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Rameau: Anacreon 1754 / Matthew Brook, Anna Dennis, Agustin Prunell-Friend. Orch. Of the Age of Enlightenment

Album Summary

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Anacréon, acte de ballet
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Jean-Philippe Rameau wrote two complete Anacréons, both of them a one-act acte de ballet, but with two different plots and librettos. Anacréon (1754) had a successful premiere followed by some performances in Paris after the composer's death, and then fell into oblivion for almost 250 years. From fragmented manuscripts scattered through Paris's libraries the work was subsequently reconstructed by Dr. Jonathan Williams and published. Dr. Williams leads this world premiere recording, joined by a leading cast of soloists and the Orchestra and Choir of the Age of Enlightenment.

MusicWeb International, 22nd October 2015
There is an indefinable sophistication to the OAE sound here that bears comparison with Les Arts Florissants - high praise in repertoire like this ... The finest of the singers is Anna Denis' ChloT, who is full of wide-eyed innocence but marries this with a gloriously refulgent tone. There is a haunting, luxurious quality to her voice that I found utterly beguiling, and her singing is a joy throughout.

The Guardian, 8th October 2015
This Rameau Project... shows how integrated research and performance have now become...The music here is well worth restoring: the instrumental dances full of burbling flutes, whooping horns and beating drums show Rameau as thoroughly contemporary in his vivid imagination; they rather overwhelm the paler vocal lines.

Choir & Organ, March 2016
Rameau fans will rejoice over this world premiere recording ... there's elegant, expressive heart-warming singing from Matthew Brook and Anna Dennis. One of the chief pleasures lies in the band's virtuosity, including a brace of fantastically flighty flutes, playing throughout with the most impressive, almost gleeful, brio.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (02/14/2014-02/15/2014).


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>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Anacréon, acte de ballet
  • Conductor: Jonathan Williams
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (02/14/2014-02/15/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1754