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Rameau: Castor Et Pollux Box set

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  • Orchestra: Concentus Musicus Wien
  • Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau
  • Audio CD (10 Mar. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B0012GSK9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,697 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Prologue Overture
  2. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Prologue ""Vénus! ô Vénus"""
  3. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Prologue ""Je vous revois, belle Déesse"" [Vénus, Mars, Minerve, L'Amour, Chorus]"
  4. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 1 ""Que tout gémisse"" [Chorus]"
  5. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 1 ""Où courez-vous?"" [Télaïre, Phébé]"
  6. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 1 ""Tristes apprêts"" [Télaïre]"
  7. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 1 ""Mais, d'où partent ces cris nouveaux?"" [Pollux, Télaïre, Chorus]"
  8. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 1 ""Je remets à vos pieds"" [Pollux, Télaïre]"

Disc: 2

  1. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 2 ""Nature, Amour"" [Pollux]"
  2. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 2 ""Ce sacrifice vous annonce"" [Pollux, Télaïre]"
  3. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 2 ""Le souverain des Dieux"" [High Priest of Jupiter, Pollux, Télaïre, Chorus]"
  4. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 2 ""Ma voix, puissant maître du monde"" [Jupiter, Pollux]"
  5. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 2 ""Conaissez notre puissance!"" [Pollux, Hébé, Chorus]"
  6. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 3 ""Rassemblez-vouz"" [Phébé, Chorus]"
  7. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 3 ""Ah! Prince"" [Pollux, Phébé, Chorus]"
  8. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 3 ""Ah! Princesse"" [Pollux, Phébé, Télaïre]"
  9. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 3 ""Sortez, sortez d'esclavage"" [Pollux, Télaïre, Phébé, Chorus]"
  10. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 3 ""Tout cède à ce héros vainqueur!"" [Phébé]"

Disc: 3

  1. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 4 ""Séjour de l'éternelle paix"" [Castor]"
  2. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 4 ""Qu'il soit heureux comme nous!"" [Castor, Chorus]"
  3. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 4 ""Rassurez-vous"" [Pollux, Chorus]"
  4. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 4 ""Mais, qui s'offre à mes yeux"" [Pollux, Castor]"
  5. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 5 ""Castor revoit le jour"" [Phébé]"
  6. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 5 ""Le ciel est donc touché"" [Castor, Télaïre]"
  7. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 5 ""Vivez, heureux époux!"" [Chorus]"
  8. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 5 ""Eh quoi!"" [Castor, Télaïre]"
  9. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 5 ""Les Destins sont contents"" [Jupiter, Castor, Télaïre]"
  10. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 5 ""Mon frère, ô ciel!"" [Pollux, Chorus]"
  11. "Rameau : Castor et Pollux : Act 5 ""Tant de vertus doivent prétendre"" [Chorus]"

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‘…stylish and very enjoyable… a welcome reappearance to the catalogue.’ (Gramophone)

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Superb recording by a brilliant cast and, of course, enhanced by the conductor's interpretation. A wonderful tribute to the Rameau celebrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rameau: Castor et Pollux 29 April 2010
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I had great service and received exactly the great music CD that I had expected. What more could a person ask for??? However, I am disappointed that the libretto is not translated into English.
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5.0 out of 5 stars French Baroque Perfection 22 Sept. 2010
By Jonathan - Published on Amazon.com
I just found and listened to my vinyl recording of Harnoncourt's reading of Rameau's Castor et Pollux (the present CD is a re-release of the same performance). It was the first time I had listened to this performance in about 12 years (though I purchased it at the time of it's original release in the 70's). In my opinion this was and still represents the finest, most rewarding recorded performance of French baroque orchestral playing. Few recordings approach it. As I recall, this was something of a revolutionary recording for the Concentus Musicus Wien as well - using crescendo/diminuendo bowing and other baroque fiddle techniques more boldly than in previous recordings.

What is transcendental about this performance goes far beyond the application of "performance practices" and use of period instruments: the unanimity of approach; the profound and intimate understanding of the music's rhetorical language - its gesture and space as conceived by Harnoncourt and executed by the entire ensemble; the sublime nuances and instant turns of phrase; the suavity; the color and drama; the sense of dance - from playful to haunting and fiery --- and everything in between; the gloriously spontaneous sound of the ensemble ornamentation; subtle use of notes inegal. All these have left me just as spellbound today as they did when I first purchased the recording more than 30 years ago. Harnoncourt brings Rameau's startling and revolutionary vision of orchestration to life like no other interpretor (except perhaps, at times, Frans Bruggen and William Christie).

Though I wasn't initially enthusiastic about the vocal soloists years ago (found the women too strident and too heavy for the music), they now seem beautifully suited to their roles - expressive, colorful. The Stockholm Chamber Choir is magical -- perfectly in tune and extraordinarily responsive to each text setting (blending wonderfully with the orchestra as well). One would be hard-pressed to find an early-music ensemble (or any ensemble) present a more fluent, longing and ultimately triumphant reading as that of the closing grand Chaconne and ensuing chorus.
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