Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Anacréon (1754)

Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212040225
Catnr: SIGCD 402
Release date: 05 February 2016
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212040225
Catalogue number
SIGCD 402
Release date
05 February 2016

""Rameau deserves the best of the best!""

Tijdschrift Oude Muziek, 01-10-2016
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About the album

Jean-Philippe Rameau wrote two complete Anacréons, both of them a one-act acte de ballet, but with two different plots and librettos. Anacréon (1754) had a successful premiere followed by some performances in Paris after the composer’s death, and then fell into oblivion for almost 250 years. From fragmented manuscripts scattered through Paris’s libraries the work was subsequently reconstructed by Dr. Jonathan Williams and published. Dr. Williams leads this world premiere recording, joined by a leading cast of soloists and the Orchestra and Choir of the Age of Enlightenment.

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment presenteert een hoogstaande uitvoering van Rameau’s Anacréon onder leiding van Jonathan Williams
Rameau componeerde twee opera's met de naam Anacréon. Beide zijn ééndelige actes-de-ballet, maar hebben compleet verschillende libretto's en plots. De ene componeerde Rameau in 1754 op een libretto van Louis de Cahusac, de ander componeerde hij in 1757 en baseerde hij op een boek van Gentil-Bernard voor de wederopbloei van het Comédie-ballet Les Surprises de l’Amour. Dit album presenteert de eerste versie van Anacréon (1754). Na de eerste uitvoering van het werk in 1754 in het prachtige kasteel van Fontainebleau, genoot Anacréon enig succes in Parijs voordat het na Rameau's dood 200 jaar lang vergeten werd. Jonathan Williams het werk gereconstrueerd door middel van gefragmenteerde manuscripten die verspreid waren over de bibliotheken van Parijs, en leidt zelf deze wereldpremière opname van The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment samen met vooraanstaande solisten.

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JONATHAN WILLIAMS The Director of College Music at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and a research fellow at Oxford’s Music Faculty, Jonathan Williams enjoys a wide-ranging freelance career working at the highest level as an orchestrator, conductor and teacher. He has worked with groups such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Concert Orchestra, English National Ballet, English Chamber Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, - 32 - Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, and the University of London Choir and Orchestra.

He has taught Orchestration at Oxford since 1992 and his work as composer/orchestrator can be heard on award-winning soundtracks recorded at Abbey Road for Sony, the BBC and SKY, most notably with Emmy award-winner Sean Callery (SKY’s 24) and for the Novello award-winning score for Sony’s video game Killzone 2. His doctoral research on the operas of JeanPhilippe Rameau has come to fruition in the Rameau Project. This major collaboration between Oxford University, the OAE, scholars, musicians and dancers is pioneering the reappraisal of Rameau’s opera in the UK, particularly in Rameau’s use of complex choreography.

The Project led the British celebrations of Rameau’s anniversary year in 2014 with the UK’s first international Rameau conference, numerous BBC broadcasts and the semi-staged performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall of three Rameau operas, all with the OAE and featuring Baroque choreography by Edith Lalonger. Also arising from the Rameau Project is this première recording of Anacréon, the first UK studio recording of a Rameau opera for 30 years.

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"Rameau deserves the best of the best!"
Tijdschrift Oude Muziek, 01-10-2016

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01.
Ritournelle
01:14
02.
Air accompagné: “Mirthes fleuris, naissant feuillage” (Anacréon): Scène 1
02:26
03.
Récitatif: “Vous nous cachez l’objet” (Chloé, Anacréon): Scène 2
04:49
04.
Air accompagné: “Tendre Amour!” (Chloé): Scène 3
03:03
05.
Récitatif: 'Ciel, c'est Batile... Hélas!' - Ariette: 'Des Zéphyrs, que Flore rappelle' - Récitatif: 'Dieux! vous pleurez!': Scène 4
03:42
06.
Air accompagné: “Mille fleurs parfument les airs” (Chloé) Récitatif: “Dieux ! ces chants ne sont pas pour moi” (Batile, Chloé): Scène 4
02:33
07.
Air accompagné avec chœur: “Régnez” (Anacréon, jeunes Théoniens et Théoniennes): Scène 5
00:46
08.
Airs Vifs 1 & 2 pour les jeunes Théoniens et Théoniennes: Scène 5
02:47
09.
Air accompagné: “Des caprices du sort” (Anacréon): Scène 5
01:37
10.
Air pour les jeunes Théoniennes: Scène 5
03:01
11.
Récitatif: “C’est lorsque vous chantez” (Anacréon, Chloé, Batile): Scène 5
02:37
12.
Ariette: “Qu’Anacréon dans ce séjour” (Batile): Scène 5
01:13
13.
Air pour les Bacchantes: Scène 6
02:11
14.
Gavottes 1 & 2 pour les Égipans et les Bacchantes: Scène 6
02:25
15.
Ariette: “Quand l’Amour enflamme nos cœurs” (Chloé): Scène 6
02:23
16.
Pantomime pour Silène et deux Bacchantes: Scène 6
01:46
17.
Airs 1 & 2 pour Silène et deux Bacchantes: Scène 6
01:30
18.
Ariette: “L’Amour, riant et sans bandeau” (Chloé): Scène 6
03:28
19.
Tambourins 1 & 2 : Scène 6
02:00
20.
Trio: “Chantons Bacchus” (Chloé, Batile, Anacréon): Scène 6
01:00
21.
Chœur: “Chantons Bacchus” (Chloé, Batile, Anacréon, Égipans et Bacchantes): Scène 6
01:34
22.
Contredanse: Scène 6
02:11
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