Couperin Rameau

Jordi Savall, Ton Koopman, Ariane Maurette - Francois Couperin - Pieces de violes - 1728 (2012) {Alia Vox AVSA9893}

Jordi Savall, Ton Koopman, Ariane Maurette - Francois Couperin - Pieces de violes - 1728 (2012) {Alia Vox AVSA9893}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 239 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 103 Mb
Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 344 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1975, 2012 Alia Vox | AVSA9893
Classical / Baroque / Chamber Music / Bass Viola da gamba / Harpsichord

This beautiful recording, once long out-of-print, is now remastered in high definition multi-channel hybrid SACD, and is the first album made by Jordi Savall for the Astrée label, now reissued on Alia Vox. With this rare 1975 disc, Savall confirmed François Couperin as a master composer for viola da gamba with affinities to the previous masters of French music. On the recording Mr. Savall plays an authentic 7-string bass viol, anonymously constructed in 17th century France. He is joined by musicians Ton Koopman playing a Gilbert des Ruisseaux harpsichord built in the late 17th century and Ariane Maurette playing a Barak Norman bass viol constructed in London in 1697. Couperin’s music for these colorful instruments is marvelous, contemplative and beguiling. The highly collectible album, a must-have of the Savall oeuvre, is now available again and features a very informative booklet.
Jordi Savall & Hesperion XX - Couperin - Les Nations, 1726 (1986) [2CD] {2000 Naive-Astree Remaster}

Jordi Savall & Hesperion XX - Couperin - Les Nations, 1726 (1986) [2CD] {2000 Naive-Astree Remaster}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 631 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 262 Mb
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© 2000 Auvidis France / Naïve / Astrée | ES 9956
Classical / Baroque / Chamber Music

Original released by Auvidis France in 1986. This reissue released by Auvidis-Naïve in 2000 (ES 9956). Couperin places himself between the Italian and French musical styles of his day to create something rather greater than either. For the most part early works, these sonatas with dance suites combine the style of Lully and Louis XIV's court with Corelli's brilliance: the result is a Grand Tour of the high Baroque, given, s'il vous plait, with a French accent. Savall's rendition, true to form, is dark, elegant, and supple. He assigns the trio-sonata texture to differing combinations of violins, oboes, and traversi, all with a large and inspired continuo group. Performers: Monica Huggett, Chiara Banchini, Ton Koopman, Hopkinson Smith, Stephen Preston, Ku Ebbinge &c. Highly recommended.

Rameau - Dardanus (Raphael Pichon) (2016) [BluRay-rip]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Jan. 18, 2017
Rameau - Dardanus (Raphael Pichon) (2016) [BluRay-rip]

Rameau - Dardanus (Raphaël Pichon) (2016) [BluRay-rip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 4972 kbps / 23.976 fps | 189 min | 8,59 Gb
Audio: French / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 16-bit
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | Sub: English, German, French

This video was recorded live at performances of the original version of 'Dardanus' (1739) given at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux in April 2015, in a production by Michel Fau and choreography by Christopher Williams. Raphaël Pichon, the Ensemble Pygmalion and a peerless line-up of soloists received unanimous acclaim from public and press alike. “van Mechelen rises splendidly to his major dramatic interventions and Florian Sempey as his rival Antenor is commanding and resonant. Michael Fau’s production with effective use of gesture and dance, and Emanuel Charles’s highly coloured, stately sets make for a very handsome visual presentation … Pygmalion provides vigorous and expert orchestral accompaniment, and Raphael Pichon’s assured direction secures superb coordination with the soloists and the firmly focused chorus.” (BBC Music Magazine)

Alexandre Tharaud - Domenico Scarlatti: 18 Sonatas (2011)  Music

Posted by Designol at Jan. 16, 2017
Alexandre Tharaud - Domenico Scarlatti: 18 Sonatas (2011)

Alexandre Tharaud plays Domenico Scarlatti: 18 Sonatas (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 252 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 5099964201603 | Time: 01:08:05

The biggest surprise on this wonderfully exuberant and exhilarating disc comes with the very first notes: the piano tone is rich and full, worlds away from the slightly distant, musical-box tone that is often thought appropriate for recordings of Domenico Scarlatti's sonatas on a modern concert grand. But as the soundworld suggests, Tharaud is totally unapologetic about playing these pieces – all originally composed for harpsichord even though the earliest fortepianos were in circulation in Scarlatti's time – on a piano. In the sleevenotes, Tharaud says that of the four baroque keyboard composers that he has recorded so far – Bach, Couperin, Rameau and now Scarlatti – it's the last whose music is most suited to this treatment. His selection of sonatas is chosen for maximum variety, with a group in which the Spanish inflections of flamenco and folk music can be heard, others in which he gets a chance to show some dazzling technique, alongside those in which the playfulness is replaced by profound introspection.

Rameau - Les Indes Galantes (Christophe Rousset) (2015)  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Jan. 12, 2017
Rameau - Les Indes Galantes (Christophe Rousset) (2015)

Rameau - Les Indes Galantes (Christophe Rousset) (2015)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 29940 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 169 min | 44,6 Gb
Audio1: French / DTS-HD / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3872 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | Alpha | Sub: German, English, French

The Baroque music ensemble Les Talens Lyriques, under Christophe Rousset's baton, performs Rameau's Les Indes galantes at the Opéra National de Bordeaux in a sensual and politically engaged production directed by Laura Scozzi, on the occasion of the festivities organized to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Jean-Philippe Rameau's death.
Couperin - Nouveaux Concerts (1976) (Brandis, Holliger, Nicolet, Ulsamer, Strehl)

Couperin - Nouveaux Concerts (1976) (Brandis, Holliger, Nicolet, Ulsamer, Strehl)
Classical | 2cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
Arkiv/Polydor, 459 484-2 | rel: 1999 | 720Mb

Unusually for Archiv Produktion, no details are given of the actual instruments used in this recording, but it is fairly obvious that (with the possible exception of the gambas) they are modern; and similarly, the style of articulation and the amount of string vibrato employed are probably not 'authentic'. For which I shed not a single tear.

Rameau - Platee (Marc Minkowski) [1990]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Dec. 17, 2016
Rameau - Platee (Marc Minkowski) [1990]

Rameau - Platée (Marc Minkowski) [1990]
Classical | Erato 2292-45028-2 | 1990 | TT: 135 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 753 Mb

Platée was one of the most highly regarded of Rameau's operas during his lifetime. It even pleased critics who had expressed hostility to his musical style during the Querelle des Bouffons (an argument over the relative merits of French and Italian opera). Melchior Grimm called it a "sublime work" and even Rameau's bitter enemy Jean-Jacques Rousseau referred to it as "divine". The reason for this praise may be because these critics saw Platée, a comic opera, paving the way for the lighter form of opera buffa they favoured.
Rameau - Hippolyte et Aricie (William Christie) (2014) [BluRay-rip]

Rameau - Hippolyte et Aricie (William Christie) (2014) [BluRay-rip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2762 kbps / 29,97 fps | 181 min | 4,08 Gb
Audio: French / AAC / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 448 kbps
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Korean

In Glyndebourne’s first-ever staging of a opera by Rameau, director Jonathan Kent presents a production which, in his own words, ‘strives to appeal to every sense and show audiences how engrossing and musically ravishing French Baroque opera can be’. Rameau’s inventive take on Racine’s great tragedy Phèdre is brought to life by Paul Brown’s colourful and elegant designs and Ashley Page’s playful choreography. Ed Lyon and Christiane Karg give captivating performances as the titular young lovers, while Sarah Connolly, making a welcome return to Glyndebourne, ‘invests Phaedra with both grandeur and a desperately human vulnerability’ (The Independent). Leading exponent of early music William Christie ‘sets an exhilarating pace, galvanising the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment to playing of tremendous panache’ (The DailyTelegraph).
Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Rameau - Ouvertures  (2007)

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Rameau: Ouvertures (2007)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:09:41 | 352 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: L'Oiseau-Lyre | Catalog: 4759107

Christophe Rousset's collection of overtures to 17 of Rameau's operas and opéra-ballets, played by his original instrument ensemble Les Talens Lyriques, won a 1998 Gramophone award for best Baroque non-vocal CD, and it's easy to hear why this outstanding performance was recognized. The ensemble plays with unflagging liveliness and brilliant, clean tone. The rhythmic vitality Rousset coaxes from his players is toe-tappingly engaging; at the same time, he maintains a fluidity that avoids metronomic rigidity. The tempos he takes sometimes have a breathtaking fleetness that leaves the listener marveling at the players' virtuosity. The overtures are mostly brief, usually four or five minutes long, but they each contain a world of volatility and drama. Many of them are wonderfully eccentric, with startling juxtapositions and exotic orchestral combinations that keep them from ever settling into any kind of easy predictability.
Francois Couperin - Les Concerts Royaux (2005) (Jordi Savall)

Francois Couperin - Les Concerts Royaux (2005) (Jordi Savall)
Classical | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
Alia Vox, AV9840 | rec: 2004 | 400Mb

Composed for the Sunday concerts of the aging Louis XIV, François Couperin's Concerts Royaux are as good as it gets for French Baroque chamber music. The lightness, the tenderness, the elegance, the etherealness, and, above all, the endearing poetry and enduring musicality of Couperin's works are as ingratiating today as they were 300 years ago. This is particularly true in this AliaVox recording by the international Le Concert des Nations led by bass violist Jordi Savall.