Jean-philippe Rameau (1683-1764)



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)

In convertendo

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)


Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
3/5. Donald Macleod continues his exploration of the life and work of Rameau with music composed for the wedding in 1745 of the Dauphin to Maria-Theresa of Spain. Including excerpts from the comic opera Platee, and the first act of La Princesse de Navarre, a collaboration with the writer Voltaire.
Fifth Concert (Pièces de Clavecin en concerts)
Rachel Brown (flute)
Mark Caudle (viol)
James Johnstone (harpsichord)
La Princesse de Navarre (Act 1)
Marilyn Hill-Smith, Eiddwen Harrhy, Frances Chambers, Judith Rees (soprano)
Michael Goldthorpe (tenor)
Peter Savidge (baritone)
Ian Caddy, Richard Wigmore (bass)
English Bach Festival Singers and Baroque Orchestra
Nicolas McGegan (conductor)
Platée (Act 1, Sc 3 - end)
Platee....Gilles Ragon (tenor)
Mercure....Guy de Mey (tenor)
Clarine....Véronique Gens (soprano)
Ensemble Vocal Francoise Herr
Les Musiciens du Louvre
Marc Minkowski (conductor)


>4/5. Donald Macleod introduces a complete performance of Rameau's acte de ballet of 1748, Pygmalion, which was an instant hit with the Parisian public. By this point, Rameau was so successful that he was officially banned from having more than two operas staged in a single year.
La Dauphine
Sophie Yates (harpsichord)
Pygmalion....John Elwes (tenor)
Cephise....Mieke van der Sluis (soprano)
Statue....Francois Vanhecke (soprano)
Amour....Rachel Yakar (soprano)
Choeurs de la Chapelle Royale, Paris
La Petite Bande
Gustav Leonhardt (conductor)