Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
During his lifetime, Rameau was widely regarded as the greatest French composer of the age, yet within a few decades of his death, his music had fallen into neglect.
It took a century for the Rameau revival to begin and almost as long again for him to be fully rehabilitated.
Donald Macleod considers the composer's first 50 years, which for the most part are shrouded in mystery.
Contredanse (La guirlande)
Les Arts Florissants
William Christie (conductor)
Prelude (Premier livre de pieces de clavecin)
Michel Kiener (harpsichord)
Sophie Daneman, Olga Pitarch (sopranos)
Jeffrey Thompson (tenor)
Nicolas Rivenq (bass-baritone)
Le berger fidele
Veronique Gens (soprano)
Les Musiciens du Louvre
Marc Minkowski (conductor)
Les sauvages; La poule (Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin)
William Christie (harpsichord)