Rameau: Dardanus

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Rameau: Dardanus

Rameau: Dardanus

Version 1739

Reinoud Van Mechelen (Dardanus), Gaëlle Arquez (Iphise), Karina Gauvin (Venus), Florian Sempey (Anténor), Nahuel Di Pierro (Teucer, Isménor), Katherine Watson (Un Songe, Amour), Etienne Bazola (Berger), Virgile Ancely (Un Songe) & Guillaume Gutiérrez (Un Songe)

Ensemble Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon

This video was recorded live at performances of the original version of 'Dardanus' (1739) given at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux in April 2015, in a production by Michel Fau and choreography by Christopher Williams. Raphaël Pichon, the Ensemble Pygmalion and a peerless line-up of soloists received unanimous acclaim from public and press alike.

“van Mechelen rises splendidly to his major dramatic interventions and Florian Sempey as his rival Antenor is commanding and resonant. Michael Fau’s production with effective use of gesture and dance, and Emanuel Charles’s highly coloured, stately sets make for a very handsome visual presentation ... Pygmalion provides vigorous and expert orchestral accompaniment, and Raphael Pichon’s assured direction secures superb coordination with the soloists and the firmly focused chorus.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2016 ****

“[a] highly recommendable production … The music is top-notch, and Michel Fau has done a splendid job in putting the drama across...Raphaël Pichon conducts admirably. I enjoyed this enormously.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

Harmonia Mundi - HMD985905152

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Rameau: Dardanus

Rameau: Dardanus

Bernard Richter, Gaëlle Arquez, João Fernandes, Benoit Arnould, Alain Buet, Sabine Devieilhe, Emmanuelle De Negri & Romain Champion

Ensemble Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon

To get the New Year off to a great start, Alpha reissues Ensemble Pygmalion’s version of Dardanus, conducted by Raphaël Pichon and recorded in the majestic acoustics of the Opéra Royal at Versailles Palace. This set won multiple awards on its first release.

“The singing is first class, with Bernard Richter outstanding as Dardanus, while Ensemble Pygmalion bring out all the hues of Rameau’s colourful score” Early Music Today, August 2016 ****

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Rameau: Dardanus

Rameau: Dardanus

Live Recording

Bernard Richter, Gaëlle Arquez, João Fernandes, Benoit Arnould, Alain Buet, Sabine Devieilhe, Emmanuelle De Negri & Romain Champion

Ensemble Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon

After the exploration of Bach’s ‘five’ Missae Breves concluding with the success of the original version of the B minor Mass, Ensemble Pygmalion has recorded Rameau’s Dardanus following a series of concerts unanimously hailed by the critics.

Although superior from the dramatic point of view, this second version of Dardanus proposed by Pygmalion has never, until the present day, been resurrected, with the exception of the famous aria ‘Lieux funestes’ from Act IV. A new edition was carried out (by Gilles Rico) based on the 1744 edition, also incorporating the numerous variants integrated by Rameau between 1744 and 1760, as he constantly strove to enrich the music’s emotional power. Originally stemming totally from the restrictive form of Lully’s tragédie lyrique but also attesting to a pronounced taste for ‘extraordinary stories’, this work presents a more intimate, human sense of the drama, thereby tracing a very clear path towards the psychological explorations of the Classical era.

“Richter is very strong in the title role through much of the score, though most especially in the radiant final two acts...The Ensemble Pygmalion...clearly relish its orchestral opportunities and the continuo accompaniment is both responsive and stylish.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2014 ****

“Gaëlle Arquez's Iphise is no shrinking vioet...Equally accomplished is Sabine Devieilhe...João Fernandes is suitably cavernous as Ismenor.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2014

“there are so many delights to be discovered in this opera that disappointment is inconceivable...Throughout, the performance has an energy and a sure pacing which unfailingly holds out attention right from the delightful, classically based Prologue for which Rameau wrote some widely admired and irresistably alluring music.” International Record Review, March 2014

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Rameau: Dardanus

Rameau: Dardanus

Christiane Eda-Pierre (Venus), Georges Gautier (Dardanus), Roger Soyer (Teucer), Veronique Dietschy (Une Phrygienne), Frederica Von Stade (Iphise), Michael Devlin (Antenor) & Jose Van Dam (Ismenor)

Choeurs et Orchestre du Theatre & National de l’Opera de Paris, Raymond Leppard

“Von Stade is lovely as Iphise” BBC Music Magazine, May 2012 **

Warner Classics - The Opera Series - 2564662290

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Rameau: Dardanus

Rameau: Dardanus

Paul Agnew, Paul Whelan, Kathryn McCusker, Stephen Bennet, Damian Whiteley & Penelope Mills

Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker

“…this performance is to be savoured, above all for its refreshing vitality, at its most beguiling in Rameau's sparkling chorus 'Paix favourable' (Act III, Scene 3), in a pair of Tambourins from the same act, and in the elegiacally sustained concluding Chaconne.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2007 ****

“…this live recording reminds us that this richly endowed and noble work must seek advocacy and exposure wherever it can. The most compelling reason to acquire this account is the consistent esprit of Walker's troupe, a clear love of the score and the elevated ensemble work throughout.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2007

ABC Classics - ABC4765844

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Rameau: Dardanus

Rameau: Dardanus

(complete opera)

John Mark Ainsley (Dardanus), Véronique Gens (Iphise), Laurent Naouri (Anténor), Mireille Delunsch (Vénus), Jean-Philippe Courtis (Isménor), Magdelena Kozená (Une Phrygienne), Françoise Masset (Seconde Phrygienne)

Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski

Prizes: Diapason d'or 2000, Record Academy Prize, Tokyo 2001

DG Archiv - 4634762

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Rameau: The Opera Collection

Rameau: The Opera Collection


Hippolyte et Aricie

Anne Maria Panzarella (Aricie), Mark Padmore (Hippolyte), Mireille Delunsch (Prêtresse de Diane), Lorraine Hunt (Phèdre), Katalin Károlyi (Oenone), Eirian James (Diane), Yann Beuron (Arcas), Laurent Naouri (Thésée), François Piolino (Tisiphone), Nathan Berg (Pluton/Neptune/Jupiter), Patricia Petibon (Une Prêtresse/Une Bergère), Yann Beuron (Mercure), Gaëlle Méchaly (Une Matelote/L'Amour)

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie

Les Indes Galantes

Gerda Hartman (Hébé/Emilie/Zaïre), Philippe Huttenlocher (Bellone/Osman/Huascar/Ali/Don Alvar), Jennifer Smith (L'Amour/Phanie/Fatime/Zima), Louis Devos (Valère/Carlos/Damon), Bernard Deletré (Huascar), Isabelle Poulenard (Phanie), Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (Carlos), John Elwes (Tacmas/Adario)

Orchestre de Chambre «Jean-François Paillard», Orchestre de Chambre «A Coeur Joie» de Valence, Jean-François Paillard

Castor et Pollux

Zeger Vandersteene (Castor), Gérard Souzay (Pollux), Jeanette Scovotti (Télaire), Norma Lerer (Phébé), Rolf Leanderson (Mars), Jacques Villisech (Jupiter), Märta Schéle (Vénus), Zeger Vandersteene (L'Amour), Sven-Erik Alexandersson (Grand Prêtre de Jupiter), Jeanette Scovotti (Minerva)

Wiener Concentus Musicus, Stockholm Kammerkoren, Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Les Fêtes d'Hébé

Sophie Daneman, Sarah Connolly, Maryseult Wieczorek, Gaelle Mechaly (Dessus), Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, Paul Agnew (Haute-Contres) & Luc Coadou, Thierry Felix, Matthieu Lecroart, Laurent Slaars (Basses)

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie


Christiane Eda-Pierre (Venus), Georges Gautier (Dardanus), Roger Soyer (Teucer), Veronique Dietschy (Une Phrygienne), Frederica Von Stade (Iphise), Michael Devlin (Antenor) & Jose Van Dam (Ismenor)

Choeurs et Orchestre du Theatre & National de l’Opera de Paris, Raymond Leppard


Gilles Ragon (Platée), Jennifer Smith (La Folie, Thalie), Guy de Mey (Thespis, Mercure), Vincent le Texier (Jupiter, Un Satyre), Guillemette Laurens (Junon) & Veronique Gens (L’Amour, Clarine)

Ensemble Vocal Francoise Herr & Les Musiciens de Louvre, Marc Minkowski


Michael Goldthorpe (Pygmalion), Marilyn Hill Smith (Céphise/Statue), Anne-Marie Rodde (Amour)

English Bach Festival Baroque Orchestra & Singers, Nicholas McGegan

Les Surprises de l'Amour

Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski

Naïs: excerpts

Lynda Russell (Naïs), Ian Caddy (Jupiter/Télénus/Neptune), Richard Jackson (Tiresie), Jennifer Smith (Flore/Une Bergère), John Tomlinson (Pluton), Brian Parsons (Astérion), Antony Ransome (Palémon), Ann Mackay (Une Jeune Bergère)

English Bach Festival Baroque Orchestra & Singers, Nicholas McGegan


Mark Padmore (Zoroastre), Gaelle Mechaly (Amelite), Matthieu Lecroart (Zopire, La Vengeance), Eric Martin Bonnet (Oromases, Ariman), Nathan Berg (Abramane), Anna-Maria Panzarella (Erinice), Francois Bazola (Narbanor) & Stephanie Revidat (Cephie)

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie

La Guirlande

Sophie Daneman (soprano), Paul Agnew (tenor)

William Christie

Zéphyre (extracts)

Gaëlle Méchaly (Zéphyre), Rebecca Ockenden (Cloris), Sophie Decaudaveine (Diane), Rebecca Ockenden (Flore)

Les Arts Florisants, William Christie

Les Boréades

Jennifer Smith (Alphise), Anne-Marie Rodde (Sémire), Edwige Bourdy (Polymnie), Martine March (Une Nymphe), Philip Langridge (Abaris), John Aler (Calisis), Jean-Philippe Lafont (Borée), Gilles Cachemaille (Borilée), François Le Roux (Adamas), Stephen Varcoe (Apollon), Elisabeth Priday (L'Amour)

English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner

September 12th 2014 marks 250 years since the death of Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764), whose sumptuous and exquisitely crafted works for the theatre represent a peak of achievement in French music.

This 27-CD budget-price box brings together nine of his operas and music from four of his other stage works, all in performances led by seven conductors who played a leading role in the revival of interest in Rameau’s music over the past 30 years. All the recordings in this box, first released by Erato between 1974 and 2002, made an important contribution to re-establishing the composer’s reputation as a master of musical theatre.

In recent decades, performances of Rameau’s operas -- particularly Hippolyte et Aricie, Platée and Les Indes galantes, but also Castor et Pollux and Les Boréades – have become more frequent in France and internationally. In recent years, his works have been performed at prestigious venues as diverse as the Opéra National de Paris, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Theater an der Wien. If they lack the more direct appeal of the Italian(ate) operas of Handel and Vivaldi – which have proved incontrovertibly that Baroque opera ‘speaks’ to today’s audiences – they are works of great beauty and subtlety, and, when stylishly performed, possess considerable dramatic power.

They represent the peak of achievement in French baroque opera. Rameau took the elaborate form, the tragédie lyrique, established by his predecessor Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687), and handled it with great technical and expressive subtlety, and with a striking sense for vocal and instrumental colour. The French style of baroque opera, as embodied by Lully and Rameau, is more fluidly constructed than the Italian style, and demands a different kind of vocal and expressive virtuosity: its prime vocal emphasis is on subtly-coloured dramatic declamation rather than on spectacular vocal agility. The tenor voice (rather than the castrato), the chorus and the ballet also play a far more central role than in Italian baroque opera.

Jean-Philippe Rameau was born in Dijon in 1683 and died in Paris in 1764. He first achieved recognition as an organist and theorist (notably with his influential Traité de l’harmonie, published in 1722), and as a composer of keyboard music. His first opera, Hippolyte et Aricie, a tragédie lyrique based on the story of Phaedra, was performed in 1733, when he was 50, arousing both admiration and controversy. The peak of his career as an operatic composer came in the 1740s – he wrote nine stage works over the decade, and he was appointed to the court of King Louis XV in 1745.

In the 1750s, following the success in Paris of Pergolesi’s comic opera La serva padrona, a battle, known as La Querelle des Bouffons, ensued between supporters of the French and Italian operatic styles. The philosopher, writer and composer Jean-Jacques Rousseau became a strident advocate of opera in the simpler Italian style, denigrating the elaborate French style represented by Rameau.

Rameau’s operatic canon, in addition to works on exalted tragic and heroic themes, includes lighter-hearted works – such as Platée, described as both a comédie lyrique and a ballet bouffon, and Les Indes galantes, a spectacular opéra-ballet set in the Middle East and the Americas. He is recognised as one of the most important and influential of all French composers; Debussy, for instance, admired him greatly, even including a piece called Hommage à Rameau in his Images for piano, while his opera Pelléas et Mélisande can be seen as drawing on the tradition of the tragédie lyrique.

All the conductors in this collection are acknowledged masters of the French baroque style and played an important role in the Rameau revival that took place from the 1970s onwards: William Christie, John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Marc Minkowski, Nicholas McGegan, and their predecessors, Jean-François Paillard and Raymond Leppard.

Among the singers are such names of the past and present as: Frederica von Stade, Lorraine Hunt, José van Dam, Christiane Eda-Pierre, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, François Leroux, Sarah Connolly, Mark Padmore and John Tomlinson.

The ensembles include Les Arts florissants, English Baroque Soloists/Monteverdi Choir, Concentus Musicus Wien and Les Musiciens du Louvre.

Erato - 2564636487

(CD - 27 discs)


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The All-Baroque Box

The All-Baroque Box



Miserere mei, Deus

Bach, J S:

Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV1067

Orchestral Suite No. 5 in G minor, BWV1070

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

Fantasia in G major, BWV572

Canonic Variations on the Christmas Hymn 'Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her', BWV769

Prelude & Fugue in D major, BWV532

Pastorale in F major, BWV590

Prelude & Fugue in E flat major, BWV552 'St Anne'

English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV808

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 1 in C major, BWV846

Prelude & Fugue Book 2 No. 7, BWV876

Prelude & Fugue Book 2 No. 12 in F minor, BWV881

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV816

Goldberg Variations, BWV988

Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006

Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041

Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043

Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)

St Matthew Passion, BWV244

Mass in B minor, BWV232

Cantata BWV82 'Ich habe genug'

Cantata BWV140 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme'

Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben'


Audi, Dulcis Amica Mea

Ardens est cor meum


Missa Salisburgensis

Sonata tam aris, quam aulis servientes No. 5

Sonata tam aris, quam aulis servientes No. 12

Sonata Sancti Polycarpi

Motet 'Plaudite tympana'

Charpentier, M-A:

Te Deum, H146

Messe de minuit pour Noël


Concerti grossi, Op. 6 (12, complete)

Gabrieli, G:

Music for San Rocco


Giulio Cesare in Egitto


Water Music Suites Nos. 1-3, HWV348-350

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351

Dixit Dominus, HWV 232

Coronation Anthems Nos. 1-4


Dresden Concerti



Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)


Canon & Gigue


Stabat Mater


Dido and Aeneas

Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode for St Cecilia's Day 1692), Z328

My beloved spake, Z28

O sing unto the Lord, Z44



Une Symphonie Imaginaire


Musikalische Exequien, SWV 279-281 (Op. 7)


Concerto TWV 51:D2 in D major for transverse flute, strings & b.c.

Septet (Concerto) TWV 44:43 in B flat major for 3 oboes, 3 violins & b.c.

Concerto TWV 52:d1 in D minor for 2 chalumeaux, strings & b.c.

Concerto TWV 51:D7 in D major for trumpet, strings & b.c.

Concerto TWV 52:e1 in E minor for flute, recorder, strings & b.c.

Concerto TWV 53:D5 in D major for trumpet, violin, cello, strings & b.c.


Trio Sonata, Op. 1 No. 12 for Two Violins & Continuo in D minor, RV 63 'La Follia'

L'estro armonico - 12 concerti, Op. 3

The Four Seasons

Gloria in D major, RV589

Stabat Mater, RV621

Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), RV608

Sinfonia in B minor, RV169 'Al Santo Sepolcro'

Taken from the supreme catalogue of Archiv Produktion (supplemented on occasion by Decca L’oiseau lyre recordings) - a comprehensive collection of great music from Monteverdi to Bach.

The music ranges from huge Baroque (Missa Salisburghensis, Venetian polychoral, Charpentier Te Deum) to intimate Baroque (Goldberg Variations, Bach cello suites, solo cantatas) – overwhelming in its impact and emotional content.

DG Archiv - 4790441

(CD - 50 discs)


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