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Rameau: Anacreon-Tendre Amour

Magazine article Gramophone

Rameau: Anacreon-Tendre Amour

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Rameau

Anacreon--Tendre amour. Les Boreades Contredanse en rondeau; Un horizon serein. Castor et Pollux--Tristes apprets. Dardanus Sommeil. Les fetes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour Contredanse. Les fetes d'Hebe--Tambourins. Hippolyteet Aricie- Ritournelle. Leslndes galantes-Chaconne; Forets paisibles (b,c); Regnez, plaisirs et jeux; Scene finale des Incas (ab); Vaste empire des mersc; Viens, Hymen. Nai's--Je ne sais quel ennui me presse. Les Paladins--Est-il beau; Pour voltiger dans le bocage (a). Platee--Aux langueurs d'Appollon. Pygmalion--Overture. Zoroastre--Air tendre en rondeau; Ballet figure. Zais--Coulez mes pleurs. Feuillages verts naissez (attrib Charpentier)

Sabine Devieilhe sop (a) Samuel Boden ten (b) Aimery Leffevre bar cParis Youth Choir; Les Ambassadeurs / Alexis Kossenko Erato [F] 934130-2 (80' * DDD * T/t)

This is an anthology with a difference. It consists of soprano arias, a duet and a trio, and a few orchestral pieces, covering stage works from Hippolyte et Aricie (1733) to Les Paladins (1760). In his booklet-note, Alexis Kossenko takes a quotation from Rameau's Traite de Vharmonie as a superscription: 'True music is the language of the heart.' Cupid is the director of this 'grand theatre' and 'we powerless humans [are] his actors, no, his marionettes'. …

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