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David Vickers
Gramophone, October 2014


José Montalvo’s livewire staging uses multimedia and dancing (street dance/classical ballet fusion) to affectionately narrate this fable. Jiggling full-frontal nudity from dancers may not be for everyone, but there is fantastic comedy, and exceptional singing from the young paladin Atis (Topi Lehtipuu), his beloved Argie (Stéphanie d’Oustrac), her cowardly gaoler Orcan (Laurent Naouri) and her confidante Nérine (Sandrine Piau). © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Giv Cornfield, Ph.D
The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics, October 2006

Here we have (to quote the notes) "Baroque that Rocks" - the last laugh of the 77 year-old Rameau 'blending reality and the surreal on several levels'. This is a multi-media production in surround-sound of the masterpiece based on a fable by Lafontaine. Stage designer and choreographer Jose Montalvo allowed his fertile imagination to run wild, with (almost) no holds barred. There are elephants, camels, lions and other imaginary creatures scurrying across a multi-level split screen, followed by Metro trains and what looks like half the cast of a Cirque de Soleil show: acrobats, contortionists, exotically-clad moors in simulated tribal dances, and all manner of trompe l'oeil computerised wizardry. In smaller print, there is an advisory regarding nudity (yes, that too). In describing this visual blizzard, I almost forgot the music, which is glorious and exhilarating. Conductor William Christie, the soloists and large orchestra all get into the spirit of things and turn in a splendid performance of this true baroque extravaganza.

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