Rameau: Operatic Arias

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The professional career of French haute-contre high tenor Pierre de Jéylotte corresponded almost exactly with Rameau's years of operatic success. His first significant role, in fact, was in the premiere of Rameau's "Hippolyte et Aricie" in 1733, the composer's first operatic triumph. In this album, haute-contre Jean-Paul Fouchécourt pays homage to Jéylotte with excerpts from Rameau operas and opera-ballets in which Jéylotte performed. The works recorded here demonstrate Rameau's range as a dramatic composer of music appropriate to comic, tragic, and heroic situations. Fouchécourt's voice is not a consistently elegant or timbrally beautiful instrument. He is, however, a ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The professional career of French haute-contre high tenor Pierre de Jéylotte corresponded almost exactly with Rameau's years of operatic success. His first significant role, in fact, was in the premiere of Rameau's "Hippolyte et Aricie" in 1733, the composer's first operatic triumph. In this album, haute-contre Jean-Paul Fouchécourt pays homage to Jéylotte with excerpts from Rameau operas and opera-ballets in which Jéylotte performed. The works recorded here demonstrate Rameau's range as a dramatic composer of music appropriate to comic, tragic, and heroic situations. Fouchécourt's voice is not a consistently elegant or timbrally beautiful instrument. He is, however, a compelling singing actor, and he brings these characters to life with his committed and dramatically urgent performances. Judging from his performance on the DVD of De Nederlandse Opera's "L'incoronazione di Poppea," in which he plays Arnalta, he has a riveting and, in that opera, hilarious, stage presence. Like Peter Pears, the artistry and drama he brings his roles can make it possible to overlook his less than sumptuous vocal quality, although Fouchécourt's voice has more body and color than Pears'. The glimpse he offers into this neglected repertoire leaves the listener eager to hear more Rameau operas. Opera Lafayette is an American ensemble founded by Ryan Brown and dedicated to the performance of Classical era opera that hasn't found its way into the repertoire. The orchestra does not use period instruments, but Brown leads them in performances of delicacy and attention to subtleties of idiomatic ornamentation. The balance is good, and the sound is bright and lively.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313299324
  • Catalog Number: 8557993
  • Sales rank: 303,585

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Platée ou Junon jalouse, opera: Act 1, Scene 3: Ariette badine: "Que ce séjour est - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Ryan Brown (3:51)
  2. 2 Platée ou Junon jalouse, opera: Act 1, Scene 5: Ariette vive: "Quittez nymphes, qu - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Ryan Brown (2:24)
  3. 3 Platée ou Junon jalouse, opera: Act 2 Scene 1: "A l'aspect de ce nuage" - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Ryan Brown (7:56)
  4. 4 Platée ou Junon jalouse, opera: Act 3, Scene 3: Marche pour la danse - "Dans cette - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Ryan Brown (3:46)
  5. 5 La Guirlande ou Les Fleurs Enchantées, acte de ballet: Scene 1: "Peut-on être à la fois si tendre" Ariett - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Ryan Brown (7:58)
  6. 6 Castor et Pollux, tragédie en musique: Act 4, Scene 5: "Séjour de l'éternelle paix" - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Ryan Brown (4:47)
  7. 7 Naïs, pastorale héroïque: Act 3, Scene 1: Prélude: "La jeune nymphe que j'ad - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Ryan Brown (7:31)
  8. 8 Les Fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour ou Les Dieux d'Égypte, ballet héroïque: Act 1, Scene 1: Gigue - Air graieux: "Que vous con - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Ryan Brown (6:42)
  9. 9 Dardanus, tragédie en musique: Act 4, Scene 1: "Lieux funestes" - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Ryan Brown (5:02)
  10. 10 Zoroastre, tragédie en musique: Act 2, Scene 1: Prélude: "A mes tristes regards" - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Ryan Brown (3:41)
  11. 11 Zaïs, pastorale-héroïque: Act 2, scene 1: Prélude: "Charmes de cœurs ambitie - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Ryan Brown (4:46)
  12. 12 Naïs, pastorale héroïque: Act 3, Scene 5: "Cessez de ravager la terre" - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Ryan Brown (2:54)
  13. 13 Platée ou Junon jalouse, opera: Prologue: Ariette un peu legere: "Charmant Bacchus - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Ryan Brown (2:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jean-Paul Fouchécourt Primary Artist
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