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Le Concert des Nations & Jordi Savall - Rameau: L' Orchestre de Louis XV (2011)

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Le Concert des Nations & Jordi Savall - Rameau: L' Orchestre de Louis XV (2011)
Artist: Le Concert des Nations & Jordi Savall
Title Of Album: Rameau: L' Orchestre de Louis XV
Year Of Release: 2011
Label: Alia Vox Records
Country: Spain
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (*image + .cue, log, artwork)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 01:48:07
Full Size: 842 MB


CD 1
01. Ouverture (Les Indes Galantes)
02. Musette en Rondeau
03. Air vif
04. Air des Incas pour la devotion du Soleil
05. Air pour les amants qui suivent Bellone
06. Air pour les guerriers portant les Drapeaux
07. Menuets pour les Guerriers et Amazones I & II
08. Orage
09. Air pour les esclaves africains
10. Air pour Boree et la Rose
11. 2eme Air pour les Zephirs
12. Tambourins I/II
13. Chaconne
14. Ouverture (Nais)
15. Musette tendre
16. Rigaudons I/II
17. Sarabande
18. Gavotte pour les Zephirs
19. Loure
20. Musette
21. Tambourins I/II
22. Entree des Luteurs
23. Chaconne
24. Air de Triomphe

CD 2
01. Ouverture (Zoroastre)
02. Passepieds I/II
03. Loure
04. Air des Esprits Infernaux II
05. Air tendre en Rondeau
06. Air Grave
07. Gavotte en Rondeau
08. Sarabande
09. Contredanse
10. Ouverture (Les Boreades)
11. Entree
12. Entree des Peuples
13. Contredanse en rondeau
14. Les Vents
15. Gavotte I & II pour les heures et les Zephirs
16. Menuets I-II
17. Contredanse tres vive

With this two-disc hybrid SACD set, Jordi Savall turns his considerable gifts as a performer and scholar to the music of the French court during the reign of Louis XV in the middle years of the 18th century. The confluence of Louis XIV's love of music and dance and the talent of Jean-Baptiste Lully had constituted the high point of royal French patronage of music; Louis XV was relatively indifferent to music and it wasn't until Rameau was in his sixties when he was finally granted a royal appointment. Throughout his long career, though, he enjoyed great popular success and was considered France's outstanding composer, and he produced a large body of work including over 20 operas. As the excellent program note to this recording diplomatically puts it, Rameau's work was "profoundly original to the point of sometimes bordering on the strange," and that strangeness contributes substantially to its appeal to modern audiences; his is a music of extremes that doesn't sound quite like anyone else's. The orchestral suites from his operas reveal him as a composer capable of an almost severe austerity and seriousness as well as eccentric whimsicality. His unpredictability may keep listeners constantly on their metaphoric toes, but an undeniable logic undergirds his music and makes it irresistibly compelling. (In this regard, he seems like a natural forbear of Berlioz, who lived just about a century later.) Some of the strangeness is a result of his orchestration, which can include musettes (small bagpipes) and relies more heavily than that of most of his contemporaries on winds and percussion. These superb performances by Le Concert des Nations make a strong case for Rameau as a composer who is not merely talked about but actually performed with far greater frequency. Savall and the orchestra give scrupulous and (from the energy of the playing) delighted attention to the details of the scores; phrases are lovingly shaped, lines surge and leap, and the music practically bristles with excitement. The performers' use of historically appropriate instruments and their adherence to historically informed practice and ornamentation accentuate the foreignness of Rameau's somewhat exotic aesthetic, but should delight listeners who aren't afraid of being surprised. Alia Vox's sound is impeccably clean, with exceptional liveliness. -- Stephen Eddins

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