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Rameau: Les Paladins
Anna Virovlansky (Argie), Iulia Elana Surdu (Nérine), Laimonas Pautienius (Orcan), Anders J. Dahlin (Atis), Adrian Sâmpetrean (Anselme) & Thomas Michael Allen (Manto)
Neue Düsseldorfer Hofmusik, Konrad Junghänel
Rameau was a virtuoso and dominated all the current dramatic music genres combining them in a way he wanted. The outcome was Les Paladins, a mixture of tall stories and farce, erotic and moral, serious and funny, real and fantastic with the lavish richness of Rameau’s musical language. Available for the first time on CD, this long-lost treasure will be much sought after.
“the excellence of the period orchestra, especially, ensures one to appreciate the delights of Rameau's instrumentation” Gramophone Magazine, February 2011
“Junghänel proves as adept a stylist in French music as he is in German Baroque. The soft-grained acoustics of Duisberg Opera House show the vitality of the string playing to great effect; the Düsseldorf instruments wreathe a heady spell. Top marks to the uncredited language coach” BBC Music Magazine, February 2011 ****
“Konrad Junghänel directs all with a lively sense of pacing. His responses to Rameau's sensitive, often vivid handling of instrumental colour are perceptive...Thomas Michael Allen as the fairy, Manto, is the most rewarding member of the cast...eloquently sung and sensitively inflected.” International Record Review, March 2011
BBC Music Magazine
Opera Choice - February 2011
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Rameau: Les Paladins
Bonus feature: ‘Baroque that rocks!’ – A documentary film by Reiner E. Moritz featuring interviews with William Christie, Dominique Hervieu, Topi Lehtipuu, Stéphanie d’Oustrac and other members of the cast.
PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 204 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
“José Montalvo's production provides the spectacle with magical video back projections: characters trampoline on clouds and walk through ornamental gardens and buildings, and a veritable menagerie of animals amplifies ironic points in the plot. …the musical and dramatic performances are terrific. Christie conducts with infectious enthusiasm and the singers, especially the romantic leads, Argie (Stephanie d'Oustrac) and Atis (Top Lehtipuu), are superb. An added benefit is an engaging and helpful documentary.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2006 ****
“…Les Paladins dates from 1760, four years before Rameau's death. A pair of lovers, a guardian, a maid and a gaoler call to mind not only Die Entführung but Il barbiere di Siviglia. With a rather thin plot, Rameau takes the opportunity to parody the conventions of opera, including those of his own tragédies lyriques. The production is hugely entertaining. José Montalvo makes use of video techniques to dazzle the eye with a variety of metamorphoses: a dancer becomes a butterfly, stone lions come to life, a tiger turns into a wolf, which becomes an elephant. These and similar transformations, Montalvo explains, reflect La Fontaine's attribution of animal characteristics to the human race. Stéphanie d'Oustrac and Topi Lehtipuu are credible young lovers, d'Oustrac singing her Act 2 ariette, 'Je vole, Armour', with a deeply moving intensity. Sandrine Piau and Laurent Naouri couldn't be bettered as the secondary pair. Rameau's orchestration is a delight... The sheer exuberance of the performance, recorded at the Châtelet in Paris, makes for a life-enhancing experience.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2006
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Barbara Bonney (Alphise), Paul Agnew, Laurent Naouri
Les Arts Florissants, La La La Human Steps, William Christie, Robert Carsen (stage director)
Castor et Pollux
Anna Maria Panzarella (Télaïre), Véronique Gens (Phébé), Finnur Bjarnason (Castor), Henk Neven (Pollux), Judith van Wanroij (Cléone/Une suivante d’Hébé/Une ombre heureuse), Nicolas Testé (Jupiter), Thomas Oliemans (Le Grand-Prêtre/Une autre voix), Anders J. Dahlin (Un Spartiate/Un athlète/
Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera
Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset, Pierre Audi (stage director)
In Convertendo, grand motet
Les Indes Galantes
Valérie Gabail (L'Amour), Danielle de Niese (Hébé), Paul Agnew (Valère), Patricia Petibon, Nicolas Cavallier (Osman), Jaël Azzaretti (Phani), Anna Maria Panzarella (Emillie), Nathan Berg (Huascar), Patricia Petibon (Zima), Nicolas Rivenq (Adario), Christoph Strehl (Damon), Christophe Fel (Don Alvar)
Les Arts Florissants, William Christie, Andrie Serban (stage director)
Topi Lehtipuu (Atis), Stephanie d'Oustrac (Argie), Laurent Naouri (Orcan), Sandrine Piau (Nerine), René Schirrer (Anselme), François Piolino (Manto)
Les Arts Florissants, William Christie, José Montalvo (stage director)
Anders J Dahlin (Zoroastre), Evgueniy Alexiev (Abramane), Sine Bundgaard (Amélite), Anna Maria Panzarella (Erinice), Lars Arvidson (Zopire/La Vengeance), Marcus Schwartz (Narbanor), Gerard Théruel (Oromasès/Ariman), Ditte Andersen (Céphie)
The Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra and Chorus & Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset (musical director), Pierre Audi (stage director)
This collection of five operas, and a rarely performed grand motet, offers a glimpse into the magnificent output of one of the leading French composers of the Baroque era. Jean-Philippe Rameau is renowned for his use of melody, particularly in the operatic field and this 11-DVD set brings together some of the most lavish and splendid productions of his work, with some of the leading exponents of early music performance.
Running time 19 hours 5 mins
Region Code All regions
Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic
Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS except Les Boréades which is 5.1 Dolby Digital Menu languages EN
Les Boréades EN/DE/FR/ES / Castor Et Pollux EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/NE
Il Convetendo EN/FR/DE/ES/IT / Les Indes Galantes EN/FR/DE/ES/IT
Les Paladins EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/ Zoroastre EN/FR/DE/ES/IT
“the Paris production by Robert Carsen of Rameau's astonishing last opera, Les Boréades, is brilliantly sumptuous if cold, while Pierre Audi's typically sharp and forceful Castor et Pollux from Amsterdam is eloquent. Andrie Serban's Les Indes galantes is a riot of fun, but pick of the bunch is José Montalvo's mingling of video, dance and animal fantasy in Les Paladins, one of the most deliciously clever stagings of recent times, with superbly lively music from Christie's forces.” The Observer, 1st May 2011
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