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  • Performer: European Union Bqe Orc, Goodman
  • Composer: Rameau
  • Audio CD (Sept. 20 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ncl
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1. Ouverture
2. Air Pantomime
3. Air De Ballet
4. Orage
5. Air Pour Des Fous Gais Et Des Fous Tristes
6. Menuets I & II
7. Rigaudons I & II
8. Ouverture
9. Les Differents Caracteres De La Danse (Gracieusement, Air Tres Lent, Gavotte Lent, Menuet, Gavotte Gaie, Chaconne Vive, Loure Tres Grave, Passepiet Vif, Rigaudon Vif)
10. Sarabande Pour La Statue/Tambourin (For Et Vite)
11. Marche
12. Pantomime Niaise Et Un Peu Lente/Deuxieme Pantomime Tres Vite
13. Air Gracieux Et Gai Et Contredanse
14. Ouverture
15. Marche Pour Les Differentes Nations
16. Menuet
17. Tambourins I & II
18. Rigudons I & II
19. Entree D'Iphise
20. Air Gay En Rondeau
See all 24 tracks on this disc

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Ballet Suites

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c2c9528) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c652fd8) out of 5 stars Utter enchantment Oct. 31 2005
By Steven Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD three weeks ago in Melbourne and I have been playing almost every day ever since. I have many recordings of Rameau's operas and orchestral music and I bought this one out of sheer curiosity. I assumed it would be an attractive recording and I hoped it would have some nice surprises in store for me.

I was more than pleasantly surprised, I was/am utterly enchanted by this wonderful recording by the European Union Baroque Orchestra. Perhaps it is Roy Goodman's direction? Perhaps it is the fact that this band consists of young and enthusiastic musicians?

The music is, of course, all very exciting and beautiful - it is the great genius Jean-Philippe Rameau we're talking about here! The orchestra is not too large and not too small.

The music is played with great style, feeling and expressiveness. The rhythmic aspects of Rameau's music are brought out in a very tasteful and potent way.

Further evidence of the fact that Rameau is THE MAN! - and a very good debut on NAXOS from the European Union Baroque Orchestra. I hope we see many more recordings of this nature from this ensemble. More Rameau would be nice.

I would like to warmly recommend this delightful current recording to all music lovers.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c654048) out of 5 stars Rameau Orchestral Suites Nov. 23 2007
By Robin Friedman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Jean Phillipe-Rameau (1683 -- 1764) turned to the composition of opera at the age of 50. For the remaining 30 years of his long life, he produced a succession of masterworks. The conventions of French opera have, until recently, discouraged the full staging of his works; but, fortunately his music can be explored through an increasing number of recordings.

Selections from Rameau's operas tend to focus on either the arias or on the instrumental interludes. An example of the former is the recent release (2007) on Naxos of the haute contre tenor Jean Fouchecourt performing a wide selection of works accompanied by the Opera Lafeyette, a period instrument ensemble from Washington D.C. conducted by Ryan Brown. This slightly earlier CD on Naxos (2005) which features Roy Goodman conducting the European Union Baroque Orchestra in a program of Rameau Orchestral Suites, might be viewed as a companion to the Fouchecourt CD. It includes orchestral suites derived from Rameau's operas Platee, Pigmalion, and Dardanus. The Fouchecort CD includes 5 arias from Platee together with an aria from Dardanus, thus giving the listener a good overview to these two works and to a sampling of several others.

As is virtually all the music of the French Baroque, the operas of Rameau are linked inextricably to the dance. Each of the three suites in this recording begins with an overture of about four minutes in length followed by a succession of dance movements. Rameau offers an excellent short overview of French dance in a selection called "Les differents caractieres de la danse" from Pigmailon. In the scope of seven minutes, Rameau gives short examples of ten major French dance forms seamlessly linked together. This is an exquisite introduction to what Rameau's music has to offer. Many listeners may associate the French Baroque with classicism and with formal, cold elegance. Rameau is elegant indeed, but his music is full of harmonic daring, strong rhythms, imaginative orchestration, and a wide range of emotion. It is clasicissm with passion.

The 33 minute suite from Dardanus is the longest on this CD and the highlight of the recording. The opening selections consist of a tribute to the power of erotic love over human affairs, especially the brief "Marche pour les differentes nations" in which "Mortals of all states and ages" pay tribute to Cupid. A solo for piccolo is featured in the minuet, and the suite concludes with a masterly chaconne. The dance movements include rigaudons, minuets, tambourins, and rondeaus together with a slow scene on the power of sleep, "Someil de Dardanus".

The Opera Platee is a comedy in which Jupiter pretends to fall in love with a frog nymph who flatters herself that Jupiter's attentions are genuine. This opera has received some attention in recent years with Fouchecourt performing it for the New York City Opera. The orchestral suite on this CD includes a storm scene called "orage" an "Air for the happy fools and the sad fools" together with a selection of pantomines, minuets, and rigaudons.

Roy Goodman is among the finest conductors of early music, and I have enjoyed his recordings of Haydn symphonies with the Hanover Band. The ensemble on this CD, the European Union Baroque Orchestra, is formed anew every year by promising young baroque musicians at an early stage of their careers. The recordings on this CD date from 1999, 2001, and 2004, and thus offer the listener the opportunity to hear Goodman conduct three ensembles with essentially different performers.

The music and the performances on this budget-priced CD are a delight. Together with the CD of Rameau arias by Fouchecourt, this CD will open the world of Rameau operas to the listener.

Robin Friedman
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c654480) out of 5 stars Virtuosity and excitement Aug. 4 2007
By R. G. W. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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Real virtuosity and excitement throughout this beautifully crafted and recorded set of Rameau Ballet Suites. You can hear the pleasure with which Goodman and his team put this disc together. Just buy it.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c654468) out of 5 stars That's Rameau like it! Feb. 24 2009
By Codewarrior52 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I originally bought the album because one of Rameau's movements that I had heard once in a while that I really enjoyed. Considering the low price, I decided that I couldn't go wrong by puchasing the disc. When I listened to the CD, I was very pleased by the music and the performance as well. I can't imagine how this was scored for ballet. The tempo is fast as Vivaldi, yet lighter with a cadence more suited to a waltz or polka then ballet. Definitely a worthy addition to any lover of baroque music!
HASH(0x9c654828) out of 5 stars I'm beginning to enjoy Rameau's music more and more April 10 2016
By Kristen Rosales - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm beginning to enjoy Rameau's music more and more. The ballet suites are an excellent introduction for those who are not familiar with Rameau's music.