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Rameau: Anacréon (1754)

Matthew Brook, Anna Dennis, Agustín Prunell-Friend, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Choir of the Enlightenment, Jonathan Williams

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Anacréon  
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Ritournelle
Jean-Philippe Rameau; Matthew Brook; Anna Dennis; Agustín Prunell-Friend; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Choir of the Enlightenment; Jonathan Williams
1:14
2
Scene 1: Air accompagné. “Mirthes fleuris, naissant feuillage”
Jean-Philippe Rameau; Matthew Brook; Anna Dennis; Agustín Prunell-Friend; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Choir of the Enlightenment; Jonathan Williams
2:26
3
Scene 2: Récitatif. “Vous nous cachez l’objet”
Jean-Philippe Rameau; Matthew Brook; Anna Dennis; Agustín Prunell-Friend; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Choir of the Enlightenment; Jonathan Williams
4:48
4
Scene 3: Air accompagné. “Tendre Amour!” (Chloé)
Jean-Philippe Rameau; Matthew Brook; Anna Dennis; Agustín Prunell-Friend; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Choir of the Enlightenment; Jonathan Williams
3:02
5
Scene 4: Récitatif. “Ciel, c’est Batile... Hélas!” – Ariette: “Des Zéphyrs, que Flore rappelle” – Récitatif: “Dieux! vous pleurez!”
Jean-Philippe Rameau; Matthew Brook; Anna Dennis; Agustín Prunell-Friend; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Choir of the Enlightenment; Jonathan Williams
3:42
6
Scene 4: Air accompagné. “Mille fleurs parfument les airs” – Récitatif: “Dieux ! ces chants ne sont pas pour moi”
Jean-Philippe Rameau; Matthew Brook; Anna Dennis; Agustín Prunell-Friend; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Choir of the Enlightenment; Jonathan Williams
2:32
7
Scene 5: Air accompagné avec chœur. “Régnez"
Jean-Philippe Rameau; Matthew Brook; Anna Dennis; Agustín Prunell-Friend; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Choir of the Enlightenment; Jonathan Williams
0:46
8
Scene 5: Airs Vifs 1 & 2 pour les jeunes Théoniens et Théoniennes
Jean-Philippe Rameau; Matthew Brook; Anna Dennis; Agustín Prunell-Friend; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Choir of the Enlightenment; Jonathan Williams
2:47
9
Scene 5: Air accompagné. “Des caprices du sort”
Jean-Philippe Rameau; Matthew Brook; Anna Dennis; Agustín Prunell-Friend; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Choir of the Enlightenment; Jonathan Williams
1:36
10
Scene 5: Air pour les jeunes
Jean-Philippe Rameau; Matthew Brook; Anna Dennis; Agustín Prunell-Friend; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Choir of the Enlightenment; Jonathan Williams
3:00
11
Scene 5: Récitatif. “C’est lorsque vous chantez”
Jean-Philippe Rameau; Matthew Brook; Anna Dennis; Agustín Prunell-Friend; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Choir of the Enlightenment; Jonathan Williams
2:37
12
Scene 5: Ariette. “Qu’Anacréon dans ce séjour”
Jean-Philippe Rameau; Matthew Brook; Anna Dennis; Agustín Prunell-Friend; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Choir of the Enlightenment; Jonathan Williams
1:12
13
Scene 6: Air pour les Bacchantes
Jean-Philippe Rameau; Matthew Brook; Anna Dennis; Agustín Prunell-Friend; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Choir of the Enlightenment; Jonathan Williams
2:11
14
Scene 6: Gavottes 1 & 2 pour les Égipans et les Bacchantes
Jean-Philippe Rameau; Matthew Brook; Anna Dennis; Agustín Prunell-Friend; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Choir of the Enlightenment; Jonathan Williams
2:24
15
Scene 6: Ariette. “Quand l’Amour enflamme nos cœurs”
Jean-Philippe Rameau; Matthew Brook; Anna Dennis; Agustín Prunell-Friend; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Choir of the Enlightenment; Jonathan Williams
2:24
16
Scene 6: Pantomime pour Silène et deux Bacchantes
Jean-Philippe Rameau; Matthew Brook; Anna Dennis; Agustín Prunell-Friend; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Choir of the Enlightenment; Jonathan Williams
1:45
17
Scene 6: Airs 1 & 2 pour Silène et deux Bacchantes
Jean-Philippe Rameau; Matthew Brook; Anna Dennis; Agustín Prunell-Friend; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Choir of the Enlightenment; Jonathan Williams
1:29
18
Scene 6: Ariette. “L’Amour, riant et sans bandeau”
Jean-Philippe Rameau; Matthew Brook; Anna Dennis; Agustín Prunell-Friend; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Choir of the Enlightenment; Jonathan Williams
3:28
19
Scene 6: Tambourins 1 & 2
Jean-Philippe Rameau; Matthew Brook; Anna Dennis; Agustín Prunell-Friend; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Choir of the Enlightenment; Jonathan Williams
1:59
20
Scene 6: Trio. “Chantons Bacchus”
Jean-Philippe Rameau; Matthew Brook; Anna Dennis; Agustín Prunell-Friend; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Choir of the Enlightenment; Jonathan Williams
1:00
21
Scene 6: Chœur. “Chantons Bacchus”
Jean-Philippe Rameau; Matthew Brook; Anna Dennis; Agustín Prunell-Friend; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Choir of the Enlightenment; Jonathan Williams
1:33
22
Scene 6: Contredanse
Jean-Philippe Rameau; Matthew Brook; Anna Dennis; Agustín Prunell-Friend; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Choir of the Enlightenment; Jonathan Williams
2:06
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    50:01
"Five Stars ... a must-have disc."
- Fanfare

"Five Stars ... more than an interesting rarity. Rather it is a valuable addition to the catalogue and Signum Records and especially Jonathan Williams, should be praised and thanked for bringing it to the attention of the listening public ... I also relished the recorded sound which helped to bring out every nuance of Rameau’s compositional style."
- MusicWeb International

"Four Stars ... scholarly ingenuity of Jonathan Williams ... shows how integrated research and performance have now become. The music here is well worth restoring: the instrumental dances full of burbling flutes, whooping horns and beating drums show Rameau as thoroughly contemporary in his vivid imagination ... an important landmark."
- The Guardian

Rameau wrote two operas called Anacréon with completely different music and plots: presented here is the first of the two, a setting of a libretto by Rameau's most frequent collaborator, Louis de Cahusac. Anacréon enjoyed some success in Paris after Rameau's death before becoming all but lost for over 200 years. From fragmented manuscripts scattered throughout the libraries of Paris, conductor Jonathan Williams reconstructed the work and now leads this world premiere recording featuring a cast of acclaimed soloists, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Choir of the Enlightenment.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Signum Records Studio Masters

Recorded in All Saints Church, East Finchley, London on 14th and 15th February 2014
Recording Engineer & Producer: Andrew Mellor
Recording Assistant: Claire Hay
Editing: Andrew Mellor & Claire Hay
Cover Image: iStock
Design and Artwork: Woven Design

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