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Rameau: Symphonies for Two Harpsichords / Pierre Hantaï, harpsichord; Skip Sempé, harpsichord

Audio Samples

  1. Rameau — Ouverture (Les Indes Galantes, 1735) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  2. Rameau — Musette en rondeau (Les Indes Galantes) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  3. Rameau — Menuets (Les Indes Galantes) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  4. Rameau — Tambourins (Les Indes Galantes) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  5. Rameau — Musette (Platée, 1745) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  6. Rameau — Air pour les Polonais (Les Indes galantes) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  7. Rameau — Air pour les Esclaves Africains (Les Indes Galantes) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  8. Rameau — Menuet en rondeau (Zoroastre, 1749) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  9. Rameau — Chaconne (Dardanus, 1739) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  10. Rameau — Sarabande (Pièces de Clavecin, 1728 - Zoroastre) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  11. Rameau — Air très gay (Les Paladins, 1757) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  12. Rameau — Gavotte (Les Indes Galantes) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  13. Rameau — Air pour les Bostangis (Les Indes Galantes) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  14. Rameau — Ouverture (Pigmalion, 1747) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  15. Rameau — Menuet (Hippolyte et Aricie, 1733) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  16. Rameau — Prélude (Dardanus) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  17. Rameau — Menuets dans le goût de la vièle (Platée) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  18. Rameau — La Pantomime (Pièces de clavecin en concerts) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  19. Rameau — Air tendre en duo (Dardanus) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  20. Rameau — Les Sauvages (Pièces de clavecin, 1728 - Les Indes Galantes) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  21. Rameau — La Timide (Pièces de clavecin en concerts) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  22. Rameau — Tambourins (Dardanus) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  23. Rameau — Prélude (Dardanus) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  24. Rameau — Chaconne (Les Indes Galantes) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  25. Rameau — Gavotte un peu lente (Les Paladins) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes
  26. Rameau — La Marais (Pièces de clavecin en concerts) (feat. Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempé) $1.29 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Indes galantes
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Platee
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Zoroastre
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Dardanus
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Zoroastre (Pieces de clavecin)
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Paladins
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pygmalion
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Hippolyte et Aricie
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : L'Agacante, for harpsichord, violin & viol (Pieces de clavecin en concerts)
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Fetes d'Hebel (Pieces de clavecin)
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : La Pantomime, for harpsichord, violin & viol (Pieces de clavecin en concerts)
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : L'indiscrete, for harpsichord, violin & viol (Pieces de clavecin en concerts)
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Indes galantes (Pieces de clavecin)
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : La Timide, for harpsichord, violin & viol (Pieces de clavecin en concerts)
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : La Marais, for harpsichord, violin & viol (Pieces de clavecin en concerts)
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The numerous instrumental pieces or symphonies found in the dramatic works of Rameau are remarkably effective when played on the harpsichord. The composer himself, with his transcription of Les Indes Galantes, invited other musicians to continue this tradition. Seizing on the formidable array of material available in his operas, including Platée, Dardanus and Les Paladins, Pierre Hantaï and Skip Sempé take obvious pleasure in revealing, through their two harpsichords, the immense richness of this music, which is full of surprises and imagination.

BBC Music Magazine
Hantaï's playing is wonderfully responsive to the wealth of expressive nuance.

Gramophone
Skip Sempé is known for a love of spontaneity, which informs his solo performances and enlivens the duos.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2012
The harpsichord sound is beautifully captured and the playing is beyond reproach. While there is much drama in Hantai and Sempe's playing, it might be best to take this magnificent collection a little at a time.

The Observer, August 2012
It shouldn't really work to reduce Rameau's richly orchestrated dances to a pair of keyboards. Yet Hantaï and Sempé are so vivacious in their rhythms and so freewheeling in their improvisatory style, often filling in Rameau's outline with dazzling decoration, that this disc is huge fun.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
There are many delightful and poignant moments on this recording. The duo plays with joyous grandeur in the overture to Les Indes Galantes. In the Menuets en Rondeau (Zoroastre, 1749) they evoke the flowing delicacy of the dance. I am very familiar with both harpsichordists, yet I could not always tell who was playing which part. This is, of course, a positive sign. The sounds of the two harpsichords merge as music and dance merge with one another. The two harpsichordists could not be more different, but they bring complementary abilities to this project. Hantai has developed a rigorous and acutely creative compositional mind, well-trained by years spent in the company of JS Bach's music. Sempe brings a generous, spacious style of keyboard improvisation and a disarming openness that leaves the door open for ecstatic experience through music. I'm not trying to oversimplify; it's never as cut and dried as Apollo vs. Dionysius, but when you hear this recording at the very least you will know something truly divine is going on.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: théâtre d'Arras (12/2011).



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Works Details

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Indes galantes :: Ouverture
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1735

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Indes galantes :: Musette en rondeau
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1735

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Indes galantes :: Menuets
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1735

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Indes galantes :: Tambourins
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1735

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Platée :: Musette
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1745

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Indes galantes :: Air pour les Polonais
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1735

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Indes galantes :: Air pour les Esclaves africains
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1735

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Zoroastre :: Menuet en rondeau
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1749

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Dardanus :: Chaconne
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1739

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Zoroastre (Pieces de clavecin) :: Sarabande
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1749

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Paladins :: Air très gay
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1760

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Indes galantes :: Gavotte
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1735

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Indes galantes :: Air pour les Bostangis
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1735

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pygmalion :: Ouverture
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1748

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Hippolyte et Aricie :: Menuet
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1733

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : L'Agaçante, for harpsichord, violin & viol (Pièces de clavecin en concerts)
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Dardanus :: Prélude
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1739

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Fêtes d'Hébél (Pieces de clavecin) :: Tambourins en rondeau
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1739

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Platée :: Préludes dans le goût de la vièle
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1745

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : La Pantomime, for harpsichord, violin & viol (Pièces de clavecin en concerts)
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : L'indiscrète, for harpsichord, violin & viol (Pièces de clavecin en concerts)
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Dardanus :: Air tendre en duo
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1739

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Indes galantes (Pieces de clavecin) :: Les Sauvages
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1735

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : La Timide, for harpsichord, violin & viol (Pièces de clavecin en concerts)
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Dardanus :: Tambourins
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1739

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Dardanus :: Prélude
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1739

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Indes galantes :: Chaconne
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1735

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Paladins :: Gavotte un peu lente
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1760

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : La Marais, for harpsichord, violin & viol (Pièces de clavecin en concerts)
  • Performers: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord); Skip Sempe (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741