L'Orchestre de Louis XV: Jean-Philippe Rameau - Suites d'Orchestre

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
With this two-disc hybrid SACD set, Jordi Savall turns his considerable gifts as a performer and scholar to the music of the French court during the reign of Louis XV in the middle years of the 18th century. The confluence of Louis XIV's love of music and dance and the talent of Jean-Baptiste Lully had constituted the high point of royal French patronage of music; Louis XV was relatively indifferent to music and it wasn't until Rameau was in his sixties when he was finally granted a royal appointment. Throughout his long career, though, he enjoyed great popular success and was considered France's outstanding composer, and he produced a large body of work including over ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
With this two-disc hybrid SACD set, Jordi Savall turns his considerable gifts as a performer and scholar to the music of the French court during the reign of Louis XV in the middle years of the 18th century. The confluence of Louis XIV's love of music and dance and the talent of Jean-Baptiste Lully had constituted the high point of royal French patronage of music; Louis XV was relatively indifferent to music and it wasn't until Rameau was in his sixties when he was finally granted a royal appointment. Throughout his long career, though, he enjoyed great popular success and was considered France's outstanding composer, and he produced a large body of work including over 20 operas. As the excellent program note to this recording diplomatically puts it, Rameau's work was "profoundly original to the point of sometimes bordering on the strange," and that strangeness contributes substantially to its appeal to modern audiences; his is a music of extremes that doesn't sound quite like anyone else's. The orchestral suites from his operas reveal him as a composer capable of an almost severe austerity and seriousness as well as eccentric whimsicality. His unpredictability may keep listeners constantly on their metaphoric toes, but an undeniable logic undergirds his music and makes it irresistibly compelling. In this regard, he seems like a natural forbear of Berlioz, who lived just about a century later. Some of the strangeness is a result of his orchestration, which can include musettes small bagpipes and relies more heavily than that of most of his contemporaries on winds and percussion. These superb performances by Le Concert des Nations make a strong case for Rameau as a composer who is not merely talked about but actually performed with far greater frequency. Savall and the orchestra give scrupulous and from the energy of the playing delighted attention to the details of the scores; phrases are lovingly shaped, lines surge and leap, and the music practically bristles with excitement. The performers' use of historically appropriate instruments and their adherence to historically informed practice and ornamentation accentuate the foreignness of Rameau's somewhat exotic aesthetic, but should delight listeners who aren't afraid of being surprised. Alia Vox's sound is impeccably clean, with exceptional liveliness.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2011
  • Label: Alia Vox Spain
  • EAN: 7619986398822
  • Catalog Number: 9882
  • Sales rank: 40,222

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Les Indes galantes, suite from the opéra-ballet for harpsichord: Ouverture - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (4:15)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  2. 2 Les Indes galantes, suite from the opéra-ballet for harpsichord: Musette en Rondeau - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (1:49)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  3. 3 Les Indes galantes, suite from the opéra-ballet for harpsichord: Air vif - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (2:52)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  4. 4 Les Indes galantes, suite from the opéra-ballet for harpsichord: Air des Incas pour la dévotion du Soleil - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (2:20)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  5. 5 Les Indes galantes, suite from the opéra-ballet for harpsichord: Air pour les amants qui suivent Bellone - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Le Concert des Nations (0:59)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  6. 6 Les Indes galantes, suite from the opéra-ballet for harpsichord: Air pour les guerriers portant les Drapeaux - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Le Concert des Nations (1:27)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  7. 7 Les Indes galantes, suite from the opéra-ballet for harpsichord: Menuets pour les Guerriers et Amazones 1 & 2 - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (1:59)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  8. 8 Les Indes galantes, suite from the opéra-ballet for harpsichord: Orage - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Le Concert des Nations (0:44)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  9. 9 Les Indes galantes, suite from the opéra-ballet for harpsichord: Air pour les esclaves africains - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Le Concert des Nations (1:39)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  10. 10 Les Indes galantes, suite from the opéra-ballet for harpsichord: Air pour Borée et la Rose - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Le Concert des Nations (1:08)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  11. 11 Les Indes galantes, suite from the opéra-ballet for harpsichord: 2ème Air pour les Zephirs - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Le Concert des Nations (2:22)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  12. 12 Les Indes galantes, suite from the opéra-ballet for harpsichord: Tambourins 1/2 - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Le Concert des Nations (1:30)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  13. 13 Les Indes galantes, suite from the opéra-ballet for harpsichord: Chaconne - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (5:37)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  14. 14 Naïs, pastorale héroïque: Ouverture - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (4:01)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  15. 15 Naïs, pastorale héroïque: Musette tendre - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (1:47)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  16. 16 Naïs, pastorale héroïque: Rigaudons 1/2 - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (3:10)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  17. 17 Naïs, pastorale héroïque: Sarabande - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (2:56)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  18. 18 Naïs, pastorale héroïque: Gavotte pour les Zéphirs - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (1:37)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  19. 19 Naïs, pastorale héroïque: Loure - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (2:26)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  20. 20 Naïs, pastorale héroïque: Musette - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (1:54)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  21. 21 Naïs, pastorale héroïque: Tambourins 1/2 - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (2:50)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  22. 22 Naïs, pastorale héroïque: Entrée des Luteurs - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (0:08)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  23. 23 Naïs, pastorale héroïque: Chaconne - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (6:05)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  24. 24 Naïs, pastorale héroïque: Air de Triomphe - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (1:16)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
Disc 2
  1. 1 Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Ouverture - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (4:10)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  2. 2 Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Passepieds 1/2 - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (2:20)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  3. 3 Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Loure - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (2:22)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  4. 4 Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Air des Esprits Infernaux 2 - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (2:38)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  5. 5 Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Air tendre en Rondeau - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (2:22)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  6. 6 Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Air Grave - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (2:23)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  7. 7 Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Gavotte en Rondeau - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (2:04)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  8. 8 Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Sarabande - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (2:20)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  9. 9 Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Contredanse - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (1:22)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  10. 10 Les Boréades (Abaris), tragédie en musique: Ouverture - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (5:18)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  11. 11 Les Boréades (Abaris), tragédie en musique: Entrée - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (4:26)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  12. 12 Les Boréades (Abaris), tragédie en musique: Entrée des Peuples - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (3:24)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  13. 13 Les Boréades (Abaris), tragédie en musique: Contredanse en rondeau - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (3:59)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  14. 14 Les Boréades (Abaris), tragédie en musique: Les Vents - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (3:41)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  15. 15 Les Boréades (Abaris), tragédie en musique: Gavotte 1 & 2 pour les heures et les Zephirs - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (2:01)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  16. 16 Les Boréades (Abaris), tragédie en musique: Menuets 1-2 - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (3:34)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
  17. 17 Les Boréades (Abaris), tragédie en musique: Contredanse très vive - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Manfredo Kraemer (2:31)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted byJordi Savall
    Performed byLe Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall
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