Notes & Reviews:
Rameau revised his 1737 opera 'Castor et Pollux' in 1754, at the height of the raging debate, the so-called Querelle des Bouffons, over the relative merits of French and Italian opera. Long regarded as Rameau's crowning achievement, it won immediate popular success, not only striking a significant blow for French music over Italian music but for the supporters of Rameau who looked to him to take over Lully's mantle as composer of the French national style.
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Works DetailsRameau, Jean-Philippe : Castor et Pollux
- Performers: Meredith Hall (Soprano); Giles Tomkins (Bass Baritone); Monica Whicher (Soprano)
- Conductor: Kevin Mallon
- Ensemble: Opera in Concert Chorus
- Notes: Grace Church on the Hill, Toronto, Canada (02/09/2003-02/13/2003)
- Running Time: 8 min. 52 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1737