"There was no puzzling, religious world-view to get in the way of a suite of Rameau's most delectable dances compiled by Minkowski. Here you could just enjoy the parade of colours and rhythms, played with amazing vividness and sparkling virtuosity." — Daily Telegraph (London), 2003
Une symphonie imaginaire is Minkowski's own collection of 17 orchestral pieces from 11 of Rameau's operas, compiled into a dramatic cycle that represents both the world of French Baroque dance music and the origins of French symphonic music. What emerges is a program that is as dramatic as it is delightful and easily accessible!
With this recording the musical universe of Rameau is captured in an entirely new program concept by one of the most popular interpreters of French Baroque music, Marc Minkowski. The dramatic cycle represents both the world of French Baroque dance music and the origins of French symphonic music. Minkowski's earlier recordings of music by Rameau, also with his Musiciens du Louvre, have received numerous critics' prizes including two Diapasons d'or and the Record Academy Prize of Tokyo.
Recorded live at the Theatre de Poissy, Salle Moliere, une 2003.
• 180g Vinyl
• Deluxe Color Gatefold Jacket with hinged middle insert
• Made in the E.U.
Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble
Marc Minkowski, conductor
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
Une Symphonie Imaginaire
"Zais", Pastorale heroique, 1748
"Castor et Pollux", Tragedie en musique, 1737
2. Scene funebre (Act II, scene 2)
"Les Fetes d'Hebe", Opera-ballet, 1739
3. Air tendre (Deuzieme Entree: La Musique, scene 5)