RAMEAU: La naissance d'Osiris / Abaris ou les Boreades

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Jean-Philippe Rameau was born in Dijon in 1683, in a house which still stands at 5-7 Rue Vaillant. The seventh of eleven children, he was sent to study law, but spent so much time composing and singing that he was expelled from school! That was to prove a very shrewd move for the world of music, as he became one of the finest organists, harpsichordists and conductors of his time. His compositions were vast in numbers, spreading from keyboard music through to ballet and opera.

The two works on this disc are orchestral suites drawn from dramatic works written towards the end of his life, La Naissance dating from 1754, with Abaris composed in the last year or his life, and was never performed in the composers lifetime.

Neither would rank as part of his major output, but they do demonstrate the sheer craftsmanship of a composer who in his day was thought to rival Bach.

Neither work is receiving its first recording, but there is no other coupling, and to add to the authenticity we have the fine Hungarian original instrument group, Capella Savaria making their debut on the Naxos label.

Catalogue number 8553388
Barcode 0730099438827
Release date 12/01/1999
Category Baroque
Label Naxos Classics
Format CD
Number of discs 1
Composers Rameau, Jean-Philippe
Rameau, Jean-Philippe
Conductors Terey-Smith, Mary
Terey-Smith, Mary
Orchestras Savaria, Capella
Savaria, Capella
Producers Benedek, Tamas
Benedek, Tamas
Disc: 1
Abaris ou les Boreades
1 Overture
2 Musette
3 Premiere et deuxieme gavotte
4 Rondeau gracieux
5 Air de mussette
6 Premier et deuxieme tambourin
7 Air gracieux
8 Musette tendre
9 Marche gaye
10 Premiere et deuxieme gavotte
11 Air majesteux et gracieux
12 Air vif
13 Contredanse
14 Overture
15 Menuet
16 Allegro
17 Entree
18 Rondeau vif
19 Contradanse en rondau
20 Premier et deuxieme rigaudon
21 Gavotte pour les Fleures et les Zephirs
22 Premier et deuxieme contredanse
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