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Rameau: Les Indes Galantes

Magazine article Gramophone

Rameau: Les Indes Galantes

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Rameau  Les Indes galantes  Valerie Gabail sop                     Amour/Phani/Fatime/Zima Stephanie Revidat sop                        Hebe/Emilie/Zaire Reinoud Van Mechelen ten                          Carlos/Damon Francois-Nicolas Geslot ten                      Valere/Tacmas Aimery Lefevre bass           Bellone/Osman/Huascar/Ali/Adario Sydney Fierro bass                                       Alvar 

Le Choeur and La Simphonie du Marais / Hugo Reyne Musiques a la Chabotterie [B] [3] 605013 (3h 22' * DDD * S/T) Recorded live at the Konzerthaus, Vienna, January 26 & 27.2013

Rameau's opera-ballet Les Indes galantes (mostly 1735) examines why true love seems to have been abandoned in Europe and can now only be found in exotic faraway places, where the supposedly barbaric Turkish, Peruvian, Persian and Native American characters turn out to be more civilised than most of their European counterparts (there are a few notable contrary exceptions, such as the enlightened Spanish hero Carlos, who exposes the Inca priest Huascar's dastardly scheme to ensnare Phani). A new edition of the score by Hugo Reyne and Nicolas Sceaux is now freely available online, and it reinstates numerous passages that Rameau later cut, such as the full original earthquake music in 'The Incas of Peru', which the composer was forced to abridge because the performers objected; they also restore his original orchestrations, thus remedying the unreliable reorchestrated Durand edition that misled trusting musicians for several generations. …

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