JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU (1683-1764): Le Temple de la Gloire (World Premiere Recording of the original 1745 version).
Catalogue Number: 07U019
Label: Philharmonia Baroque
Description: Originally written to honor King Louis XV and commemorate the Battle of Fontenoy, the version of this ballet héroique that has been heard up until now is the second version which was substantially changed by Rameau to appease the King and Parisian tastes. Voltaire’s original libretto, used in these performances and recording, is a philosophical reform of opera: an allegory set around the idea of the temple of glory with moral and political overtones. 2 CDs. French-English libretto. Camille Ortiz, Gabrielle Philiponnet (sopranos), Atravazd Sargsyan, Aaron Sheehan (countertenors), Marc Labonnette, Philippe-Nicolas Martin (baritones), Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale; Nicholas McGegan.