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Les Éléments: Tempêtes, Orages & Fêtes Marines - music of Jean-Fery Rebel, Matthew Locke, Vivaldi, Marin Marais, Telemann, Rameau / Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall

Album Summary

>Rebel, Jean-Féry : Les Élémens, simphonie nouvelle for 2 violins, 2 flutes & continuo
>Locke, Matthew : The Tempest
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Flute in F major, Op. 10 no 1/RV 433 "La tempesta di mare"
>Marais, Marin [Composer] : Airs pour les Matelots et les Tritons, for orchestra (Alcyone Suite no 4)
>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Wasser Overture, for 2 recorders, flute, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo in C major ("Hamburger
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Indes Galantes
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Hippolyte et Aricie
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Zoroastre
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The music on this double album explores the forces of nature, as vividly depicted by the composers at the turn of the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries. Jordi Savall's stunning (and première) recording of Jean-Fery Rebel's Les Éléments displays his unmatched vision of the baroque orchestral repertoire, proving that authenticity and timbral beauty aren't mutually exclusive. This classic recording, remastered for SACD, is paired on this release with brand new performances of similarly programmatic works by Locke, Vivaldi, Marais, Telemann and Rameau, all performed by Savall's acclaimed ensemble Le Concert des Nations. This varied and expressively wide-ranging collection is a welcome addition to the existing landmark recordings made by Savall in this repertoire.

Early Music Review, 24th January 2016
A live recording of an excellent programme with the theme of musical 'tone painting'...I enjoyed the discs very much.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2016
Jordi Savall directs with typical grandeur and depth of tone. The subject-matter means plenty of work for the two-man wind machine and rumbling drum department, but there is exquisite contrast too in, say, the fluty stillness of Marais's Ritournelle or the exquisitely graceful 'sleeping Thetis' Sarabande of the Telemann.

The Guardian, 10th January 2016
Jordi Savall's inventive programming explores earth, air, fire and water. The ferment of Rameau's Tonnerre from Hippolyte meets the cooler but highly original Curtain Tune from Matthew Locke's Tempest and Vivaldi's bubbling Tempesta di mare concerto. Hidden in Marin Marais' Alcione, with its tremendous Chaconne, is the surprise of a march that became a popular Christmas carol. Le Concert des Nations plays with typical verve and energy.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
This program would make a nice concert, as the audience response here testifies. Aside from pointing up how much Baroque dances could be used to carry sound effects. I recommend tracking down other, fuller recordings of this music.

MusicWeb International, May 2016
A very rewarding exploration of how several Baroque composers treated the themes of nature and the elements.

The Classical Reviewer, 6th February 2016
All through there are striking moments with Le Concert des Nations weaving some wonderful sounds with lovely textures and harmonies, particularly towards the end ... Jordi Savall has gathered together a terrific collection of music to which he and Le Concert des Nations bring life and buoyancy, colour and great textures.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Le cadre du concert "Terra Nostra, Hommage à la Terre" (07/19/2015).



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Works Details

>Rebel, Jean-Féry : Les Élémens, simphonie nouvelle for 2 violins, 2 flutes & continuo
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Les Concert des Nations
  • Running Time: 20 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1737
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Locke, Matthew : The Tempest
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Les Concert des Nations
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1674
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Flute in F major, Op. 10 no 1/RV 433 "La tempesta di mare"
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Les Concert des Nations
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1729
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Marais, Marin [Composer] : Airs pour les Matelots et les Tritons, for orchestra (Alcyone Suite no 4)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Les Concert des Nations
  • Running Time: 11 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Wasser Overture, for 2 recorders, flute, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo in C major ("Hamburger
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Les Concert des Nations
  • Running Time: 20 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1723
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Indes Galantes :: Air pour les Zéphirs
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Les Concert des Nations
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1735
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Indes Galantes :: Orage et air pour Borée
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Les Concert des Nations
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1735
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Hippolyte et Aricie :: Tonnerre
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Les Concert des Nations
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1733
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Zoroastre :: Contredanse
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Les Concert des Nations
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1749
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Zoroastre :: Contredanse très vive
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Les Concert des Nations
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1749
  • Studio/Live: Live