Jean-Philippe Rameau: Que les mortels servent de modèle aux dieux...

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
It's hard to tell from the gorgeous cover of this French release what you're getting into, and, as the booklet notes point out, Rameau is a tough nut to crack for most people anyhow. Stick with it, however, for the entire package here offers what may be the closest thing yet to a good introduction to Rameau, even if it gets rather involved. You could start with the painting on the cover, annotated, as with all the others in this series from the Alpha label, by Denis Grenier of Laval University in Quebec. François Boucher's "The Setting of the Sun" 1752 is both conservative and radical, and the same could be said of Rameau's music. The painting is packed with mythological ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
It's hard to tell from the gorgeous cover of this French release what you're getting into, and, as the booklet notes point out, Rameau is a tough nut to crack for most people anyhow. Stick with it, however, for the entire package here offers what may be the closest thing yet to a good introduction to Rameau, even if it gets rather involved. You could start with the painting on the cover, annotated, as with all the others in this series from the Alpha label, by Denis Grenier of Laval University in Quebec. François Boucher's "The Setting of the Sun" 1752 is both conservative and radical, and the same could be said of Rameau's music. The painting is packed with mythological detail, almost abstruse, yet just as important as the set of classical references but the dramatic pattern of light and shadow into which the entire painting breaks down. Rameau is the same way: both complicated and shocking. It's a hard combination to get a grip on, but the French group Ausonia and director Fréderick Haas clarify it with an unusual kind of program: a set of excerpts from two different operas. "Zoroastre," a tragedy, and "Zaïs," a pastoral. It's a great idea: the excerpts are not simply isolated selections but connected items that represent a chunk of musical thinking. The two operas form a contrast of darkness and light, as well, and they offer some of the really striking instrumental effects that kept drawing audiences to Rameau's operas even as simpler Italian fare was clearly establishing itself as the wave of the future. The depiction of chaos and dawn from the Prologue of "Zaïs" tracks 1-4 is an excellent example, and it rivals any of the better-known treatments of the same ideas from the eighteenth century. Ausonia consists of two superb soloists and 10 instrumentalists, plus Haas conducting from the harpsichord keyboard, and all have obviously immersed themselves in this music. As with all the Alpha releases, the listener who focuses on this one will get a bit of an education in the history of French culture, and this class session is an especially useful one. All texts are given in French and English.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/12/2009
  • Label: Alpha Productions
  • EAN: 3760014191428
  • Catalog Number: 142
  • Sales rank: 208,462

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Zaïs, pastorale-héroïque: Ouverture - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (5:41)
  2. 2 Zaïs, pastorale-héroïque: Prologue. Eveillez-vous, troupe immortelle - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (1:18)
  3. 3 Zaïs, pastorale-héroïque: Prologue. Aurore - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (0:38)
  4. 4 Zaïs, pastorale-héroïque: Prologue. Chantez oiseaux, chantez - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (4:27)
  5. 5 Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Act 1. No. 3. Gavotte / Act 2. No. 4. Menuets - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (2:30)
  6. 6 Zaïs, pastorale-héroïque: Prologue. Les torrents s'ouvrent un passage - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (0:48)
  7. 7 Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Act 4. No. 1. Cruels tyrans qui régnez dans mon cœ - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (2:33)
  8. 8 Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Act 4. No. 3. C'en est donc fait, perfide / Act 1. - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (2:47)
  9. 9 Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Act 3. No. 2. Osons achever de grands crimes - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (2:11)
  10. 10 Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Act 4. No. 6. Ah, nos fureurs ne sont point vaines - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (0:49)
  11. 11 Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Act 4. No. 5. Ballet figuré formé par la Haine, le - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (2:10)
  12. 12 Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Act 4. No. 5. Ministres redoutés - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (1:26)
  13. 13 Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Act 4. No. 4. Air des Prêtres - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (2:57)
  14. 14 Zaïs, pastorale-héroïque: Act 2. No. 3. Aquilons rompez votre chaîne - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (0:49)
  15. 15 Zaïs, pastorale-héroïque: Act 2. No. 3. Tempête, Ciel! quels éclats! - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (1:45)
  16. 16 Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Act 2. No. 3. Air un peu gai - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (2:11)
  17. 17 Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Act 5. No. 1. Quel tourment, où trouver la trace d - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (5:14)
  18. 18 Zaïs, pastorale-héroïque: Act 2. No. 3. Entrée noble - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (1:53)
  19. 19 Zaïs, pastorale-héroïque: Act 2. No. 3. Simphonie, Venez aimable Zélidie - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (3:31)
  20. 20 Zaïs, pastorale-héroïque: Act 3. No. 5. Tambourins - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (1:58)
  21. 21 Zaïs, pastorale-héroïque: Act 3. No. 2. Coulez mes pleurs - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (3:56)
  22. 22 Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Act 1. No. 3. Air tendre - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (2:36)
  23. 23 Zaïs, pastorale-héroïque: Act 4. No. 3. Déserts, disparaissez - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (1:03)
  24. 24 Zaïs, pastorale-héroïque: Scène dernière. Air des Bergers, Air pour les Silp - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (2:47)
  25. 25 Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Act 2. No. 7. Non, ce n'est pas toujours pour rava - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (2:49)
  26. 26 Daphnis et Églé, pastorale héroïque: Act 5. Chaconne - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Frederick Haas (6:48)
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