Rameau: Castor et Pollux (Opera in 5 Acts, 7154 version)

Rameau: Castor et Pollux (Opera in 5 Acts, 7154 version)

by Kevin Mallon, Hopkins, Mallon
     
 

This is Rameau's 1754 revision of "Castor et Pollux," performed by Toronto's Opera in Concert and the Aradia Ensemble from a score prepared by conductor Kevin Mallon. Though it is a studio recording, it followed closely on the heels of a series of live performances, and it benefits from the spontaneity and dramatic energy gained from them. TheSee more details below

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This is Rameau's 1754 revision of "Castor et Pollux," performed by Toronto's Opera in Concert and the Aradia Ensemble from a score prepared by conductor Kevin Mallon. Though it is a studio recording, it followed closely on the heels of a series of live performances, and it benefits from the spontaneity and dramatic energy gained from them. The Canadian cast, led by Colin Ainsworth and Joshua Hopkins in the title roles, deals with the score capably, and Mallon leads the Aradia Ensemble in a clean, well-paced reading of the orchestration. Hopkins (Pollux) and Monica Whicher (Télaïre, his fiancée) make the best vocal impression, singing with both style and authority. The "Tonnerre" (thunder scene) from Act V is especially striking, with added percussion effects to simulate wind and rain.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2004
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0730099611824
catalogNumber:
8660118-19
Rank:
100461

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  1. Castor et Pollux, tragédie en musique  - Jean-Philippe Rameau  - Meredith Hall  - Kevin Mallon  - Monica Whicher  -  Ensemble Arcadia  - Pierre Joseph Bernard  - Giles Tomkins  - Ferdinanda Galli-Bibiena  - Julia Wedman

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