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    This arrived in the post this morning, and I couldn't resist taking a peek, even though I was short of time. So I watched the first 40 minutes or so. On this occasion my wife joined me (she's not so obsessed as I am about this sort of stuff), but even her balanced opinion after the 40 minutes was: 'What a privilege to be able to see this. It's like a time machine'. I can only concur. From the moment Christie walks to his place and begins, you know you're in for something special.

    The sets are stunningly vivid, the special effects delightful. During the Prologue, we're entertained (and I really mean entertained) by Hebe, played by the redoubtable Danielle de Niese, whose every facial expression and movement draws us into the action. By the end, I feel as if this were a private performance, into the secrets of which Hebe has initiated me. Europe having proved tiresome when it comes to love, we're off overseas to see how the others do it, and the sailing away overseas (in the first instance to Turkey) is done with such wit, such style, that I found myself laughing aloud.

    This is a winner through and through.

    For a glimpse of Big Chief Patricia Petibon, plus a short preview of the astounding finale with dancer Bill Christie, sex kitten Hebe, and a generally good time for all, see here. It was watching this clip that tipped me over the edge into buying this.

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    I wanted to buy the Rameau but I see that the're all region 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
    I wanted to buy the Rameau but I see that the're all region 1.
    ??? No, no Gaston - it's region-free. See here on Amazon - 'all-region'. (I bought mine from Caiman-USA.) Our player is region 2 only, and I assure you it plays wonderfully well. Grab your credit card and go for it!

    Here's a rave review on MusicWeb. ("It is no exaggeration to say that under the spell of Rivenq and Petibon, the final moments are unforgettable.")
    Last edited by Elgarian; Mar-14-2009 at 18:55. Reason: review link added

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elgarian View Post
    ??? No, no Gaston - it's region-free. See here on Amazon - 'all-region'. (I bought mine from Caiman-USA.) Our player is region 2 only, and I assure you it plays wonderfully well. Grab your credit card and go for it!
    Thanks for the info. I thought that because they are all American sellers that it would be region 1. Ok, I will buy a copy from this Caiman guy.

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    I've placed my order a minute ago. I can't wait to see it.

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    OK, there's a bit more dancing than I'd like, but that's just me. For the rest, this is indeed unforgettable, as the Gramophone reviewer said. It's true that there are a few dull bits here and there (usually when it tries for comic effect but veers towards panto). But in the main, it sweeps along so fast and with such exhilaration, that I found myself carried from section to section feeling each time that I hadn't really absorbed what had just gone. The highlight, surely, is the last Act, with the can't-take-your-eyes-off-her Patricia Petibon sweeping all before her, in 'Les Sauvages'. The final 20 minutes remind me of a firework display - you know how, after each burst of brilliant activity, there's a short lull - and then more, and more fireworks, each burst more surprising than the last? Well, it's like that. And all the while, Rameau winds up the music, until the relatively gentle, and curiously moving close, where Hebe brings all the main characters back on stage, one by one. Then, just when you think it's all over, Christie comes on stage and they all do an encore of the big hit Rameau tune, like an on-stage party. And oh, I wish I could have been there.

    Here's a bit of Youtube for anyone who missed it further up the thread:
    Les Indes Galantes finale
    Last edited by jhar26; Dec-25-2010 at 14:23.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elgarian View Post

    Wow!!! This is terrific entertainment, I must say. I enjoyed each act (or entrée) more than the one that preceded it, and I liked the first one just fine. Dull moments are few and far between in this long work and there is constant action and movement on that stage. I for one love the dancing and those last 15 minutes or so, well, the're a party - irrestistible.

    So, thank you Alan. I was already pretty familiar with Rameau's music (I have a few of his operas on cd) but I seriously doubt if I ever would have bought this DVD without your recommendation. I can't wait to see it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
    Wow!!!
    I was pretty sure you'd respond like that, but we can never be entirely sure about these things, and I'm relieved to find that this worked out so well for you too. My response is pretty much the same as yours - it just gets better at getting better, until the last 15 minutes, when it takes off into outer space really, doesn't it?

    Some of the comments in the interviews ('Swinging Rameau') are revealing too; Patricia Petibon has some interesting stuff to say about working with Les Arts Florissants, for instance, and almost everything Christie says is valuable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elgarian View Post
    Patricia Petibon has some interesting stuff to say about working with Les Arts Florissants
    She's a wonderful singer and a very charismatic performer.

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    I'll be watching this tonight, just started:



    Should be fun. I'll report later when I am able to form an opinion.

    OK, contrary to the general opinion, I didn't like it that much. There are the usual Rameau beautiful melodies, and some very funny moments (e.g., the toad interfering with the musicians in the orchestra), but overall I found it to be forgetable.
    Last edited by Almaviva; Oct-16-2010 at 11:43.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    I'll be watching this tonight, just started:



    Should be fun. I'll report later when I am able to form an opinion.

    OK, contrary to the general opinion, I didn't like it that much. There are the usual Rameau beautiful melodies, and some very funny moments (e.g., the toad interfering with the musicians in the orchestra), but overall I found it to be forgetable.
    Alma you are not alone in your asessment........
    I purchased this several years ago, same time as Christie's Les Indes and Les Palladins perhaps unfairly in direct comparison found it came up well short so I sold it......where those were fun visually exciting performances this was "euro trash" absurdity, much of the action takes place in bleacher seats I recall

    Yes buy a CD of music highlights but skip this DVD...........


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    I seriously can't wait for Les Indes Galantes to arrive... Seriously. I've been watching a few videos on Youtube over and over, and they are absolutely captivating; their love for this music is so obvious and infectious! I felt so much like joining the applause at the end of the Chaconne and a wide grin spread across my face when the director started dancing in the curtain call.

    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_nUt66IvIY[/YT]

    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCorWOX4FUY[/YT]
    You get a frog in your throat, you sound hoarse.

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    Default Rameau: Castor et Pollux on DVD

    I'm struggling with this one:



    I have never seen such ugly choreography in any opera or ballet DVD. You gotta see it to believe it, folks. The dancers seem to be fighting martial arts or giving flight attendant safety instructions. And the costumes don't help either. Ugh!

    I don't care for the visuals of this staging either. They are monotonous. I usually like minimalist stagings but this one just doesn't get it right.

    I don't know this opera on CD, maybe these are the correct tempi, but they feel too slow to me, at least in comparison to the other Rameau works that I know. Maybe they are slow and it's Rameau's fault, not the conductor's.

    The cast members are unattractive. Singing is OK but nothing special.

    I've watched acts I and II and almost fell asleep. I'm kind of dreading having to face acts III, IV, and V next.

    Again, unclear to me if it's Rameau's fault, or the producers' of this staging, but certainly this one is a lot more boring than the other three from Rameau that I know, Les Indes Galantes, Les Paladins, and Platée.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Well that was amazing fun in a Baroque meets hip hop kind of way. I think it is probably a very divisive production in that it is not in the least traditional, but then I don't think of Rameau as rooted in his epoch in the same way as I perceive Lully to be. Rameau's dance music is particularly infectious, and in this production the young energetic dancers perform sublimely. There is not a weak link amongst the singers, and the staging is endlessly inventive. There's a great review by Mike Birman on Amazon which goes into more detail - I'd concur with everything he says.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post


    Well that was amazing fun in a Baroque meets hip hop kind of way. I think it is probably a very divisive production in that it is not in the least traditional, but then I don't think of Rameau as rooted in his epoch in the same way as I perceive Lully to be. Rameau's dance music is particularly infectious, and in this production the young energetic dancers perform sublimely. There is not a weak link amongst the singers, and the staging is endlessly inventive. There's a great review by Mike Birman on Amazon which goes into more detail - I'd concur with everything he says.
    It is a definite winner.........

    I think many people have the much discussed Les Indes Galantes but have not purchased this, don't miss out on all the fun

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