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JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU  

(1683 - 1764)

Rameau was the leading French composer of his time, particularly after the death of Couperin in 1733. He made a significant and lasting contribution to musical theory. Born in Dijon, two years before the year of birth of Handel, Bach and Domenico Scarlatti, Rameau spent the earlier part of his career principally as organist at Clermont Cathedral. In 1722 or 1723, however, he settled in Paris, publishing further collections of harpsichord pieces and his important Treatise on Harmony, written before his removal to Paris. From 1733 he devoted himself largely to the composition of opera and to his work as a theorist, the first under the patronage of a rich amateur, in whose house he had an apartment.

Dramatic Works

Rameau contributed to a variety of dramatic forms, continuing, in some, the tradition of Lully. These included tragédies lyriques, comédies lyriques and comédies-ballets. His first success in 1733 was Hippolyte et Aricie, but as time went on fashions changed and the stage works he wrote after Les Paladins in 1760 remained unperformed. Orchestral suites derived from some of Rameau’s stage works at least make a certain amount of this music readily available.

Keyboard Music

Sixty of Rameau’s 65 harpsichord pieces were written by 1728, with a final group appearing in 1741. Published in 1706, 1724 and around the year 1728, these collections, with the final collection of 1741, consist of genre pieces and dances in the established tradition of French keyboard music.

Chamber Music

In the later part of his career Rameau also wrote a series of suites, the Pièces de clavecin en concerts, for harpsichord, flute or violin and second violin or tenor viol.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A LA DECOUVERTE DU CLASSIQUE Naxos
8.550037-38
Instrumental
Accordion Recital: Miki, Mie - DAQUIN, L.-C. / RAMEAU, J.-P. / SCARLATTI, D. / HANDEL, G.F. / JACOBI, W. / SCHUBERT, F. / BRAHMS, J. (S'il vous plait) BIS
BIS-CD-1804
Instrumental
Art and Music: Goya - Music of His Time Naxos
8.558178
Orchestral
BALBASTRE, C.-B.: Harpsichord Music - Pieces de clavecin, Book 1 / Livre contenant des pieces de different genre (excerpts) (Farr) Naxos
8.572034-35
Instrumental
BERLIOZ, H.: Symphonie Fantastique / RAMEAU, J.-P.: Les Boreades Suite (Berlin Philharmonic, Rattle) (NTSC) EuroArts
2057558
Classical Concert
BLU-RAY EXPERIENCE (THE) - Opera and Ballet Highlights (Blu-ray, NTSC) Opus Arte
OABD7000D
Opera DVD
BOYS GOTTA DANCE! Delos
DE1623
Chamber Music
Chamber Music (Baroque) - LULLY, J.-B. / COUPERIN, F. / MARAIS, M. / REBEL, J.-F. / RAMEAU, J.-P. / LECLAIR, J.M. (A French Soiree) (Trio Settecento) Cedille
CDR90000-129
Chamber Music
Chamber Music (French) - MARAIS, M. / RAMEAU, J.-P. / LALANDE, M.-R. de (Musik in Versailles) (Trio Marie-Antoinette) Campanella Musica
C130090
Chamber Music
Chamber Music (Russian) - SHALOV, A. / ALESKEROV, Y. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / TAMARIN, J. / MUNIER, C. / RAMEAU, J.-P. (Style of Five) Delos
DE3251
Chamber Music
CHRISTMAS CHILL - The Ultimate Collection Naxos
8.578013-14
Choral - Sacred
CINEMA CLASSICS 2007 Naxos
8.556834
Opera
CLASSICAL CAFFEINE Delos
DE1628
Chamber Music
CLASSICAL WELLNESS - Musical Tonics for Mind, Body and Spirit (3-CD Box Set) Delos
DE3464
Chamber Music
DISCOVER CLASSICAL MUSIC Naxos
8.550008-09
Instrumental
Discover Music of the Baroque Era Naxos Educational
8.558160-61
Orchestral, Instrumental
DISCOVER OPERA Naxos Educational
8.558196-97
Opera
DISCOVER THE CLASSICS, VOL. 1 Naxos Educational
8.550035-36
Instrumental
En la Fete de Noel - O Holy Night Naxos
8.554435
Choral - Sacred
GIARDINO ARMONICO (IL): Music of the French Baroque (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100395
Classical Concert
GILELS, Emil: Early Recordings, Vol. 1 (1935-1951) Naxos Historical
8.111350
Instrumental
Grand Tour (Trio Settecento) (4-CD Box Set) Cedille
CDRBOX1002
Chamber Music
Guitar Recital: Cherouana, Lazhar - RAMEAU, J.-P. / REGONDI, G. / LEGNANI, L. / ASENCIO, V. / MANJON, A.J. / BOGDANOVIC, D. Naxos
8.573226
Instrumental
HARPSICHORD (Eternal) Naxos
8.572184
Instrumental
Harpsichord Recital: Vinikour, Jory - HANDEL, G.F. / BACH, J.S. / RAMEAU, J.P. / SCARLATTI, D. / COUPERIN, L. / COUPERIN, F. Delos
DE3354
Instrumental
INDY, V.: Trio, Op. 29 / RAMEAU, J.P.: Concert No. 5 in D Minor (Montagnana Trio) Delos
FA8004
Chamber Music
KREISLER, Fritz: Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 (1904, 1910) Naxos Historical
8.112053
Chamber Music
KREISLER, Fritz: Complete Recordings, Vol. 4 (1916-1919) Naxos Historical
8.111384
Chamber Music
LA TRIOMPHANTE - VIRTUOSO KEYBOARD WORKS OF THE 16TH TO 18TH CENTURY Naxos
8.551061
Instrumental
LANDOWSKA, Wanda: Dances of Ancient Poland (1946, 1951) Naxos Historical
8.111055
Instrumental
LEGATO - THE WORLD OF THE PIANO - PONTINEN, Roland: Listening to Yourself (NTSC) EuroArts
2055768
Classical Documentary
LEGATO - THE WORLD OF THE PIANO (4-DVD Box Set) (NTSC) EuroArts
2059848
Classical Documentary
MOISEIWITSCH, Benno: Acoustic Recordings 1916-1925 (Moiseiwitsch, Vol. 10) Naxos Historical
8.111116
Instrumental
NISHIZAKI, Takako: Fritz Kreisler Edition, Vol. 6 Naxos
8.557872
Chamber Music
Orchestral Music (French) - MEHUL, E.-N. / BERLIOZ, H. / LALO, E. / SAINT-SAENS, C. / CHARPENTIER, G. / ROUSSEL, A. / DUPONT, G.E.X. (Wolff) Timpani
4C4024
Orchestral
PALSSON, Hans: I Doda Mastares Sallskap, Vol. 4 Naxos
8.553934
Instrumental
PAPERNO, Dmitry: Piano Recital Cedille
CDR90000-074
Instrumental
PIANO MUSIC FOR STUDENTS - Associated Board Piano Examination, Grades 1-7 (1994) Marco Polo
AB-80101
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Lewin, Michael - RAMEAU, J.-P. / HOFMANN, J. / GRIFFES, C. / MACDOWELL, E. / MESSIAEN, O. / GRIEG, E. / GRANADOS, E. (If I Were a Bird) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92103
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Paperno, Dmitry - SCARLATTI, D. / CZERNY, C. / MOSZKOWSKI, M. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / RACHMANINOV, S. (The Virtuoso Paperno) Cedille
CDR3003
Instrumental
PRIMROSE, William: Recital, Vol. 1 (1939-47) Naxos Historical
8.111382
Chamber Music
RACHMANINOV, S.: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini / PROKOFIEV, S.: Piano Sonata No. 7 / STRAVINSKY, I.: Petrushka (Cherkassky, Macal) (1951-1970) ICA Classics
ICAC5020
Instrumental
RAMEAU / FRESCOBALDI / NORGARD / BERGMAN: Aspects on Harpsichord BIS
BIS-CD-68
Instrumental
RAMEAU, J.P.: Boreades (Les) (Paris National Opera, 2003) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0899D
Opera DVD
RAMEAU, J.-P.: Castor et Pollux (DNO, 2008) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0999D
Opera DVD
RAMEAU, J.-P.: Dardanus / Le temple de la Gloire (Lamon) Tafelmusik
TMK1012CD
Orchestral
RAMEAU, J.-P.: Harpsichord Works (Complete) (Vinikour) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92154
Instrumental
RAMEAU, J.P.: Hippolyte et Aricie (Glyndebourne, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7150D
Opera DVD
RAMEAU, J.P.: Hippolyte et Aricie (Glyndebourne, 2013) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1143D
Opera DVD
RAMEAU, J.P.: Indes galantes (Les) (Paris National Opera, 2003) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0923D
Opera DVD
RAMEAU, J.-P.: Keyboard Music (A Basket of Wild Strawberries) (Barto) Ondine
ODE1067-2
Instrumental
RAMEAU, J.-P.: Operas (11 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1052BD
Opera DVD, Classical Concert, Opera DVD, Classical Concert, Opera DVD
RAMEAU, J.P.: Paladins (Les) (Chatelet, 2004) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0938D
Opera DVD
RAMEAU, J.-P.: Pieces de clavecin en concerts (London Baroque) BIS
BIS-CD-1385
Chamber Music
RAMEAU, J.-P.: Pieces de clavecin en concerts (Parry, Mitchell, Cuckston) Naxos
8.550464
Chamber Music
RAMEAU, J.-P.: Platée (Paris National Opera, 2002) (Blu-ray) Arthaus Musik
108132
Opera DVD
RAMEAU, J.-P.: Platee (Paris National Opera, 2002) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107335
Opera DVD
RAMEAU, J.P.: Zoroastre (Drottningholm Court Theatre, 2006) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0973D
Opera DVD
RAMEAU, J-P.: In Convertendo Dominus (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0956D
Classical Concert
RAMEAU: Amants trahis (Les) / Aquilon et Orithie / Thetis / Air a boire / CAMPRA: Les Femmes BIS
BIS-CD-1495
Vocal
RAMEAU: Anacreon / Daphnis et Egle Naxos
8.553746
Orchestral
RAMEAU: Castor et Pollux Naxos
8.660118-19
Opera
RAMEAU: Harpsichord Music Vol. 2 Amadis
7157
Instrumental
RAMEAU: Harpsichord Music, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.553047
Instrumental
RAMEAU: Harpsichord Music, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.553048
Instrumental
RAMEAU: Harpsichord Music, Vol. 1 Amadis
7156
Instrumental
RAMEAU: Harpsichord Suites / Nouvelles suites Naxos
8.550463
Instrumental
RAMEAU: La naissance d'Osiris / Abaris ou les Boreades Naxos
8.553388
Orchestral
RAMEAU: Operatic Arias for Haute-contre Naxos
8.557993
Opera, Vocal, Opera
RAMEAU: Pieces de Clavecin / Cinq Pieces / La Dauphine Naxos
8.550465
Instrumental
RAMEAU: Pigmalion, Platee and Dardanus Ballet Suites Naxos
8.557490
Ballet
RAMEAU: Platee (Paris Opera, 2002) (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-OPPLT
Opera DVD
REBEL, J.F.: Elemens (Les) / RAMEAU, J.P.: Castor et Pollux Suite (L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra, Gaigg) Phoenix Edition
Phoenix110
Orchestral
ROMANTIC VIOLIN FAVOURITES Naxos
8.550125
Chamber Music
ROMANTIC VIOLIN FAVOURITES Naxos
8.550125DX
Chamber Music
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1944 American Recordings (The) (Segovia, Vol. 1) Naxos Historical
8.111087
Instrumental
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1950s American Recordings, Vol. 4 (Segovia, Vol. 6) Naxos Historical
8.111092
Instrumental
Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens, Vol. 5 Naxos
8.572382
Chamber Music
TASTE OF THE ARTS, VOL. 3 (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0211D
Classical Concert
UNGER-HAMILTON, C.: Discover Music of the Baroque Era (Unabridged) Naxos AudioBooks
NA495912
Instrumental, Orchestral
UNITED STATES CONTINENTAL ARMY BAND: Trade Winds Altissimo
75442262292
Chamber Music




 
 
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