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Rameau: Dardanus / Bernard Richter, Gaëlle Arquez, João Fernandes, Benoit Arnould, Alain Buet, Sabine Devieilhe

> Dardanus - Act III Scene 1: O jour affreux! (Iphise)
> Dardanus - Act II Scene 1: Dardanus est captif
> Dardanus - Act II: Dardanus gemit dans nos fers (Chorus)
> Dardanus - Act II Scene 2: Ou courrez-vous? - Livrez-nous Dardanus
> Dardanus - Act III Scene 3: Ah, c'est en trop
> Dardanus - Act III Scene 4: Que l'on chante, que l'on s'empresse (Chorus)
> Dardanus - Act III Scene 4: Menuets
> Dardanus - Act III Scene 4: Volez, plaisirs volez!
> Dardanus - Act III Scene 4: Tambourin I-II
> Dardanus - Act III Scene 4: Chantons tous (Chorus)
> Dardanus - Act IV Scene 1: Lieux funestes (Dardanus)
> Dardanus - Act IV Scene 2: Quels sons melodieux? Quelle clarte nouvelle?
> Dardanus - Act IV Scene 2: Viens ecouter nos voeux, vole dans ce sejour
> Dardanus - Act IV Scene 2: Amour, Amour, quand tu veux nous surprendre
> Dardanus - Act IV Scene 2: Gavotte I-II
> Dardanus - Act IV Scene 2: Quel transport me saisit
> Dardanus - Act IV Scene 3: Puis-je a ce prix aff reux vouloir sauver mes jours?
> Dardanus - Act IV Scene 4: Cruel! Quel bruit, j'entends des armes!
> Dardanus - Act IV Scene 5: Tes soldats dans nos murs ramenent le carnage
> Dardanus - Act IV Scene 5: Bruit de guerre
> Dardanus - Act V Scene 1: Ciel! Quelle horreur regne de toutes parts!
> Dardanus - Act V Scene 1: Belle Princesse, enfin pour arriver a vous
> Dardanus - Act V Scene 2: Quel odieux secours, cessez troupe inhumaine
> Dardanus - Act V Scene 3: Mais quels concerts se font entendre? - C'est le bruit flatteur de leurs ailes
> Dardanus - Act V Scene 3: Pour celebrer les feux dlun fils qu'il aime
> Dardanus - Act V Scene 3: Menuet
> Dardanus - Act V Scene 3: Que vos flambeaux éclairent nos rivages!
> Dardanus - Act V Scene 3: Chaconne
> Dardanus - Act II Scene 3: Entendez me voix souveraine (Ismenor, Chorus of the Servants of Ismenor)
> Dardanus - Act II Scene 3: Suspens ta brillante carriere (Ismenor)
> Dardanus - Act II Scene 3: Air
> Dardanus - Act II Scene 3: Nos cris ont penetre jusqu au sombre sejour (Ismenor)
> Dardanus - Act II Scene 3: C'en est fait (Ismenor)
> Dardanus - Act II Scene 3: Obeis aux lois des enfers (Chorus of the Servants of Ismenor)
> Dardanus - Act II Scene 4: Je viens vous confier le trouble de mon coeur (Antenor, Dardanus)
> Dardanus - Act II Scene 5: Je la voi (Dardanus, Iphise)
> Dardanus - Act II Scene 5: D'un penchant si fatal (Iphise, Dardanus)
> Dardanus - Act II Scene 5: Dieux! qu'exigez-vous de mon zele?
> Dardanus - Act II Scene 6: Elle fuit! … Mais j'ai vu sa tendresse (Dardanus)
> Dardanus - Act II Scene 5: Air

Album Summary

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Dardanus
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

After the exploration of Bach's 'five' Missae Breves concluding with the success of the original version of the B minor Mass, Ensemble Pygmalion has recorded Rameau's Dardanus following a series of concerts unanimously hailed by the critics. Although superior from the dramatic point of view, this second version of Dardanus proposed by Pygmalion has never, until the present day, been resurrected, with the exception of the famous aria 'Lieux funestes' from Act IV. A new edition was carried out (by Gilles Rico) based on the 1744 edition, also incorporating the numerous variants integrated by Rameau between 1744 and 1760, as he constantly strove to enrich the music's emotional power. Originally stemming totally from the restrictive form of Lully's tragedie lyrique but also attesting to a pronounced taste for 'extraordinary stories', this work presents a more intimate, human sense of the drama, thereby tracing a very clear path towards the psychological explorations of the Classical era.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
The wonderful orchestral pieces in Dardanus have certainly been raided for such anthologies. Dardanus was first staged in 1739. A revival in 1760 won it genuine approval; in 1768, after the composer died, another revival won respect at last. What strikes me is the uniformity of this production. The singers are all excellent. Everything is lovely here: glittering chorus, refined period-orchestra playing. My one reservation is that Champion's performance is utterly French, suave and elegant, perhaps just a touch understated. Minkowsky's performance is certainly stylistically sensitive.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles, Versailles, Fra (02/14/2012/02/16/2012).



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Works Details

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Dardanus
  • Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Pygmalion
  • Notes: Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles, Versailles, France (02/14/2012/02/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1739