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Rameau: Overtures

by Jean-Philippe Rameau

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How I wish that I had my Time-Machine adjusted so as to allow me to see experience Rameau's operas as they were performed in his time: with all the whoop-de-do, dancing, and stage-shenanigans added to the music. These overtures give a sense of what whizz-bang shows those must have been. Imagine Spike Jones writing the film-score for Anatole France's ROTISSERIE DE LA REINE PEDAUGUE, and you'll get the idea. Beautiful audio-quality, as befits these works of endless surprising and wondrous sound-texture ( )
  HarryMacDonald | Mar 1, 2014 |
A spirited recording of these lively pieces which stand perfectly well on their own, though Rameau's lavish operas are well-worth experiencing in their entirety. In terms of form, Rameau experimented freely, going from almost absurd extravagance to polyphony so simple as barely to deserve the name. At times the instrumentation recalls Spike Jones (avant la lettre): much fun. ( )
  HarryMacDonald | Jul 17, 2013 |
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