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5.0 out of 5 stars Rameau Overtures, 2 April 2013
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This is a wonderful cd, which I picked up quite by chance while browsing through a cd shop some years ago. It's a pity that cd shops seem to have largely gone the way of the dinosaurs, as they were great places to spend a lunchbreak, or while waiting for the bus, just browsing through the piles of available music that you would never otherwise have found. I've found some real gems over the years this way.

Anyway, this cd was the Editor's Choice in the Gramophone Magazine in July 1997 - seems a long time ago now, but this cd is still referred to as a definitive version and collection of Rameau's Overtures. Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) was one of the most important French composers and theorists of the Baroque era. His music ranks with Lully as being pivotal to the French Court, and Rameau wrote many works, including court music, operas and stage works, and he wrote a Treatise on Harmony in 1722 which incorporated and progressed the basis of all Western musical theory.

Christophe Rousset, with Les Talen Lyriques are the masters at presenting this music Rameau's overtures are presented beautifully, musically, lyrically, and with all the charm of French Baroque music. Rameau's early music followed the master, Lully, but as his works progress, as we hear through the cd, Rameau's own brilliance shines through in his own right.

This cd, although it has been on the market since 1997, is still a masterpiece. It is over one hour of wonderful music captured on one cd, and presented by masters of Rameau's art. Totally recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rameau : Overtures, 21 Mar 2011
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My son is delighted to finally have this CD as he had been hoping to receive it as a Christmas gift !!

I was very pleased how speedily it arrived too. Thank you.
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