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It is tempting to say William Christie and Les Arts Florissants perform Rameau's opera Zoroastre the exact way the composer imagined it. Indeed, there are many riches in this performance: impeccable singing, a magnificent chorus, and an orchestra that perfectly captures the opulent beauties and complexities of French Baroque. A late work, Zoroastre may lack the consistent brilliance of Rameau's masterpiece Castor et Pollux, but this composition's daring formal conception, which presages the fluidity of late nineteenth century opera, richly compensates any perceived absence of structural balance. The story, centering on Zoroastre's struggle to save his beloved Amelite from the evil Abramanr, contains Masonic references. Was Rameau a Mason? Scholars cannot answer that question. True, Zoroastre is about the struggle between good and evil symbolized, respectively, by light and darkness, but what fascinates the listener is not the Masonic story, but Rameau's unique ability to represent archetypal dichotomies in purely musical terms by relying on musical symbolism. Thus, in Act IV, Rameau's musical representation of sinister forces directly appeals to the listener's intuition. Indeed, the sheer variety of dark tones, along with astonishing outbursts of sheer dramatic power, bespeak Rameau's expressive genius, which reveals the unfathomable essence of evil in ways that language cannot emulate. Rameau's descriptions of elevated spiritual states, symbolized by light, are even more astonishing as demonstrated by "O lumiere vive et pure," sung by Zoroastre and the chorus in Act III. Here, as well as in the "Tout se ranime," Zorastre's duet with Amelite, the musicians reach the pinnacle of their art: with faultless phrasing, breathtaking expressive intensity, and impeccable dramatic presence, the vocal soloists capture the essence of Rameau's music. The superb orchestra plays with the compellingly primal immediacy of a living voice.
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1
Zoroastre : Overture to Act 1
Les Arts Florissants
00:03:43

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

2
Zoroastre : Act 1 "A l'heureux Abramane" [Zopire]
Les Arts Florissants
00:00:51

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Matthieu Lécroart, Baritone Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

3
Zoroastre : Act 1 "Non, je ne puis assez punir" [Abramane]
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:08

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Nathan Berg, Baritone Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

4
Zoroastre : Act 1 "Et nos dieux et le peuple" [Zopire]
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:42

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Matthieu Lécroart, Baritone Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

5
Zoroastre : Act 1 "Princesse, avec Phaerès" [Abramane]
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:29

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Nathan Berg, Baritone Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

6
Zoroastre : Act 1 "Unissons nos fureurs" [Erinice, Abramane] "Des Bactriens l'ingrate entraînait" [Abramane]
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:33

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Anna Maria Panzarella, Mezzo-soprano Vocals - Nathan Berg, Baritone Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

7
Zoroastre : Act 1 "Dieux terribles" [Erinice]
Les Arts Florissants
00:00:54

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Anna Maria Panzarella, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

8
Zoroastre : Act 1 "On approche, quittons ces lieux" [Abramane]
Les Arts Florissants
00:00:48

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Nathan Berg, Baritone Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

9
Zoroastre : Act 1 "Rassurez-vous" [Chorus]
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:16

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra, Chorus

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

10
Zoroastre : Act 1 "A tous nos tendres soins" [Céphie]
Les Arts Florissants
00:00:48

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Stéphanie Révidat, Soprano Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

11
Zoroastre : Act 1 "Reviens, c'est l'amour qui t'appelle" [Amélite]
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:54

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Gaëlle Mechaly, Soprano Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

12
Zoroastre : Act 1 Air tendre en rondeau
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:28

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

13
Zoroastre : Act 1 "L'amour pour un coeur qui l'implore" [Céphie]
Les Arts Florissants
00:00:58

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Stéphanie Révidat, Soprano Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

14
Zoroastre : Act 1 Gavotte tendre
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:11

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

15
Zoroastre : Act 1 "Cher Zoroastre, hélas!" [Amélite]
Les Arts Florissants
00:00:47

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Gaëlle Mechaly, Soprano Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

16
Zoroastre : Act 1 "Non, non, une flamme volage" [Amélite]
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:32

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Gaëlle Mechaly, Soprano Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

17
Zoroastre : Act 1 "Les rayons du soleil" [Amélite, Céphie, Chorus]
Les Arts Florissants
00:00:39

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra, Chorus - Gaëlle Mechaly, Soprano Vocals - Stéphanie Révidat, Soprano Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

18
Zoroastre : Act 1 "C'est vous, chère Erinice?"/ "Hélas! Tout fuit, tout m'abandonne"/ "Dieux, protecteurs de l'innocence" [Amélite]
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:49

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Gaëlle Mechaly, Soprano Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

19
Zoroastre : Act 1 "Tremble, tremble" [Chorus]
Les Arts Florissants
00:00:37

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra, Chorus

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

20
Zoroastre : Overture to Act 2
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:18

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

21
Zoroastre : Act 2 "A mes tristes regards" [Zoroastre]
Mark Padmore
00:03:29

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Mark Padmore, Tenor Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

22
Zoroastre : Act 2 "Dans cet asile favorable" [Oromasès]
Les Arts Florissants
00:00:49

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Eric Martin-Bonner, Bass Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

23
Zoroastre : Act 2 "Du charme des plaisirs" [Oromasès]
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:58

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Eric Martin-Bonner, Bass Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

24
Zoroastre : Act 2 "Esprits du feu" "Aux accents de ma voix" [Oromasès]
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:12

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Eric Martin-Bonner, Bass Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

25
Zoroastre : Act 2 "Ou suis-je?" [Zoroastre]
Mark Padmore
00:01:01

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Mark Padmore, Tenor Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

26
Zoroastre : Act 2 Sarabande
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:59

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

27
Zoroastre : Act 2 1re Gavotte gaye - 2e Gavotte
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:04

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

28
Zoroastre : Act 2 "Zoroastre, vole à la gloire" [Oromasès, Chorus]
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:22

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra, Chorus - Eric Martin-Bonnet, Bass Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

29
Zoroastre : Act 2 "Secondez l'ardeur qui me presse" [Zoroastre]
Mark Padmore
00:01:44

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Mark Padmore, Tenor Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

30
Zoroastre : Act 2 "En vain l'innocence crie" [Chorus]
Les Arts Florissants
00:00:47

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra, Chorus

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

31
Zoroastre : Act 2 "Juste ciel! quelle barbarie!" [Amélite] "Barbare!" [Zoroastre]
Mark Padmore
00:02:06

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Gaëlle Mechaly, Soprano Vocals - Mark Padmore, Tenor Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

32
Zoroastre : Act 2 "Je confondrai dans ma fureur" [Erinice]
Les Arts Florissants
00:00:39

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Anna Maria Panzarella, Mezzo-soprano Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

33
Zoroastre : Act 2 "Hélas! je bravais son courroux" [Amélite]
Les Arts Florissants
00:03:28

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Gaëlle Mechaly, Soprano Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

34
Zoroastre : Act 2 "Séjour impénétrable" "Le ciel, qu'ont attendri mes pleurs" [Zoroastre]
Mark Padmore
00:01:14

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Mark Padmore, Tenor Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

35
Zoroastre : Act 2 "Eclatez, transports d'allégresse" [Céphie, Chorus]
Les Arts Florissants
00:00:38

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra, Chorus - Stéphanie Révidat, Soprano Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

36
Zoroastre : Act 2 Entrée des Peuples : Air majestueux
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:16

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

37
Zoroastre : Act 2 "Ah! que l'absence est un cruel tourment!" [Céphie]
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:56

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Stéphanie Révidat, Soprano Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

38
Zoroastre : Act 2 1re Menuet - 2e Menuet
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:46

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

39
Zoroastre : Act 2 "Non, ce n'est pas toujours pour ravager" [Amélite]
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:54

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Gaëlle Mechaly, Soprano Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

40
Zoroastre : Act 2 1re Rigaudon - 2e Rigaudon
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:27

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

41
Zoroastre : Act 2 "Cessez de redouter des prêtres criminels" [Zoroastre]
Mark Padmore
00:00:46

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Mark Padmore, Tenor Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

42
Zoroastre : Act 2 "Qu'il triomphe des autres dieux" [Amélite, Céphie, Chorus]
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:39

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra, Chorus - Gaëlle Mechaly, Soprano Vocals - Stéphanie Révidat, Soprano Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

43
Zoroastre : Entracte Acts 2 - 3
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:10

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

44
Zoroastre : Act 3 "Arrêtez, modérez cette fureur extrême" [Abramane]
Les Arts Florissants
00:03:26

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Nathan Berg, Baritone Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

45
Zoroastre : Act 3 "Un coeur fier qui brise sa chaîne" [Abramane]
Les Arts Florissants
00:00:58

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Nathan Berg, Baritone Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

46
Zoroastre : Act 3 "Osons achever de grands crimes" [Abramane]
Les Arts Florissants
00:02:49

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Nathan Berg, Baritone Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

47
Zoroastre : Act 3 "Sommeil, fuis de ce séjour" [Zoroastre] "L'aurore vermeille" [Amélite] "Pour la fête la plus belle" [Amélite, Zoroastre] "De notre flamme mutuelle" [Zoroastre]
Mark Padmore
00:03:36

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Gaëlle Mechaly, Soprano Vocals - Mark Padmore, Tenor Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

48
Zoroastre : Act 3 "Sommeil, fuis de ce séjour" [Zoroastre]
Mark Padmore
00:01:03

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Mark Padmore, Tenor Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

49
Zoroastre : Act 3 Entrée de peuples différents
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:31

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

50
Zoroastre : Act 3 "Mille rayons brillants" [Zoroastre] "Tout se ranime" [Zoroastre, Amélite] "O lumière vive et pure" [Chorus, Zoroastre]
Mark Padmore
00:03:49

William Christie, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra, Chorus - Gaëlle Mechaly, Soprano Vocals - Mark Padmore, Tenor Vocals

© 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2002 Erato Disques

Album Description

It is tempting to say William Christie and Les Arts Florissants perform Rameau's opera Zoroastre the exact way the composer imagined it. Indeed, there are many riches in this performance: impeccable singing, a magnificent chorus, and an orchestra that perfectly captures the opulent beauties and complexities of French Baroque. A late work, Zoroastre may lack the consistent brilliance of Rameau's masterpiece Castor et Pollux, but this composition's daring formal conception, which presages the fluidity of late nineteenth century opera, richly compensates any perceived absence of structural balance. The story, centering on Zoroastre's struggle to save his beloved Amelite from the evil Abramanr, contains Masonic references. Was Rameau a Mason? Scholars cannot answer that question. True, Zoroastre is about the struggle between good and evil symbolized, respectively, by light and darkness, but what fascinates the listener is not the Masonic story, but Rameau's unique ability to represent archetypal dichotomies in purely musical terms by relying on musical symbolism. Thus, in Act IV, Rameau's musical representation of sinister forces directly appeals to the listener's intuition. Indeed, the sheer variety of dark tones, along with astonishing outbursts of sheer dramatic power, bespeak Rameau's expressive genius, which reveals the unfathomable essence of evil in ways that language cannot emulate. Rameau's descriptions of elevated spiritual states, symbolized by light, are even more astonishing as demonstrated by "O lumiere vive et pure," sung by Zoroastre and the chorus in Act III. Here, as well as in the "Tout se ranime," Zorastre's duet with Amelite, the musicians reach the pinnacle of their art: with faultless phrasing, breathtaking expressive intensity, and impeccable dramatic presence, the vocal soloists capture the essence of Rameau's music. The superb orchestra plays with the compellingly primal immediacy of a living voice.
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