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Anthony Lewis, English Chamber Orchestra, The St. Anthony Singers, Thurston Dart, Angela Hickey, Rob - Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie (CD DOUBLE (SLIMLINE CASE))

Anthony Lewis, English Chamber Orchestra, The St. Anthony Singers, Thurston Dart, Angela Hickey, Rob - Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie (CD DOUBLE (SLIMLINE CASE))
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Anthony Lewis, English Chamber Orchestra, The St. Anthony Singers, Thurston Dart, Angela Hickey, Rob - Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie (CD DOUBLE (SLIMLINE CASE))

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Anthony Lewis, English Chamber Orchestra, The St. Anthony Singers, Thurston Dart, Angela Hickey, Rob - Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie (CD DOUBLE (SLIMLINE CASE))

The first recording of Rameau's first opera.

Thanks to several Eloquence releases, the pioneering work of Anthony Lewis in the field of Baroque opera is now readily available: The Fairy Queen(482 7449) of Purcell, Handel's Semele(482 5055) and a compilation albums of Handel arias (482 4759) were all critically acclaimed at the time of their original release in the 1950s and 60s, and they have gained a new and appreciative audience through the new Eloquence remasterings. Further Lewis reissues are forthcoming.

As director of an annual series of staged operas at the Barber Institute in the University of Birmingham, Lewis conveyed to first a local audience, and then a more international one with these Decca and Argo recordings, that Baroque opera should no longer be the preserve of scholars butcontained as much lively and powerful drama as the works of Mozart and Puccini.

Rameau's place in the pantheon of Baroque composers alongside Bach and Handel is now assured, but only thanks to the persuasiveforce and intensity of recordings such as Hippolyte et Aricie, which was made in Decca's West Hampstead studios in July 1965, a few months after the Barber Institute staging. The plot describes Phaedra's incestuous love for her son Hippolytus, his equally hopeless love for Aricia and much violent divine intervention and retribution.

Even the usually sober Grovedictionary praises it as 'a powerful and committed performance'. In fact this Classical-themed tragedy never enjoyed the reputation of other stage works by Rameau during his lifetime, but it is now recognised (again, not least, thanks to Lewis's efforts) as one of the peaks of the composer's output.

'A model of how Baroque music ought to be revived, being stylish without pedantry, passionate without excess … this performance does almost everything that can be done for the music.' Musical Times, May 1966

'Instrumental and choral work is a constant source of pleasure … Dart's contribution at the harpsichord is immeasurably inventive and expressive ... the players convey a sense of truly enjoying themselves.' High Fidelity, July 1966

Tracklistings:

JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU (1683–1764)

Hippolyte et Aricie

Aricie-Angela Hickey

Hippolyte -Robert Tear

High Priestess -Sylvia Rhys-Thomas

Phèdre-Janet Baker

Œnone-Patricia Blans

Diane -Rae Woodland

Arcus -Edgar Fleet

Thésée-John Shirley-Quirk

Pluto -Roger Stalman

Fate I -John Whitworth

Fate II -Keith Erwen

Fate III -John Noble

Mercury -Nigel Rogers

Priestess -Jill Gomez

Neptune -Christopher Keyte

St. Antony Singers

Thurston Dart, harpsichord

English Chamber Orchestra

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Release Date 8 Mar 2019
Brand N/A
Artist Lewis, The St. Anthony Singers, Dart, Hickey, Rob
Title Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie
Format CD DOUBLE (SLIMLINE CASE)
Packaging -
ISBN N/A
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