Rameau - Pygmalion | Aparte AP155

Rameau - Pygmalion

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Label: Aparte

Cat No: AP155

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 1st September 2017

Contents

Artists

Cyrille Dubois
Marie-Claude Chappuis
Celine Scheen
Eugenie Warnier
Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Les Talens Lyriques

Conductor

Christophe Rousset

Works

Rameau, Jean-Philippe

Les Fetes de Polymnie: Suite
Pygmalion

Artists

Cyrille Dubois
Marie-Claude Chappuis
Celine Scheen
Eugenie Warnier
Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Les Talens Lyriques

Conductor

Christophe Rousset

About

Rameau’s ‘acte de ballet’ Pygmalion was the composer’s first work to bear that designation. The term denotes a one-act opera with the usual solo numbers, duets, and choruses, interspersed with dance episodes and is generally more pageant-like than plot-driven! The opera was performed 30 times in 1748 and was revived to rapturous acclaim three years later.

The story of Pygmalion dates back to Greek and Roman mythology: the sculptor of the title forswears marriage, but then falls in love with his own perfect representation of a woman, beseeching Aphrodite (or Venus) to bring her to life. In Rameau’s hands, the story became a sunny romantic comedy and one of his best-loved works. Like Ovid’s Love, Christophe Rousset gives life to this score and leads a new and essential reading.

Cast:
- Pygmalion: Cyrille Dubois
- Céphise: Marie-Claude Chappuis
- La Statue: Céline Scheen
- L’Amour: Eugénie Warnier

Reviews

Rameau’s inventive overture fizzes, crackles and beguiles as each element demands in Les Talens Lyriques’ capable hands; the fast repeated notes – supposedly representing Pygmalion’s chisel hammering away – are articulated with a perfect juxtaposition of taut vitality and urbane elegance. ... Although there has been a flurry of good new Rameau releases over the last few years (including several fine accounts of rarities), recordings of an unimpeachable calibre like this don’t come along very often.  David Vickers (Recording of the Month)
Gramophone November 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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