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Rameau is best known for his operas, yet he didn't write his first, Hippolyte et Aricie, until he was nearly 50. Donald Macleod investigates.

Rameau is best known for his operas, yet he didn't write his first one until he was nearly 50. The result, Hippolyte et Aricie, caused an absolute sensation. Donald Macleod investigates.

Hippolyte et Aricie (Act 1 excerpt)
Les Musiciens du Louvre
Marc Minkowski (conductor)

Hippolyte et Aricie (Act 2, Sc 2-5)
Aricie ...... Veronique Gens (soprano)
Hippolyte ...... Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (tenor)
Phèdre ...... Bernarda Fink (mezzo-soprano)
Diane ...... Therese Feighan (soprano)
L'Amour/Une Bergere/Une Matelote ...... Annick Massis (soprano)
Pluton/Neptune/Jupiter ...... Laurent Naouri (baritone)
Thesee ...... Russell Smythe (baritone)
Ensemble Vocal Sagittarius
Les Musiciens du Louvre
Marc Minkowski (conductor)

Castor et Pollux (Act 1, Sc 3)
Agnes Mellon (soprano)
Les Arts Florissants
William Christie (conductor)

Les Fetes d'Hebe (Act 3, Sc 7)
Iphise ...... Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)
L'oracle ...... Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (tenor)
Les Arts Florissants
William Christie (conductor).

1 hour

Music Played

  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Les Indes Galantes: Gavotte

    Performer: Christophe Rousset.
    • Ambroise AM152.
    • Ambroise.
    • 10.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    La Poupliniere

    Performer: Christophe Rousset. Performer: Ryo Terakado. Performer: Kaori Uemura.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Les Indes Galantes: Les Incas du Perou

    Singer: Bernard Deletré. Singer: Isabelle Poulenard. Singer: Jean-Paul Fouchécourt. Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Director: William Christie.
    • Harmonia Mundi 9091367/69.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 5.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin: Gavotte

    Performer: Mahan Esfahani.
    • Hyperion CDA 68071/2.
    • Hyperion.
    • 7.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Les Indes Galantes (extracts)

    Performer: Jordi Savall. Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations.
    • AliaVox AVSA 9882A/B.
    • AliaVox.
    • 7.

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