Rameau: Dardanus

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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 Collection - 2564662290

(CD - 2 discs)


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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 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

“…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 ****

ABC Classics - ABC4765844

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Rameau: Dardanus

Rameau: Dardanus

A Key Recording from The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs and A 'strongly recommended' recording from The Classical Good CD Guide

DG Critics' Choice - 4767250

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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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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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