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Rameau: Les Indes Galantes (1750 Toulouse vers.) / Choeur de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux; Les Talens Lyriques; Christophe Rousset [DVD]

Album Summary

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Indes galantes, opéra-ballet
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

For the launch of its DVD collection, Alpha joined forces with Christophe Rousset's Les Talens Lyriques in releasing Jean-Philippe Rameau's opera-ballet Les Indes galantes, his most famous work, here performed in its 1750 'Toulouse' version. Particularly rich on both a musical level and in atmosphere, scrutinizing love 'in far-off lands' (Turkey, Peru, Persia and America), the opera responds to the infatuation with exoticism that tinged all the arts of the century. Rameau's dance music is always quite suggestive, evocative of a movement or a pictorial atmosphere. Laura Scozzi brings to the stage her contemporary vision of these countries and travels. Filmed at the Bordeaux National Opera, this production, marking the 2014 Rameau celebrations, was unanimously hailed by the international press. "One of the glories of 18th c. music [...]. A cast [...] well nigh perfect." (The Guardian)

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 175 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo,
Subtitles: French, English


"A Night at the Opera"?
Musically, this DVD of Rameau’s famous opera is quite good. Maestro Rousset and his top notch ensemble, Les Talens Lyriques, successfully elucidate and invigorate the various elements that make up this marvelous work. The playing is exuberant and stylish. Incidentally, in his accompanying essay, Maestro Roussett lays out a compelling case as to why he opted for the somewhat altered Toulouse edition of 1750. The phantasmagorical libretto is of no real consequence. Rameau’s inspired and masterful writing is the sole reason that this work has endured for centuries. The contribution of the soloists and chorus is likewise of a very high order. Which leaves the conception/direction. The adoption of contemporary dress/mores or the complete absence of it in some instances, is ill advised. It comes across as sophomoric and self-indulgent. Its employment adds nothing to Rameau’s grand vision. So the choices come down to Christie and Les Arts Florissants on Opus Arte or any of several superb audio only renditions on Harmonia Mundi, Erato, etc.
Submitted on 09/25/15 by Allen Cohen 
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Works Details

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Indes galantes, opéra-ballet
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Choeur de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1735
  • Studio/Live: Live