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Rameau : Platee
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on 1 September 2009
This work and indeed recording are an absolute delight. I couldn't agree more with the above reviewer, inventive music, lot of color, pathos and wit.....
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on 9 December 2014
Great CD.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 12 October 2015
I bought this cheap on Marketplace because although I love Rameau's keyboard works and want to know the operas better, I suspected that despite its enthusiastic reviews, it would suffer from the usual expectation and tolerance of dreadful, weedy, throaty, constricted non-voices murdering the music. And indeed so it proved; the singing here is dire: Ragon is an embarrassment as Platée - give me Sénéchal's very French but so cultivated tones any day rather than his bleating - and the other strangulated, tremolo-ridden, weak-tea tenor, Guy de Mey, is hardly any better; just sample his first aria, CD1, track 3 and giggle at the nasty sound he makes. I wonder that Jennifer Smith was ever able to make a career but having heard her awful traversal of Fauré's songs I now understand why she retreated to recording Baroque opera where nobody seems to notice screeching, wobbling, rudimentary French or aspirated divisions. The bass has been plucked from the usual fruffly-fruffly crowd with no resonance but lots of "funny" inflections.

Furthermore, I have never accounted myself in the least politically correct but the basis of the plot is cruel and offensive to modern sensibilities: it revolves around mocking the idea that the King of the Gods could ever fall for the water-nymph Platée because she is so vain - OK, not nice - and ugly; ha-ha. Michel Sénéchal at least made us sympathise with her which in a way makes it worse as her humiliation is the climax of the tale.

The orchestral playing is of course vinegary and clipped; they scrape away energetically and at least sound energised. The cuckoos' and frogs' choruses are fun; they redeemed a few seconds of this entertainment. The new bargain issue offers no libretto but there is a synopsis.

I put this straight on the give-away pile. Goodness knows what the five-star puffers are hearing but I kindly request them please to form an orderly queue in order to bestow their outraged negative votes upon this review.
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on 30 April 2001
Even the most committed Rameau addict may admit that some of his (mythological, pastoral, supernatural, etc.) plots are less than gripping for today's audiences, however richly he served them in musical terms. Platée, however, is a wicked comedy that has kept its bite, and that Rameau appears particularly to have relished setting to music. It has in abundance everything that's most engaging in this most engaging of composers: invention, colour, pathos, wit, charm and surprise.
Marc Minkowski seems to have something of a Midas touch. He has given us some of the best available performances of Händel and Rameau and - who knows, prompted perhaps by the sending-up of Olympus in Platée - has gone on since to give us an excellent Belle Hélène, indeed with one or two of the same singers in a successful new take on "crossover."
Rameau fans and Baroque opera fans in general will be used to coughing up £30 or more for their pleasures, so this set should be snapped up while it's still available: it's a bargain. Jennifer Smith's performance as La Folie alone is worth the price, and is just one of an abundance of musical and comic gems, from a love song to an owl ("le plus beau des hiboux" - Jupiter in disguise, of course) to a chorus of enquiring frogs.
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on 15 January 2014
perfect deliveryt : just in time !
music nice and Rameau at his best !
Will attend the opera in Paris
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 12 October 2015
I bought this cheap on Marketplace because although I love Rameau's keyboard works and want to know the operas better, I suspected that despite its enthusiastic reviews, it would suffer from the usual expectation and tolerance of dreadful, weedy, throaty, constricted non-voices murdering the music. And indeed so it proved; the singing here is dire: Ragon is an embarrassment as Platée - give me Sénéchal's very French but so cultivated tones any day rather than his bleating - and the other strangulated, tremolo-ridden, weak-tea tenor, Guy de Mey, is hardly any better; just sample his first aria, CD1, track 3 and giggle at the nasty sound he makes. I wonder that Jennifer Smith was ever able to make a career but having heard her awful traversal of Fauré's songs I now understand why she retreated to recording Baroque opera where nobody seems to notice screeching, wobbling, rudimentary French or aspirated divisions. The bass has been plucke from the usual fruffly-fruffly crowd with no resonance but lots of "funny" inflections.

Furthermore, I have never accounted myself in the least politically correct but the basis of the plot is cruel and offensive to modern sensibilities: it revolves around mocking the idea that the King of the Gods could ever fall for the water-nymph Platée because she is so vain - OK, not nice - and ugly; ha-ha. Michel Sénéchal at least made us sympathise with her which in a way makes it worse as her humiliation is the climax of the tale.

The orchestral playing is of course vinegary and clipped; they scrape away energetically and at least sound energised. The cuckoos' and frogs' choruses are fun; they redeemed a few seconds of this entertainment. The new bargain issue offers no libretto but there is a synopsis.

I put this straight on the give-away pile. Goodness knows what the five-star puffers are hearing but I kindly request them please to form an orderly queue in order to bestow their outraged negative votes upon this review.
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on 10 August 2011
I have a later DVD version of this wonderful opera conducted by Marc Minkowski, which is a sheer delight throughout.

This is an earlier recording with different soloists.

The quality of the recording on Erato is clear and brisk, but can sound a tad dry.

All the soloists are experienced and accomplished singers and make the most of Rameau's imaginative and expressive score.

As this seems to be, as far as I could discover, the only full recording of this opera on CD, it's certainly worth the money.

I'm suprised that neither William Christie or John Eliot Gardiner has made a complete recording of this work, or if they have, I can't

seem to find them listed.

Recommended.
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