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For the launch of its DVD collection, Alpha is joining forces with Christophe Rousset’s Les Talens Lyriques in Rameau’s opera-ballet Les Indes galantes, his most famous work, here performed in its
1750 ‘Toulouse’ version. Particularly rich both on the musical level and in atmosphere, scrutinizing love ‘in far-off lands’ (Turkey, Peru, Persia and America), it responds to the infatuation with exoticism that tinged all the arts of the century. Rameau’s dance music is always quite suggestive, evocative of a movement or a pictorial atmosphere. As for the staging, Laura Scozzi brings her contemporary vision to these countries and travels.
Filmed at the Bordeaux National Opera, this production marked the Rameau celebrations in 2014 and was unanimously hailed by the international press:
In creating an extraordinarily amusing and vigorous staging, Laura Scozzi evokes or fustigates some of the dramas and obscurantisms of our era with as much pertinence as humour. [...] It takes the presence and stature of a Christophe Rousset to impose the music and singing in face of the tempest of images generated by the staging.
Raphaël de Gubernatis, Le Nouvel Observateur
One of the glories of 18th-century music [...]. A cast [...] well nigh perfect.
Tim Ashkey, The Guardian