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'Rameau's Funeral'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Rameau's Funeral'

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'Rameau's Funeral' Gilles Messe des morts interpolated with Rameau Castor et Pollux--Tristes apprets. Dardanus--Gravement; Rondeau tendre. Zoroastre--Air des esprits infernaux Judith van Wanroij sop Robert Getchell counterten Juan Sancho tenor Lisandro Abadie bass Collegium Vocale Gent; Capriccio Stravagante Les 24 Violons / Skip Sempe

Paradizo [F] PAOO13 (00' * DDD)

Recorded live at St Walburga Church, Bruges, 2014


You can listen to this disc from Skip Sempe, Capriccio Stravagante Les 24 Violons and Collegium Vocale Gent in the normal way, but once you've finished enjoying the cloudy brass textures, crisp choral articulation and athletic solo passages, there's a whole additional level of musical interest to be found here.

This interest lies in unpicking the roughly-sewn seams of Jean Gilles's Messe des marts in its 1764 version, recomposed for Rameau's funeral by Francois Rebel and Francois Francoeur, to reveal the sources of the contrasting material within. At least 12 versions of the Gilles Requiem survive. Popularity kept it in fashion long after its musical style had ceased to be current, with interpolations made in each case to fit it to the particular occasion. …

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