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A very enjoyable opera in the French Baroque style,
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This review is from: Rameau : Zoroastre (Audio CD)
When I last did a review of a Rameau opera I said that recitative was used sparingly, I now understand that this wasn't quite correct and is something which is demonstrated well here. In these French baroque operas and opera-ballets the differences between recitative, aria, ensembles and orchestral dances are all rather blurred so that they merge into each other, also much of the recitative has a full accompaniment making it sound in passing like an aria. I really like this approach especially when compared for instance, to the operas of Handel where the distinction between recitative and aria is very clear. It means that instead of the recitative being something to endure on the way to the next aria, or at least, something which to me, holds up the progress of the musical ideas, becomes a more integral part of the music.
This particular opera has the usual William Christie touch, he is well tuned in to Rameau in my opinion and his soloists, chorus and orchestra all sing/play with a beautiful tone and colour, phrasing everything quite enchantingly.
The presentation is of course up to the usual Erato standard with a comprehensive booklet including and essay and libretto. Highly recommended!