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Rameau: Chamber Works / Mathias Vidal, tenor; Ensemble Amarillis

Album Summary

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Deuxième concert, for harpsichord, violin (or flute) & viola da gamba (or second violin) (Pièces de
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Orphée, cantata for soprano, violin, viol & continuo
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Cinquième concert, for harpsichord, violin (or flute) & viola da gamba (or second violin) (Pièces de
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Le Berger fidèle, cantata for tenor, 2 violins & continuo
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Notes & Reviews:

To mark the 250th anniversary of Jean-Philippe Rameau's death, Ensemble Amarillis and tenor Mathias Vidal, leading performers in the French baroque repertoire, recorded this Rameau chamber music program performed earlier in 2014 at Château de Versailles. Although his output consists essentially of operas (Les Indes galantes, Hippolyte et Aricie, Platée, Les Boréades), Rameau, one of the greatest French composers of the eighteenth century, also wished to leave posterity a number of works in a more intimate style, such as those featured on this recording. The program presents two cantatas and two of the Pièces de clavecin en concert, thus reflecting Amarillis's constant concern to set vocal eloquence alongside instrumental discourse. "We have chosen to play the fifth and the second concerts. They are given in two different scorings, which was customary in Rameau's day and in the decades that followed, since several versions of this music coexist (for sextet, for orchestra, for solo harpsichord). [... ] Finally, our preference in these cantatas for the voice of Mathias Vidal, with its timbre at once powerful and mellow, rather than a soprano voice, reflects our wish to restore all their liveliness and their vivacity to these miniature dramas and is logically consistent with the characters they depict, the musician Orpheus and the shepherd Myrtil." -- Héloïse Gaillard Detailed track-list: - Deuxième concert - Orphée, cantata for tenor, oboe, violin and continuo - Cinquième concert - Le berger fidèle, cantata for tenor, oboe, violin and continuo

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: La Courroie, Entraigues-sur-la-Sorgue, France.



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>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Deuxième concert, for harpsichord, violin (or flute) & viola da gamba (or second violin) (Pièces de
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Amarillis
  • Running Time: 12 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1741

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Orphée, cantata for soprano, violin, viol & continuo
  • Performer: Mathias Vidal (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Amarillis
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: circa 1720

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Cinquième concert, for harpsichord, violin (or flute) & viola da gamba (or second violin) (Pièces de
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Amarillis
  • Running Time: 12 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1741

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Le Berger fidèle, cantata for tenor, 2 violins & continuo
  • Performer: Mathias Vidal (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Amarillis
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1728