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Rameau: Operas (Version française) [Import]

William Christie , Christophe Rousset    DVD

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Product Information July 31 2012
By Y.P. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This box set of 6 Opus Arte Rameau DVDs:

Rameau - Les Boreades (Paris)
Rameau - Les Indes Galantes (Paris)
Rameau - Les Paladins (Chatelet, Paris)
Rameau - Castor Et Pollux (DNO, Amsterdam)
Rameau - Zoroastre (Drottningholm Palace Theatre, Stockholm)
Rameau - Motet 'In Convertendo' · Pièces de Clavecin en concert / documentary 'The Real Rameau' (2004) (Saint-Louis des Invalides Church, Paris)

The performances are very enjoyable. Musically you know they are in the right hands when they are directed by redoutable William Christie and Christophe Rousset and performed by their own bands using period instruments. The musicians (vocalists and instrumentalists) are obviously in tune with the French Baroque style. The staging are all "modern" and imaginative, although I'd wish to have some "modern re-imagination" of the "period theater", like the splendid Lully: Atys [Blu-ray], which is my favorite French Baroque video by a very big margin.

The perspective buyers can find detailed reviews of the individual release at the above links. They are at this moment the only DVDs available for the pieces. Note however Zoroastre (the same performance) is also available in the Blu-Ray format: Rameau: Zoroastre [Blu-ray], which has sharper image and better sound tracks, revealing more delicious details of the performance.

I am surprised that nobody has written any comments on this page. -- I recommended this box set to a friend more than a year ago, and he was delighted with the purchase. I think you will be too.

Strongly recommended.
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P.S. If you like this box set, you will like Platee DVD as well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rameau Operas Boxed Set Feb. 15 2013
By Douglas G. Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn't read the description closely, so was surprised when it turned out to be DVDs of actual performances, not just CDs, I was doubly delighted. Another happy note: "Les Boreades" is the first Rameau opera I bought, but it came without a libretto because of a copyright holder's quibble over sums. The DVD comes with an assortment of subtitles, so, for the first time, I was able to follow the opera with more than a synopsis.

I still have all the other operas in the set to watch. It isn't something you just sit down and make a marathon of. Most I've never heard in complete form, just bits and pieces on compilation albums or albums featuring a particular artist. While those bits and pieces albums give a sense of what to expect in an opera- and are often how I finalize a decision to buy a set if I'm unfamiliar with a work - there is nothing that takes the place of the whole. I look forward to working my way through the rest of the boxed set!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Sept. 28 2012
By Werner Reynecke - Published on Amazon.com
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The collections is superb. The performances are well filmed, the camera angles are well chosen. Also, the sound quality of the DVDs are excellent and the subtitle are clear. This collections has reignited my obession with baroque opera.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Music March 27 2014
By Bob K - Published on Amazon.com
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I am very new to Rameau's music, and these operas collectively stunned me with the musical quality and elaborate productions. Personally, I prefer the French productions to the Dutch productions, but the music is all fantastic. There are also nice extras with information on Rameau, the operas, and the staging choices.

As a newbie, I would recommend starting with Les Indes Galantes, but buy the box set since all the productions are worthwhile and the price for the package is definitely worth it. The video and audio are first rate as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rich French Meal Oct. 22 2013
By Kiwimezzo - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent compilation of Rameau's operas. The varying interpretations make for enjoyable viewing, and in each case, musically immaculate. I would definitely recommend these, especially for someone wishing to get a handle on this extraordinary and beautiful music.
'Les Boreades' is particularly evocative.

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