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RAMEAU Nais. Purcell Choir, Orfeo Orchestra / Gyorgy Vashegyi. Glossa 2cds

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Rameau Nais Purcell Choir Orfeo Orchestra Gyorgy Vashegyi Glossa 2Cds

Rameau - Nais

CD I
Prologue
Acte I

CD II
Acte II
Acte III

Chantal Santon-Jeffery – Naïs
Reinoud Van Mechelen – Neptune
Florian Sempey – Jupiter, Tirésie
Thomas Dolié – Pluton, Télénus
Manuel Nuñez-Camelino – Astérion
Daniela Skorka – Flore, une Bergère
Philippe-Nicolas Martin – Palémon
Márton Komáromi – Protée
Purcell Choir
Orfeo Orchestra / György Vashegyi

György Vashegyi’s love affair with French Baroque repertoire continues with Rameau’s Naïs from 1749 in a Glossa release complete with a characteristically appealing design. Subtitled “Opéra pour la paix” (its prologue, at least, commemorates the 1748 Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle), Naïs features demanding and extended leading roles for soprano Chantal Santon-Jeffery (Naïs) and high tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen (Neptune), ably assisted by Florian Sempey and Thomas Dolié, in an everyday eighteenth-century tale of a lovesick god in disguise, a misinterpreted prophecy and an alternative version of the Olympic Games (the score demands much from the chorus and Vashegyi’s refined Purcell Choir is up to the mark). Turn to Pascal Denécheau’s booklet essay for more about the opera and its context.

Rameau was a master orchestrator, no more so than in this pastorale heroïque, stuffed full of ballets figurés, airs, minuets, rigaudons and tambourins, and with his Orfeo Orchestra – led by the peerless Simon Standage – Vashegyi harnesses the music’s graphic and dramatic energy, complete with giants toppling off mountains, tidal waves swamping jilted lovers, underwater palaces, bucolic scenes (which include that characteristic French Baroque instrument, the musette – here played by Patrick Blanc), and even a chaconne for wrestlers…

Glossa 2cds GCD924003

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