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RAMEAU: Castor et Pollux


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RAMEAU: Castor et Pollux

Rameau revised his 1737 opera Castor et Pollux in 1754, at the height of the raging debate, the so-called Querelle des Bouffons, over the relative merits of French and Italian opera. Long regarded as Rameau’s crowning achievement, it won immediate popular success, not only striking a significant blow for French music over Italian music but for the supporters of Rameau who looked to him to take over Lully’s mantle as composer of the French national style. Whereas the operas of Lully had been limited to simple subjects based around romantic love, Rameau took French opera to a greater level of complexity both in subject matter and in musical style. With its wider emotional range and dissonant harmonies, Castor et Pollux is a tense drama of brotherly and romantic love that brings its own heroic rescue of Castor from the Underworld, as Pollux encounters the devils and monsters that try to bar his way.

Disc 1

Rameau, Jean-Philippe
Bernard, Pierre-Joseph, lyricist(s)

  Castor et Pollux
1.   Overture 00:04:05
2.   Act I Scene 1: (Cleone, Phebe) 00:05:26
3.   Act I Scene 2: (Telaire) 00:02:51
4.   Act I Scene 3: (Castor, Telaire, Pollux) 00:05:23
5.   Act I Scene 4: (Choeur des Spartiates) 00:02:04
6.   Act I Scene 4: Air tres pointe, deux menuets 00:04:48
7.   Act I Scene 4: Ariette (Castor) 00:03:11
8.   Act I Scene 4: Deux gavottes 00:03:39
9.   Act I Scene 4: Deux tambourines 00:02:29
10.   Act I Scene 5: Entr'acte (Un Spartiate, Castor, Pollux, Choeur, Combat, Telaire) 00:02:00
11.   Act II Scene 1: (Troupe de Spartiates) 00:03:24
12.   Act II Scene 2: Tristes apprets (Telaire) 00:05:12
13.   Act II Scene 3: (Telaire, Phebe) 00:02:11
14.   Act II Scene 4: March (Pollux, Choeur) 00:03:25
15.   Act II Scene 5: (Pollux, Telaire) 00:04:47
16.   Act II Scene 5: Air pour les athletes 00:02:52
17.   Act II Scene 5: Air tres gai 00:02:58
18.   Act III Scene 1: Ritournelle et Air (Pollux) 00:03:34
19.   Act III Scene 2: (Le Grand Pretre, Pollux, Jupiter) 00:01:48
20.   Act III Scene 3: Descente de Jupiter (Pollux, Jupiter) 00:05:56

Disc 2

Rameau, Jean-Philippe
Bernard, Pierre-Joseph, lyricist(s)

  Castor et Pollux
1.   Act III Scene 4: Entree d'Hebe (Choeur des Plaisirs Celestes) 00:02:49
2.   Act III Scene 4: Recitative (Pollux, Choeur des Suivantes d'Hebe) 00:01:29
3.   Act III Scene 4: (Une suivante d'Hebe) 00:02:46
4.   Act III Scene 4: Recitative (Pollux); Air gracieux (Hebe) 00:03:13
5.   Act III Scene 4: Gavotte 1 & 2; Recitative (Pollux) 00:03:02
6.   Act IV Scene 1: Prelude (Phebe, Choeur des Esprits) 00:02:55
7.   Act IV Scene 2: Descente de Mercure (Mercure, Pollux, Phebe) 00:01:51
8.   Act IV Scene 2: (Phebe, Cleone, Pollux, Choeur et Air des Demons) 00:05:39
9.   Act IV Scene 3: (Phebe) 00:01:11
10.   Act IV Scene 4: (Castor) 00:04:20
11.   Act IV Scene 4: (Choeur des Ombres Heureuses) 00:02:47
12.   Act IV Scene 4: Menuet (Une Ombre) 00:02:01
13.   Act IV Scene 4: Passepied 1 & 2, Choeur derriere le theatre 00:02:05
14.   Act IV Scene 5: (Castor, Pollux); Gavottes 00:09:59
15.   Act V Scene 1: Ritournelle (Telaire, Castor) 00:04:24
16.   Act V Scene 2: (Telaire, Castor, Choeur) 00:01:22
17.   Act V Scene 3: (Telaire, Castor) 00:01:58
18.   Act V Scene 3: Tonnerre (Telaire, Castor) 00:03:12
19.   Act V Scene 4: (Jupiter, Castor, Pollux, Telaire) 00:02:12
20.   Act V Scene 5: (Jupiter) 00:01:13
21.   Act V Scene 5: Chaconne 00:04:51
22.   Act V Scene 5: Ariette gracieus (Castor, Choeur) 00:03:20

Total Playing Time: 02:20:42

Rameau, Jean-Philippe

Bernard, Pierre-Joseph

Mallon, Kevin

Aradia Ensemble

Ainsworth, Colin; Hall, Meredith; Hopkins, Joshua; McMillan, Brian; Tomkins, Giles; Whicher, Monica; Winick, Renee

Label: Naxos

Series: Opera Classics

Genre: Opera

Period: Baroque

Catalogue No: 8.660118-19

Barcode: 0730099611824

Physical Release: 01/2004

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