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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful French Baroque Opera-Ballet, 23 Sep 2010
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This review is from: Rameau: Les Indes galantes (Audio CD)
I only came across Rameau recently when listening to the Proms (2010) where there was a performance by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales of the suite from Dardanus ; I was transfixed. To see if this was a fluke I visited YouTube and typed in Rameau, there were loads of hits and the piece that came up most was this opera-ballet and I was not disapointed. Rameau's dramatic music is without fail tuneful, imaginative, bright and touching by turns, it uses recitative sparingly, ensembles quite often and the ballets are just divine and for me, the best part of these magical works.

Turning to the specifics of this recording I can say that William Christie is made for this music, he has a fine sense of the dramatic and carries the colour throughout, his soloists and chorus are first rate and the band perfect for this repertoire. The packaging of this is top notch, the booklet including an interesting essay and a full libretto in 3 languages including French and English.

In essence I would give this set my full reccomendation and will be buying more Rameau very soon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than the Dances, 23 July 2013
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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
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