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Rameau: Dardanus

By Ensemble Pygmalion

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By Ensemble Pygmalion, Raphael Pichon, Bernard Richter, Gaelle Arquez, Benoit Arnould, Joao Fernandes, Alain Buet, Sabine Devieilhe, Emmanuelle de Negri, and Romain Champion. By Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764). Classical. 2 listening CDs. Published by Alpha (NX.ALPHA964).

Item Number: NX.ALPHA964

Alpha presents the reissue of Ensemble Pygmalion's version of Dardanus, conducted by Raphael Pichon and recorded in the majestic acoustics of the Opera Royal at Versailles Palace. This set won multiple awards on its first release: 'Rameau, a flinty-hearted composer lacking in imagination? Rameau, a cold mathematician in his chord progressions and a severe draughtsman in his vocal lines? One need only listen, in Dardanus, to the melancholy laments of Princess Iphise, splendidly sung by the soprano Gaelle Arquez, to realise the treasures of tenderness and invention that still remained in the youthful heart of the fifty-six-year-old composer! . . . This version, which fills an important gap in the discography, possesses all the assets needed to speak to us today, and to last.' Gilles Macassar, Telerama.

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