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Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Indes galantes

By Jean-Claude Malgoire

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By Jean-Claude Malgoire. By Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764). Classical. Listening CDs, 3 discs. Published by Sony Music Entertainment (NX.88985338292).

Item Number: NX.88985338292

I know of no Rameau work more colourful, more melodious, more replete with inventive vitality, wrote Gramophone in reviewing this 1973 premiere recording of the French Baroque master's 1735 "heroic ballet" Les Indes galantes. "There is immense enthusiasm and spirit in this performance ... [and] some excellent singing ... Among the array of sopranos I was specially impressed by the full, bright ring of Rachel Yakar ... Anne-Marie Rodde: a good stylist and a clean, accurate voice, coping well with Rameau's florid detail ... The tenor Bruce Brewer is a real find for the lyrical French roles: his voice is very smooth and graceful ... In all, a set which no Rameau admirer should miss." Conducted by Rameau specialist Jean-Claude Malgoire, it is now being issued for the first time on CD.

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