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