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RAMEAU, J-P.: In Convertendo Dominus (NTSC)



RAMEAU, J-P.: In Convertendo Dominus (NTSC)


Nicolas Rivenq, Sophie Daneman, Jeffrey Thompson, Olga Pitarch Orchestra and Chorus of Les Arts Florissants / William Christie

Picture Format: 16:9 Anamorphic
Sound Format: DTS Surround / LPCM Stereo
Menu languages: EN
Running Time: 91 mins
Region Code: All regions
Subtitle: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

Cat. No: OA 0956 D

Jean-Philippe Rameau was still a young musician when he moved to Lyon, where he probably composed his few surviving motets, including the Grand Motet In Convertendo, here performed by Les Arts Florissants under William Christie, which anticipates Rameau’s orchestration in his later operatic works. The wonderful fugue on Psalm 126 (verse 6) Euntes ibant et flebant (They went forth and wept) bears comparison with similar works by his contemporary, J. S. Bach.

In addition to a full performance of In Convertendo, this DVD presents some of Rameau’s key chamber music pieces and an insightful music documentary, The Real Rameau, which sheds light on the life of a composer who thought only of music, dreaming of a universal harmony and regarding music as an example to all the arts and, indeed, to all the sciences as well. Pictured by his contemporaries as a gaunt and taciturn man, ill-suited to courtly surroundings, his work was described by Berlioz as ‘one of the most sublime conceptions of dramatic music’.

‘These motets contain gorgeous music: they are to some degree concert music as much as religious music, and indeed the version of In Convertendo that has survived is the revised one for the Concert Spirituel. Lengthy orchestral parts, ravishing solos accompanied by flutes, occasional interludes with oboes and bassoons, make a lot of the music lyrical, if not elegiac.’

Rameau, Jean-Philippe

Christie, William

Arts Florissants, Les

Cohen-Akenine, Patrick; Daneman, Sophie; David, Nima Ben; Martin, Beatrice; Pitarch, Olga; Rivenq, Nicolas; Saitta, Serge; Thompson, Jeffrey

Label: Opus Arte

Genre: Classical Concert

Period: Baroque

Catalogue No: OA0956D

Barcode: 809478009566

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Release Date: 07/2006

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