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Rameau: Les Fetes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour / Chantal Santon-Jeffery, Carolyn Sampson; Blandine Staskiewicz, Jennifer Borghi. Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet

Album Summary

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Fetes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour ou Les Dieux d'Egypte, ballet heroique
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

CD Review, 18th October 2014
The performances are so, so fresh and so present.

Financial Times, 4th October 2014
The singing is buoyant, the playing of Le Concert Spirituel under HervT Niquet affectionate and uplifting - one of the more imaginative tributes for the composer's 350th anniversary year.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
The solo writing ranges from recitative to da capo arias; the delightful orchestration includes independent bassoon parts. Apart from a backward harpsichord continuo, the recording is excellent. And, oh yes, so are the singing and playing.

Sunday Times, 12th October 2014
The story is sophisticated light entertainment. The music, however, is first-rate and stylishly performed by Niquet, his solo team and the band's players and chorus.

Early Music Today
There is some superb singing here, particularly from soprano Chantal Santon-Jeffery, high tenors Mathias Vidal and Reinoud Van Mechelen, and bass Tassis Christoyannis...Le Concert Spirituel does an outstanding job with the sumptuous score and its beguiling stream of song, speech and dance.

International Record Review, December 2014
[Santon's] gleaming tone and smoothly flowing emission are rewardingly dulcifying...[Vidal] produces a clean, focused sound, lightish when singing A Pleasure in the Prologue and tonally fuller as Arueris...[Chrystoyannis's] baritone brings a different colour and range from what has gone before...Niquet appears to strike sensible tempos.

The Guardian, 8th October 2014
Few ensembles do French baroque as well as Le Concert Spirituel with their conductor HervT Niquet. There's a real understanding here of the innate sexiness of this music. The orchestral and choral sound is wonderfully rich without ever turning pompous.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2015
The music, with Rameau very much in his prime, matches the spectacle and drama...While Herve Niquet's musical direction is generally and excellently consistent, this performance is by no means perfect...But the recorded sound is good and this rarity certainly repays attention.

Jean-Philippe Rameau's opera-ballet Les Fe^tes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour, in its exploration of Egyptian mythology, contains some of Rameau's most marvelous musical creations. Blurring more than ever the line between aria and recitative, the composer delivered a concentrated score where lulls are rare and individual sections are linked together with great fluidity. Since 1987 Le Concert Spirituel, together with its founder Hervé Niquet, has become one of the leading exponents across the world in the performance of baroque music on period instruments - notably of French repertoire.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles, Versailles, Fra (02/13/2014-02/15/2014).


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>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour ou Les Dieux d'Égypte, ballet héroïque
  • Performers: Tassis Christoyannis; Alain Buet (Bass)
  • Conductor: Hervé Niquet
  • Ensemble: Le Concert Spirituel Orchestra
  • Notes: Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles, Versailles, France (02/13/2014-02/15/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1747