Rameau - Castor et Pollux
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Label: Harmonia Mundi
Cat No: HMC90221213
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 5th May 2015
Emmanuelle de Negri
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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