérin and Les Nouveaux Caractères announce their debut on Glossa with a major and appropriately unexpected release of a glaring Rameau operatic omission on record: 'Les Surprises de l Amour' (Cupid s Surprises). This opéra-ballet, consisting here of three separate entrées, first performed in 1748 and submitted to later revisions, comes from the period of Jean-Philippe Rameau s rich maturity when he had finally become a court composer. Three tales of love struggling variously against aggression (L Enlèvement d Adonis), indifference (La Lyre enchantée) and drink (Anacréon) are brought to life in this captivating new production mixing vocal airs, dialogues and duets with the full panoply of Rameau s orchestral genius including battle and sleep scenes, dances and thunder effects. Through recently formed, the Lyon-based Les Nouveaux Caractères consists of a stable group of artists which, as well as incorporating the cultured harpsichord-playing and direction of Sébastien d Hérin, presents here vocal soloists of the calibre of Karine Deshayes, Caroline Mutel, Anders Dahlin, Virginie Pochon and Jean-Sébastien Bou, who are called upon to portray an array of mythological figures such as Cupid himself, his mother Venus, the huntress Diana, the Siren Parthenope, the Muse Urania as well as the bibulous lover Anacreon, all in an inventive musical score which originally featured no less than Madame de Pompadour in its cast.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Midgley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Oct 2013
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Rameau's opera-ballets must have been - and still are - fabulous aural and visual spectacles. But, let's face it, as purely home-listening experiences they're not for everyone - nor even for every baroque enthusiast. You need to be able to turn a blind eye to nonsensical plots, one-dimensional characters and ludicrous libretti; and, while a knowledge of French is not essential, it's at least useful to be familiar with the phrase "Que vois-je?", which tells you when something is about to happen. But if you can take all this, the rewards include scintillating, varied and richly scored music, brilliant and demanding singing roles, with never a dull musical moment - and all the more so when performed with the refreshing panache and expertise of this present recording from the young, Lyon-based early-music ensemble Les Nouveaux Caractères under the superbly stylish direction of Sébastien d'Hérin.

"Les Surprises de l'Amour" consists of three separate tableaux or "entrées", depicting the amorous adventures of mythical Greek gods and humans. Each one of these, "L'Enlèvement d'Adonis", "La Lyre Enchantée" and "Anacréon", consists of a succession of short airs, recitatives, orchestral interludes and dance movements - linked, of course, by the regulation dubious storyline - and each of the three entrées handily occupies a separate disc in this recording. The singing, from nine soloists including sopranos, mezzo, tenors and baritones, is first-class throughout.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Scintillating Rameau 29 Oct 2013
By Stephen Midgley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Rameau's opera-ballets must have been - and still are - fabulous aural and visual spectacles. But, let's face it, as purely home-listening experiences they're not for everyone - nor even for every baroque enthusiast. You need to be able to turn a blind eye to nonsensical plots, one-dimensional characters and ludicrous libretti; and, while a knowledge of French is not essential, it's at least useful to be familiar with the phrase "Que vois-je?", which tells you when something is about to happen. But if you can take all this, the rewards include scintillating, varied and richly scored music, brilliant and demanding singing roles, with never a dull musical moment - and all the more so when performed with the refreshing panache and expertise of this present recording from the young, Lyon-based early-music ensemble Les Nouveaux Caractères under the superbly stylish direction of Sébastien d'Hérin.

"Les Surprises de l'Amour" consists of three separate tableaux or "entrées", depicting the amorous adventures of mythical Greek gods and humans. Each one of these, "L'Enlèvement d'Adonis", "La Lyre Enchantée" and "Anacréon", consists of a succession of short airs, recitatives, orchestral interludes and dance movements - linked, of course, by the regulation dubious storyline - and each of the three entrées handily occupies a separate disc in this recording. The singing, from nine soloists including sopranos, mezzo, tenors and baritones, is first-class throughout. The instrumental scoring is richly coloured by pairs of treble recorders, horns, oboes and bassoons as well as the usual strings and continuo, and the players of this extremely talented and energetic period-instrument ensemble respond superbly to Rameau's brilliant instrumental passages - try sampling the Ouverture (CD I, 1-3), Entrée (14), Airs (16), Descente de Diane (23); on CD II, the Gavottes (11), Tambourin (23) or Contredanse (28); or, on CD III, Légèrement (1) or Sommeil (10).

Altogether this set is sure to please dedicated Rameau fans. For those less familiar with the late-baroque master's theatre music, a shorter work on a single disc, such as the gorgeous opera-ballet "Pygmalion", would make an ideal introduction; there are excellent recordings available under William Christie, Hervé Niquet, James Richman and Gustav Leonhardt. But for a full-scale evening of Rameau theatre, the present recording of "Les Surprises de l'Amour" is among the very finest. The recording is first-class as well, as are the booklet notes with plot summaries, and all texts and translations are given. Les Nouveaux Caractères certainly live up to their name - they're a terrific ensemble and a great credit to their director Sébastien d'Hérin, and I hope we'll be hearing plenty more from them.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
And the hits keep coming. 5 Jan 2014
By Rick Heilberg - Published on Amazon.com
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It seems that a couple of times a year now, some company releases a previously unheard (or rarely heard) french baroque opera, and like Pavlov's dog, I rush out to get it. Fortunately (and this applies to Les surprises de l'amour), these recordings are generally from specialist labels and artists who truly love this music and make every effort to get it right. Les surprises de l'amour is a set of three one-act Opera-ballets, two of which have not been recorded before (the third, Anacreon was done by Minkowski on DG). While the sound and the performances are all top notch, the episodic nature of the pieces would make me hesitate in recommending this for the first time Rameau listener (the Dardanus CD or the Platee DVD from Minkowski, or the Hippolyte et Aricie or Zoroastre CDs from Christie would be better starting places), but anyone who already knows and loves Rameau and french baroque opera will want to have this.
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