Rameau's Castor and Pollux from the Berlioz Opera House

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

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When Jean-Philippe Rameau died (1683-1764), a French periodical praised the composer as "the God of Harmony," and in retrospect that's easy to understand. In the era between the seminal dramas of Monteverdi and the revolutionary works of Mozart, few composers wrote more brilliant operas than Rameau. Castor and Polluxis is among his finest.

On this edition of World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Rameau's Castor and Pollux from the Berlioz Opera House at the Montpellier Festival in France. Tenor Colins Ainsworth and baritone Florian Sempey sing the title roles, in a production led by conductor Raphaël Pichon.

Cast:
Castor: Colin Ainsworth (tenor)
Pollux: Florian Sempey (baritone)
Télaire: Emmanuelle de Negri (soprano)
Phoebe: Clémentine Margaine (mezzo-soprano) 
Cléone: Sabine Devieilhe (soprano)
Jupiter: Christian Immler (bass-baritone)
High Priest : Virgile Ancely (baritone)
Mercury: Philippe Talbot (tenor)

Pygmalion Ensemble Raphaél Pichon, conductor

Comments [1]

Sanford Rothenberg from Brooklyn

The relative neglect of Rameau's operas reflects the position of music of the French Baroque,lagging in popularity behind its German and Italian contemporaries.Particularly in this anniversary year,productions of "Castor et Pollux","Hippolyte et Aricie",and "Zoroastre",to name only three,would be most welcome.

Sep. 28 2014 02:39 AM

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