JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU (1683-1764): Les Fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour.
Catalogue Number: 12Q015
Reference: GCD 921629
Description: Written for the 1747 marriage of the French Dauphin, this was made up by adding a prologue to a just written ballet héroique entitled Les Dieux d'Égypte whose three parts are Osiris, Canope and Aruéris. It apparently had cutting-edge state machinery for spectacular special effects, many choruses, four duets, a quartet, quintet and the only sextet in Rameau's œuvre. It also comes from the period when the composer dialed back the orchestral complexity and harmonic richness of his music and offers a combination of galant and pastoral material with powerful vocal and orchestral sections. Overlooked for a long time because of its original occasional character, it can now be seen as a major step forward in Rameau's and French stage music of the period. 2 CDs. French-English libretto. Chantal Santon-Jeffery, Carolyn Sampson (sopranos), Blandine Staskiewicz, Jennifer Borghi (mezzos), Mathias Vidal (countertenor), Tassis Christoyannis (bass), Choir and Orchestra of Le Concert Spirituel; Hervé Niquet.