JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU (1683-1764): Naïs.
Catalogue Number: 04T019
Reference: GCD 924003
Description: Rameau was a master orchestrator, no more so than in this 1749 Pastorale heroïque, stuffed full of ballets figurés, airs, minuets, rigaudons and tambourins, complete with giants toppling off mountains, tidal waves swamping jilted lovers, underwater palaces, bucolic scenes (which include that characteristic French Baroque instrument, the musette), and even a chaconne for wrestlers. 2 CDs. French-English libretto. Chantal Santon-Jeffery (soprano), Reinoud Van Mechelen (high tenor), Florian Sempey, Thomas Dolié (baritones), Purcell Choir, Orfeo Orchestra; György Vashegyi.