Notes & Reviews:
In 1745, King Louis XV granted Jean-Philippe Rameau the post of Composer du cabinet du roy. During this period, he composed some lighter works, in collaboration with librettist Louis de Cahusac that went on to become some of his most important masterpieces. One of them was Zaïs, first performed in 1748 on the stage of the Académie Royale de Musique. The plot revolves around a lover (Zaïs) putting his beloved (Zélidie) to the test in order to cherish her all the more. One of Rameau's leading champions, Christophe Rousset, leads Les Talens Lyriques in a definitive performance of this ballet-héroïque.
American Record Guide, March/April 2016
As one would expect of Rousset, everything is done to stylistic perfection here, by singers who have this idiom in their bones. Pau is the best-known singer, and she gives a winning performance as the much-tried heroine. Pregardien has an ideal light tenor for his role, and his interactions and duets with Piau are quite beautiful. The other singers are all wonderful in their parts, large or small. The chorus is sonorous - by now the best of its kind in such literature. The period orchestra sounds rich and colorful. The recording, made in actual performances in November 2014, is handsomely vivid. The book-like album contains the full libretto with English translation. A superlative production in every way, and a wonderful addition to the swelling Rameau discography.
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Jean-Philippe Rameau: Orchestral Works
Leopold Kozeluch (f1747-1818): Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 5 - Piano Sonatas Nos. 17 - 20 / Kemp English, fortepiano
Franz Xaver Gebel (1787-1843): String Quartet in D major; String Quartet Op. 47 / Hoffmeister Quartet
Johann Nicolaus Denninger (1743-1813): Piano Trios Op. 4/1-3; Piano Trio in G major / Trio 1790
Sibelius: The Seven Symphonies / Lorin Maazel, Vienna PO [4 CDs+Blu-Ray Audio]
Joachim Nikolas Eggert (1779-1813): Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3; Incidental Music to 'Svante Sture' & 'The Moors in Spain' / Gavle SO, Korsten
The suites for solo cello by Gaspar Cassadó & Zoltán Kodály; Kodály: Duo for violin & cello, Op. 7 / Antonio Meneses, cello; Claudio Cruz, violin
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 / Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Le Temple de la Gloire, opera / Les Agrémens; Choeur de Chambre de Namur; Guy Van Waas