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Jean Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)

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Rameau: L’Orchestre de Louis XV

Rameau: L’Orchestre de Louis XV


Rameau:

Les Indes galantes: Suite

Naïs: orchestral suite

Zoroastre: orchestral suite

Les Boréades: orchestral suite

Les Indes Galantes 1735:

Ouverture, Musette en Rondeau, Air vif, Air des Incas pour la dévotion du Soleil, Air pour les amants qui suivent Bellone, Air pour les guerriers, Menuets pour les Guerriers et Amazones I&II

Orage, Air pour les esclaves africains, Air pour Borée et la Rose, 2ème Air pour les Zephirs, Tambourins I/II, Chaconne

Naïs 1748:

Ouverture, Musette tendre, Rigaudons I /II, Sarabande, Gavotte pour les Zéphirs, Loure, Musette, Tambourins I/II, Entrée des Luteurs, Chaconne, Air de Triomphe

Zoroastre 1749:

Ouverture, Passepieds I/II, Loure, Air des Esprits, Infernaux II, Air tendre en Rondeau, Air Grave, Gavotte en Rondeau, Sarabande, Contredanse

Les Boréades 1764:

Suite d’Orchestre, Ouverture, Entrée, Entrée des Peuples, Contredanse en rondeau, Les Vents Gavotte I&II pour les heures et les Zephirs, Menuets I- II, Contredanse très vive


Following the success of the albums L’ Orchestre de Louis XIII (Philidor l’Aisné) and L’ Orchestre du Roi Soleil (Lully), Jordi Savall delivers another dynastic opus consisting of music by Jean-Philippe Rameau. Le Concert des Nations sparkles in these four orchestral suites which document the genius of the French composer and Jordi Savall’s affinity with the repertoire of the the XVIIIth century.

“This is dance music of dizzying variety and instrumental colour...There's lively, rumbustious playing from Le Concert des Nations...The angular contredanses with their quirky intervals, and the magnificent chaconnes, are splendid – the one for Naïs (1748), involving dancing athletes, boxers, runners and wrestlers, is made for the Olympics opening.” The Observer, 19th June 2011

“Jordi Savall and his ebullient Baroque orchestra, Le Concert des Nations, have released recordings of the music Philidor wrote for Louis XIII, and Lully for Louis XIV. All is eclipsed by the double-CD of Rameau’s fabulously spirited rococo pieces for Louis XV’s orchestra...these suites have a tunefulness, an instrumental diversity and a quirky joyousness that even the most curmudgeonly Anglo-Saxon soul will find hard to resist.” The Times, 18th June 2011 ****

“The exhilarating effect of this joyous music could scarcely be better conveyed. Savall has chosen his “suites” to reflect the astonishing variety of Rameau’s instrumentation and inventiveness as a composer of ballet music...The wonderfully windy music for Les Boréades (sons of Boréas, the north wind) culminates in a sizzling contredanse très vive — guaranteed to set the toes tapping.” Sunday Times, 26th June 2011 *****

“The Chaconne ending Les Indes Galantes shows Savall's breadth, roving with equal conviction from pastoral sensuality to blazing, robust militarism. The whiplash strings of the Nais Overture free an infectious rhythm and the off-beat timpani create thrilling thunder in a voluminous acoustic.” Classic FM Magazine, September 2011 ****

“With a large and varied orchestra and (optional) surround sound, Jordi Savall revels in the unmatched opulence, extravagance and scale of mid-18th century France...The music is divorced from its dramatic context and the visual accompaniment of costume, dancing and scenery, but is speaks splendidly for itself, displaying Rameau's kaleidoscopic orchestration and arresting devices...A magnificent production - the high Baroque doesn't get higher than this” BBC Music Magazine, October 2011 *****

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Le Concert Spirituel

Le Concert Spirituel

At the time of Louis XV


Includes

Corelli:

Concerto grosso Op. 6 No. 4 in D major

Rameau:

Les Indes Galantes

Telemann:

Overture (Suite) TWV 55:D6 in D major for viola da gamba, strings & b.c.

Concerto TWV 52:a1 in A minor for recorder, viola da gamba, strings & b.c.

Overture (Suite) TWV 55:e1 in E minor for 2 flutes, strings & b.c.


Jordi Savall (bass viola da gamba & direction)

Le Concert des Nations

According to my good friend Wikipedia, the Concert spirituel was one of the first public concert series in existence. The concerts began in Paris in 1725 and ended in 1790. The series was founded to provide entertainment during Lent and on religious holidays when the other spectacles (the Paris Opera, Comédie-Française, and Comédie-Italienne) were closed. The programmes featured a mixture of sacred choral works and virtuosic instrumental pieces, and for many years took place in a magnificently-decorated Salle des Cent Suisses (Hall of the Hundred Swiss Guards) in the Tuileries Palace. They started at six o’clock in the evening and were primarily attended by well-to-do bourgeois, the lower aristocracy and foreign visitors. Jordi Savall brings these magnificent evenings back to life, thanks to an imaginary ‘concert spirituel’ programme featuring 3 major composers from Italy, Germany and France : Corelli, Telemann and Rameau. This album enables us to (re)discover the quintessence of the musical life during the reign of Louis XV. Enrico Onofri recently appeared at the Lufthansa Baroque Festival directing the European Union Baroque Orchestra and his own Ensemble Imaginarium.

“Savall reaches out to explore the expressive extremes. Corelli's textures are dense and complex, three solo strings set against, here, ten more strings, playing immaculately. SACD helps greatly in differentiating the sounds...Sumptuously produced with generous notes, this release is highly recommended.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 *****

“The performances display characteristics typical of any under Jordi Savall's direction: richly toned, suave and confidently at ease with the style.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2010

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Les Éléments: Tempêtes, orages et fêtes marines

Les Éléments: Tempêtes, orages et fêtes marines


Locke:

Music from The Tempest

Marais, M:

Suite No. 4 "Airs pour les Matelots & les Tritons"

Rameau:

Air pour les Zephirs (from Les Indes Galantes)

Orage et air pour Boree (from Les Indes galantes)

Tonnerre (from Hippolyte Et Aricie)

Zoroastre: Contredanse

Zoroastre: Contredanse très vive

Rebel, J-F:

Les Élémens

Telemann:

Overture (Suite) TWV 55:C3 in C major for wind, strings & b.c. 'Hamburger Ebb und Fluth' ('Wassermusik')

Vivaldi:

Flute Concerto, Op. 10 No. 1 in F major, RV 433 'La tempesta di mare'


This double album is an invitation to explore the forces of nature, so vividly depicted by the composers at the turn of the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries.

With this stunning (and first) recording of Jean-Fery Rebel’s Les Elements, Jordi Savall displays his unmatched vision of the baroque orchestral repertoire, proving that authenticity and timbral beauty aren’t mutually exclusive.

New recordings of works by Locke, Vivaldi, Marais, Telemann and Rameau - a splendidly varied and expressively wide-ranging selection - is a welcome addition to the existing landmark recordings made by Savall in this repertoire.

Pellucid engineering complements the live performances perfectly, offering warmth without excessive resonance, and letting the players shine.

“Jordi Savall’s inventive programming explores earth, air, fire and water. The ferment of Rameau’s Tonnerre from Hippolyte meets the cooler but highly original Curtain Tune from Matthew Locke’s Tempest and Vivaldi’s bubbling Tempesta di mare concerto. Hidden in Marin Marais’ Alcione, with its tremendous Chaconne, is the surprise of a march that became a popular Christmas carol. Le Concert des Nations plays with typical verve and energy” The Guardian, 10th January 2016 ****

“a live recording of an excellent programme with the theme of musical ‘tone painting'...I enjoyed the discs very much.” Early Music Review, 24th January 2016

“Jordi Savall directs with typical grandeur and depth of tone. The subject-matter means plenty of work for the two-man wind machine and rumbling drum department, but there is exquisite contrast too in, say, the fluty stillness of Marais’s Ritournelle or the exquisitely graceful ‘sleeping Thetis’ Sarabande of the Telemann.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2016

“All through there are striking moments with Le Concert des Nations weaving some wonderful sounds with lovely textures and harmonies, particularly towards the end … Jordi Savall has gathered together a terrific collection of music to which he and Le Concert des Nations bring life and buoyancy, colour and great textures” The Classical Reviewer, 6th February 2016

“a very rewarding exploration of how several Baroque composers treated the themes of nature and the elements.” MusicWeb International, May 2016

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