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Rameau: Les Indes galantes - Opéra de Paris [DVD] [2004] [2010]

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  • Actors: Danielle de Niese, João Fernandes, Valérie Gabail, Nicolas Cavallier, Anna Maria Panzarella
  • Format: Anamorphic, DTS Surround Sound, Colour, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: German, English, Spanish, Italian, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jun. 2005
  • Run Time: 244 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S4EQO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,493 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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William Christie and Les Arts Florissants propel this exuberant production of Jean-Philippe Rameau's second opera to great heights. Andrei Serban's extravagant, highly baroque staging presents the four exotic love stories in a fantastic operatic spectacle.

Press Reviews

"A sparkling Baroque opera...a vibrant and spectacular work on a grand scale…" (Artsworld)
"Described as an Opera-Ballet in four Acts, Les Indes Galantes was Rameau's biggest stage success in his own lifetime, and one can understand why from this spectacular production, staged at the Paris Opéra in 2004. The director, Andrei Serban, presents the piece with the sort of lavish effects and movement that would have delighted 18th-century audiences...Outstanding among the soloists are Nathan Berg as Huascar...Anna Maria Panzarella as Emilie and Paul Agnew as Valere, with Joao Fernandez memorably in drag as Bellone. The final curtain brings an exuberant encore after the credits, with Christie hilariously joining in the dance." (The Penguin Guide)
"The production, designs and choreography are an absolute joy. The singers include Paul Agnew as Valère, whose lively 'Hâtez-vous de vous embarquer' bears a startling resemblance to 'Scacciata dal suo nido' from Handel's Rodelinda of 10 years earlier. Nathan Berg rages eloquently as the villainous Huascar in 'Les Incas'." (Gramophone)
"As the plot is a pastiche of several stories, the visual style of the production seems to be a synthesis of infinite influences and ideas. Literal, representational styles are mixed with abstract elements. The effect is ephemeral and dream-like...This DVD set is remarkable in all respects. It is a must-have for opera lovers as well as Baroque music enthusiasts.

" (Musicweb International)
Cast
Valérie Gabail (Prologue: L'Amour)
Nicolas Rivenq (Les Sauvages: Adario )
Paul Agnew (Le Turc généreux: Valère)
Patricia Petibon (Les Sauvages: Zima)
Nicolas Cavallier (Le Turc généreux: Osman)
Jaël Azzaretti (Les Incas du Pérou: Phani)
Les Arts Florissants; William Christie

Stage Director: Andrei Serban
Catalogue Number: OA0923D
Date of Performance: 2003
Running Time: 244 minutes
Sound: DTS Surround; LPCM Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE, ES, IT
Label: Opus Arte

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By A Customer on 13 July 2005
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Les Indes Galantes was Rameau's second theatrical work. This opéra-ballett was first given on August 1735. This enchanting and exotic piece consists of a prologue and four entrées (acts).
The prologue has a theme taken from mythology, and concerns the universality of Love. In first entrée, Le Turc Genereux (The Generous Turk) Osman sets free his captive, Emilie, whom he loves, so that she may be reunited with her former lover, Valère. It contains a descriptive storm scene, a chorus of sailors, and a ballet by African slaves.
In the second entrée, Les Incas de Perou, The Incas' Festival of the Sun is depicted in a grand spectacle full of choruses, symphonies, and airs. It is about the rivalry of the Inca Huascar and the Spaniard Don Carlos, both in pursuit of Princess Phani. It contains a musical earthquake, which is described in the orchestra by tremolos, and dissonant harmony, and was considered too difficult to perform. The music of this entrée is dissonant, emotionally sustained, and quite modern.
The third entrée, Les Fleurs (The Flowers), offers emotional release after so much drama. The dominant element in this entrée is the dance; there is no drama, only serene music. It is about Persian love intrigue, as the Sultana Fatima tries to detect whether her husband Tacmas has his eye on the lovely Atalide.
The final entrée, Les Sauvages (The Savages) was added at a much later date. Set in a North American forest, with Native American characters, after an initial amorous story, the main body of the entrée is built around the Ceremony of the Pipe of Peace. It is about a Spaniard and a Frenchman compete for the love of Zima, daughter of a native chief, who prefers one of her own people.
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Rameau's music is performed brilliantly here, and its many moods are supported and enhanced by the visual material--colourful stage sets, playfully exotic costumes and graceful dance. There is plenty to watch here, as well as to listen to, and the staging is spectacular. The emotional intensity of some of the scenes comes mainly from the singing, and works well enough on CD, but the DVD comes into its own with the spectacular set-pieces, such as volcanic eruptions, and the charm of the more light-hearted dances. My own favourite was the one where the dancers are all in giant flower pots. The general exuberance and high spiritedness of the piece is such that William Christie joins in at the curtain call, when there is a reprise of the Native Americans' big dance number with everyone doing stylized turkey-movements, Christie included. Entrancing and joyful.
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Thankfully this awesome Parisian production of Rameau's finest opera-ballet has been filmed for posterity. To not have done so would have been a crime. I only wish other classic productions received the same attention. Suffice to say this 21st century adaptation with Christie at the helm is an irressistable source of musical and visual pleasure. The performances are perfect, the music is startling in its emotional intensity and the choreography captures the refined movements of 18th century ballet with exquiste ease. If you like your Baroque with a touch of modern day inventiveness then this adaptation is one for you. You may even find yourself repeating the encore over and over again. The opera is accompanied by an excellent documentary.
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By J. Mcdonald TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2016
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The audience attending this live filming is in no doubt that the star of the show here is Patricia Petibon, though to be fair to the other performers she does get to feature in the “earworm” of Rameau`s ballet héroïque the “ air des sauvages”.

Les Indes is a four act work with a prologue and was the composer's second stage work of this kind; “ The Amorous Indies” is a fanciful tour of the exotic worlds of far-off lands and native peoples; each act a separate love-story and - as one would expect of the French baroque – the glory of the opera is in its ballet, with plenty of terpsichorean activity featured in each scene.
The choreography is excellent as are the individual performances of each singer – and what a starry cast there is – with performers such as Danielle de Niese, Anna Maria Panzarella, Paul Agnew and a host of others all in fine voice and directed by William Christie and supported by the stalwart Les Arts Florissants orchestra and chorus.
The theatrical staging is well handled with imaginative modern sets combined with fairly traditional (read basic) special effects; it is contemporary but not avant garde, quite an acceptable compromise for a work from this age. The filming and editing is nicely done given the circumstances of a live recording.
On the two DVD set, the main feature runs for just under 3 hours with a supporting documentary of 50 minutes.

A very enjoyable viewing – and listening - experience.
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Rameau - Les Indes galantes / Petibon · Agnew · Croft · Hartelius · Rivenq · de Niese · Panzarella · Le Roi · Les Arts Florissants · Christe - Serban (Opéra de Paris 2004) [2003]

Indes Galantes composed in 1735 is Rameau's most popular work, and in this lively and colourful production making the most of the mythological, Turkis, Inca and Red Indian settings.

The intensity and depth of the colours mainly using equal tones is masterly, the work comprising equal parts of opera and ballet in outstanding choreography.

The singers are all period specialists directed by William Christie, and I recommend reading the fine review by "A Customer - 13 Jul 2005" to get a full understanding of this outstanding issue; in addition to understand the conventions of Rameau's time I suggest viewing the Documentary before watching the performance.

Highly recommended.
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