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Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Fetes de Polymnie, ballet héroique, Paris 1745 / Véronique Gens; Emoke Barath, Aurélia Legay, Mathias Vidal

Album Summary

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Fêtes de Polymnie, ballet héroïque
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine
In a fine performance...many of the works' shortcomings may be forgotten. Em÷ke Barath is superb as Polyhymnie as she is in her other roles. Mathias Vidal is dramatic, lyrical and commanding as the 'Leader of the Arts' and most especially Alcide, while AurTlia Legay is compelling...Gy÷rgy Vashegyi's direction...produces both stylish playing and...striking ensemble.

CD Review, 31st January 2015
The playing and especially the singing is worth hearing here, especially soprano Veronique Gens in fine form, and Emoke Barath as Polymnie in Rameau's prologue... another enjoyable addition to our Rameau rediscoveries.

The Guardian, 15th January 2015
This Hungarian-sourced performance, conducted by Gy÷rgy Vashegyi, certainly emphasises the music's colour, grandeur and rhythmic vitality, though the slightly boomy recording acoustic isn't ideal. The cast is good, a well-balanced mix of Hungarian and French singers.

This recording of Rameau's Les Fêtes de Polymnie (1745), directed by György Vashegyi, features Aurélia Legay, Emöke Barath, Mathias Vidal, and the incomparable Véronique Gens in the various vocal roles that appear in the work's Prologue and three Entrées. Rameau, aided by his reformist librettist Louis de Cahusac, conjured up - in addition to sparkling arias and recitatives - a dazzling mosaic of intermèdes, passacailles, chaconnes and descriptive symphonies interspersed with vivid choral contributions, delivered with taste and aplomb by the Purcell Choir and the Orfeo Orchestra.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Palace of the Arts, MUPA, Budapest, Hungary (04/05/2014-04/08/2014).


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>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Fêtes de Polymnie, ballet héroïque
  • Conductor: György Vashegyi
  • Ensemble: Purcell Choir
  • Notes: Palace of the Arts, MUPA, Budapest, Hungary (04/05/2014-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1745