Rameau - Les Boreades | Chateau de Versailles Spectacles CVS026

Rameau - Les Boreades

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Label: Chateau de Versailles Spectacles

Cat No: CVS026

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 25th September 2020

Contents

Artists

Deborah Cachet
Caroline Weynants
Matthias Vidal
Benedikt Kristjansson
Benoit Arnould
Tomas Selc
Nicolas Brooymans
Lukas Zeman
Helena Hozova
Pavla Radostova
Anna Zawisa
Tereza Malickayova
Collegium 1704

Conductor

Vaclav Luks

Works

Rameau, Jean-Philippe

Les Boreades

Artists

Deborah Cachet
Caroline Weynants
Matthias Vidal
Benedikt Kristjansson
Benoit Arnould
Tomas Selc
Nicolas Brooymans
Lukas Zeman
Helena Hozova
Pavla Radostova
Anna Zawisa
Tereza Malickayova
Collegium 1704

Conductor

Vaclav Luks

About

Rameau’s career was coming to an end when in 1763 rehearsals began for his last work, Les Boréades, intended for the Fêtes Royales de Choisy in June, celebrating the end of the Seven Years’ War. On 27 April the reahearsals took place in Versailles, then... nothing more. Les Boréades was not part of the royal festivities, and the composer’s death in 1764 plunged his last tragédie lyrique into oblivion, and it was not to see the light of day for another two centuries! Yet what a splendid opera it is, Rameau’s most accomplished, for he was in full possession of his creative means at eighty years of age. The writing for orchestra and choir is wildly virtuosic, the melodic invention exceptional, the drama is powerful: it is a veritable musical testament, a succession of violent elements, passionate duets and heartrending lamentations. Taking on this monument of French music, Václav Luks brings together magnificent soloists and his choral and orchestral forces, which regularly resound in the Royal opera: their determination is admirable and Versailles really does owe it to Rameau, since the unfinished rehearsals of 1763, to make a second recording of his masterpiece!

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