JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU (1683-1764): Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour.
Catalogue Number: 01U018
Description: This 1747 opéra-ballet was Rameau’s first exploration of the world of Egyptian mythology. Its libretto called for magic, gods and extraordinary natural effects to which he responded with one of his most comprehensively brilliant scores, blending a gallant and pastoral inspiration of extreme refinement with powerful vocal and orchestral writing. In his use of a fluid and continuous flow of music, in the theatrical deployment of choruses, and in the blurring of the distinction between recitatives and airs, Rameau entered a new and pioneering stage of development. The snaps from the 2014 live performance recorded here show lavish and colorful period (meaning Egyptian, not 18th-century French) costumes. Claire Debono, Ingrid Perruche (sopranos), Jeffrey Thompson (tenor), François Lis (bass), The New York Baoque Dance Company, The Seán Curran Company, Kalanidhi Dance, Opera Lafayette rchestra and Chorus. 16:9 format. NTSC all regions. PCM stereo. 148 min.