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Rameau

Magazine article Gramophone

Rameau

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Rameau Le Temple de la Gloire Marc Labonnette bar       Envy/Shepherd/High Priest Philippe-Nicolas Martin bar           Belus/Warrior Camiile Ortiz sop                      Shepherdess/Erigone/Roman Lady Gabrielle Philiponet sop  Arsine/Priestess/Piautine Chantal Santon-Jeffery sop                            Lydie/Bacchante/La Gloire Artavazd Sargsyan haute-contre               Bacchus Aaron Sheehan haute-contre            Apollon/Trajan Tonia d'Amelio sop                            Fannie 

Philharmonia Baroque Chorale and Orchestra / Nicholas McGegan Philharmonia Baroque Productions (F) (2) PBP10 (147' * DDD) Recorded live at Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, University of California, Berkeley, April 28-30, 2017 Includes synopsis, libretto and translation

Le Temple de la Gloire is an opera-ballet to a libretto by Voltaire, first performed at Versailles on November 27, 1745. Like Les fetes de Polymnie, staged at the Paris Opera the previous month, it was a celebration of Louis XVs victory at the battle of Fontenoy. A revised version was staged in 1746; what we have here is a reconstruction of the original, based on a manuscript owned by the University of California at Berkeley, where the recording was made.

In the Prologue, Envy attacks the Temple of Glory, only to be defeated and chained up by forces led by Apollo. Three acts follow. In the first, king Belus is turned away from the temple on account of his cruelty; the second act sees Bacchus also denied admission. …

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