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Rameau: Zaïs

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  • Performer: Julian Prégardien, Sandrine Piau, Aimery Lefèvre, Benoît Arnould, Amel Brahim-Djelloul, et al.
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau
  • Audio CD (18 Sept. 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Aparté
  • ASIN: B00ZJ734YI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,136 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Digital Booklet: Rameau: Zaïs
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In 1745, the king granted Jean-Philippe Rameau the position of Composer du cabinet du roy, which came with a pension. This new period would see productions in a lighter vein, in collaboration with the librettist Louis de Cahusac, and some of the Burgundian musician's most important masterpieces. 'Zaïs', performed in 1748 on the stage of the Académie Royale de Musique, is one of them. This ballet-héroïque gave French music one of its finest works. The entire score is in the image of its famous overture: organising Chaos, surprising in its theatrical timbres and the boldness of the harmony. Although the plot is quite flimsy a lover (Zaïs) putting his beloved (Zélidie) to the test to cherish her all the more it is the pretext for innumerable divertissements and dances, whose magic is a veritable enchantment to the ear. 40 years after Gustav Leonhardt, it is the turn of Christophe Rousset to work on this score in a continuing series of recordings, concerts and writings that have made him one of Rameau's leading champions.

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'an absolute winner … Right from his first appearance, Julian Pregardien is superb as Zais: free, natural delivery of the text with no sense of strain … Sandrine Piau is perfect as the much put upon Zelide … Les Talens Lyriques and the Namur Choir are exemplary' --Richard Lawrence Gramophone, November 2015

Performance: **** Recording: ***** 'Christophe Rousset s recording is distinguished by a dazzling variety of articulation, dynamics and timbres ... The playing of Les Talens Lyriques is supple and characterful ... Piau is faultlessly expressive and stylish' --Anna Picard BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2015

Les Talens Lyrique show that they play this music as to the manner born, and Rousset's direction is a model of clarity and dynamism ... It really helps to have a French singing cast who sound as though they've grown up singing this stuff. As Zaïs himself, Julian Prégardien is marvellous ... Sandrine Piau sings Zélidie with predictable beauty and sensitivity. There is richness and a fully rounded quality to her voice that offsets the often ethereal quality found by Prégardien, and she plays the innocent shepherdess with just the right quantity of simplicity and naiveté ... The presiding genius over the whole affair is Christophe Rousset who, as in his other Baroque recordings for Aparte, including Lully s Phaéton (review), shows that he is one of the world's leading authorities in this music. French Baroque opera might not necessarily be your cup of tea, but even sceptics must take their hat off to Rousset's scholarship, sensitivity to the style and collegiate way of working. Number after number brings great beauty and winning style, and I urge you to explore it. --Simon Thompson Music Web International, 1st December 2015


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