Rameau - Castor et Pollux | Harmonia Mundi HMC90221213

Rameau - Castor et Pollux

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMC90221213

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 5th May 2015

Contents

Artists

Colin Ainsworth
Florian Sempey
Emmanuelle de Negri
Clementine Margaine
Christian Immler
Sabine Devieilhe
Philippe Talbot
Virgile Ancely
Pygmalion

Conductor

Raphael Pichon

Works

Rameau, Jean-Philippe

Castor et Pollux

Artists

Colin Ainsworth
Florian Sempey
Emmanuelle de Negri
Clementine Margaine
Christian Immler
Sabine Devieilhe
Philippe Talbot
Virgile Ancely
Pygmalion

Conductor

Raphael Pichon

About

In contrast to its reception in 1737, 'Castor et Pollux' enjoyed great success in 1754 and it was performed regularly until 1755. It was revived again at court in November 1763, then at the Académie Royale de Musique from January 1764 (six months before the elderly Rameau’s death) until 1765, and continued to receive frequent performances from 1770 to 1782: eloquent testimony to its popularity.

Thanks to the recent discovery of a manuscript close to the autograph that Rameau finalised in the last months of 1753, this second version of the work, with its tauter dramatic action, can now be heard in the pristine splendour and refinement of its orchestration.

As a result, the revised tragédie lyrique, unfairly overshadowed nowadays by the 1737 version, emerges in its full force and dramatic power under the inspired direction of Raphaël Pichon.

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