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Sabine Devieilhe|Rameau: Achante et Céphise

Rameau: Achante et Céphise

Sabine Devieilhe

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Many more Rameau operas are available on recordings than there were a generation ago, but new ones are surfacing all the time. A splendid example is Achante et Céphise, composed in 1751 to mark the birth of Louis XV's grandson. The work received its modern debut only in 2012, and this recording by the newly allied historical performance group Les Ambassadeurs - La Grand Écurie, and director Alexis Kossenko is the world premiere. The commercial success of the album may seem unexpected for an unknown Rameau opera, in a seemingly oxymoronic genre ("pastorale-héröique"), with a preposterous story involving two lovers under the competing spells of an evil genie and a good fairy, but the music shows Rameau absolutely at the top of his powers, bringing a vast range of musical genres into the tale. There is a profusion of sparkling dances, overtures and interludes that may be fugal or otherwise show sophistication, arioso recitatives that move the action along urgently, arias that could easily stand alone in recital, and extremely catchy choruses. The singers, led by Cyrille Dubois and soprano Sabine Devieilhe in the title roles, are sprightly and energetic, but the real credit here goes to Kossenko, who conveys the majestic scope of Rameau's musical thinking in a way that has very rarely been done. Rameau enlarged the sound world of opera in this work; it was the first to contain clarinets. They are right up front in the overture, and Kossenko puts them in the foreground. Throughout, he gives a sense for the way Rameau ruled French music for so long. One can easily imagine audiences humming these tunes in the street after seeing the opera. On the market during the holiday season of 2021 and beyond, this would be a gift sure to be appreciated by anyone with the slightest liking for Rameau.
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1
Achante et Céphise: Ouverture
Alexis Kossenko
00:04:42

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Achante et Céphise, Act 1: Ritournelle
Alexis Kossenko
00:00:42

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Achante et Céphise, Act 1: "Céphise !" (Achante, Céphise)
Alexis Kossenko
00:01:02

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Cyrille Dubois, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

4
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: "Tendres amants, consolez-vous" (Zirphile)
Alexis Kossenko
00:01:21

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Judith van Wanroij, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

5
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: "Quel espoir peut nous consoler ?" (Zirphile, Céphise)
Alexis Kossenko
00:01:33

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Judith van Wanroij, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

6
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: "Des dieux la sagesse profonde" (Zirphile, Choeur)
Alexis Kossenko
00:01:21

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Chantres du Centre de Musique baroque de Versailles, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Judith van Wanroij, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

7
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: "Vaine espérance, hélas !" (Céphise, Zirphile)
Alexis Kossenko
00:00:40

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Judith van Wanroij, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

8
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: "Par le pouvoir secret de cet anneau magique" (Zirphile, Achante, Céphise)
Alexis Kossenko
00:01:58

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Judith van Wanroij, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Cyrille Dubois, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

9
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: Air gracieux
Alexis Kossenko
00:01:39

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

10
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: "Que la sympathie a d'attraits !" (Une Fée)
Alexis Kossenko
00:00:41

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Marine Lafdal-Franc, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

11
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: Première et deuxième gavotte
Alexis Kossenko
00:02:04

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

12
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: "Adieu, conservez bien ce gage" (Zirphile, Achante, Céphise, Choeur)
Alexis Kossenko
00:01:58

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Chantres du Centre de Musique baroque de Versailles, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Judith van Wanroij, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Cyrille Dubois, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

13
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: "Non, je ne serai point impunément jaloux !" (Le Génie, Céphise)
Alexis Kossenko
00:02:09

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - David Witczak, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

14
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: "Triomphez belle Céphise" (Deux Coryphées, Choeur)
Alexis Kossenko
00:01:52

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Chantres du Centre de Musique baroque de Versailles, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Arnaud Richard, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Artavazd Sargsyan, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

15
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: Entrée des Suivants du Génie
Alexis Kossenko
00:01:34

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

16
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: "L'inconstance renouvelle" (Premier Coryphée)
Alexis Kossenko
00:00:40

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Artavazd Sargsyan, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

17
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: Loure
Alexis Kossenko
00:02:48

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

18
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: "D'une jeunesse éternelle" (Deuxième Coryphée)
Alexis Kossenko
00:00:45

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Arnaud Richard, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

19
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: Premier et deuxième air en mouvement de chaconne vive
Alexis Kossenko
00:03:12

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

20
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: Premier et deuxième tambourin
Alexis Kossenko
00:01:26

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

21
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: "Un immortel vous cède la victoire" (Deux Coryphées)
Alexis Kossenko
00:00:40

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Arnaud Richard, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Artavazd Sargsyan, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

22
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: "De l’amant qui vous adore" (Premier Coryphée)
Alexis Kossenko
00:00:38

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Artavazd Sargsyan, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

23
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: "Un immortel vous cède la victoire" (Choeur)
Alexis Kossenko
00:00:44

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Chantres du Centre de Musique baroque de Versailles, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

24
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: "A sa voix, les vents en fureur" (Deux Coryphées)
Alexis Kossenko
00:00:33

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Arnaud Richard, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Artavazd Sargsyan, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

25
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: "Un immortel vous cède la victoire" (Choeur) [Reprise]
Alexis Kossenko
00:00:37

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Chantres du Centre de Musique baroque de Versailles, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

26
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: "Achante, où sommes-nous ?" (Céphise, le Génie)
Alexis Kossenko
00:01:56

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - David Witczak, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

27
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: "Ah que mes sens sont soulagés !" (Céphise, Achante, le Génie)
Alexis Kossenko
00:01:59

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Cyrille Dubois, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - David Witczak, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

28
Achante et Céphise, Act 1: "Le temple de l'Amour est voisin de ces lieux" (Achante, Céphise)
Alexis Kossenko
00:01:21

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Cyrille Dubois, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

29
Achante et Céphise, Act 2: Prélude vivement
Alexis Kossenko
00:00:16

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

30
Achante et Céphise, Act 2: "Amour, je ne viens point au pied de ton autel" (Le Génie)
Alexis Kossenko
00:02:13

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - David Witczak, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

31
Achante et Céphise, Act 2: "Amour, écoutez nos vœux" (Choeur)
Alexis Kossenko
00:00:32

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Chantres du Centre de Musique baroque de Versailles, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

32
Achante et Céphise, Act 2: "Au culte du dieu du bonheur" (La Grande Prêtresse, Prêtresses, choeur)
Alexis Kossenko
00:01:29

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Chantres du Centre de Musique baroque de Versailles, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Floriane Hasler, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra - Anne-Sophie Petit, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jehanne Amzal, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

33
Achante et Céphise, Act 2: "Tout rend hommage" (La Deuxième Prêtresse, Prêtresses, choeur)
Alexis Kossenko
00:02:06

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Chantres du Centre de Musique baroque de Versailles, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Floriane Hasler, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra - Anne-Sophie Petit, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jehanne Amzal, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

34
Achante et Céphise, Act 2: "Vous voyez deux tendres amants" (Achante, la Grande Prêtresse)
Alexis Kossenko
00:01:04

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Cyrille Dubois, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra - Jehanne Amzal, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

35
Achante et Céphise, Act 2: "Notre arrêt va se prononcer" (Céphise, Achante)
Alexis Kossenko
00:01:24

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Cyrille Dubois, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

36
Achante et Céphise, Act 2: "Le jour où tous les cœurs rendront grâce à l'amour" (La Grande Prêtresse)
Alexis Kossenko
00:00:47

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra - Jehanne Amzal, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

37
Achante et Céphise, Act 2: "Le jour où tous les cœurs rendront grâce à l'amour" (Céphise, Achante)
Alexis Kossenko
00:00:50

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Cyrille Dubois, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

38
Achante et Céphise, Act 2: "Non, il n'est point de coeurs contents" (Choeur)
Alexis Kossenko
00:00:33

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Chantres du Centre de Musique baroque de Versailles, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

39
Achante et Céphise, Act 2: "Achante, quels accents !" (Céphise, Achante)
Alexis Kossenko
00:00:44

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Cyrille Dubois, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

40
Achante et Céphise, Act 2: "Amants qui vous fuyez, cessez de vous contraindre" (Céphise)
Alexis Kossenko
00:01:19

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

41
Achante et Céphise, Act 2: "Avant de se réunir" (Achante)
Alexis Kossenko
00:00:41

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Cyrille Dubois, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

42
Achante et Céphise, Act 2: "Pourquoi fuir ainsi les pas" (Achante, Délie, Céphise)
Alexis Kossenko
00:00:23

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Cyrille Dubois, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra - Anne-Sophie Petit, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

43
Achante et Céphise, Act 2: "Dois-je regretter un volage" (Délie)
Alexis Kossenko
00:00:36

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra - Anne-Sophie Petit, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

44
Achante et Céphise, Act 2: "Est-ce un crime que d’enflammer" (Achante)
Alexis Kossenko
00:00:30

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Cyrille Dubois, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

45
Achante et Céphise, Act 2: "Laissez-vous entraîner" (Achante, Délie, Choeur)
Alexis Kossenko
00:01:08

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Chantres du Centre de Musique baroque de Versailles, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Cyrille Dubois, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra - Anne-Sophie Petit, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Achante et Céphise, Act 2: Musette
Alexis Kossenko
00:01:11

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Achante et Céphise, Act 2: Premier et deuxième menuet I
Alexis Kossenko
00:02:08

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Achante et Céphise, Act 2: "Chassons de nos plaisirs tranquilles" (Une Bergère)
Alexis Kossenko
00:01:02

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Marine Lafdal-Franc, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Achante et Céphise, Act 2: Première et deuxième gavotte
Alexis Kossenko
00:01:47

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

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Achante et Céphise, Act 2: "Ne puis-je inspirer que l'effroi ?" (Le Génie, Céphise, Achante)
Alexis Kossenko
00:02:26

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor, MainArtist - Cyrille Dubois, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Poet - David Witczak, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Écurie, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

Album Description

Many more Rameau operas are available on recordings than there were a generation ago, but new ones are surfacing all the time. A splendid example is Achante et Céphise, composed in 1751 to mark the birth of Louis XV's grandson. The work received its modern debut only in 2012, and this recording by the newly allied historical performance group Les Ambassadeurs - La Grand Écurie, and director Alexis Kossenko is the world premiere. The commercial success of the album may seem unexpected for an unknown Rameau opera, in a seemingly oxymoronic genre ("pastorale-héröique"), with a preposterous story involving two lovers under the competing spells of an evil genie and a good fairy, but the music shows Rameau absolutely at the top of his powers, bringing a vast range of musical genres into the tale. There is a profusion of sparkling dances, overtures and interludes that may be fugal or otherwise show sophistication, arioso recitatives that move the action along urgently, arias that could easily stand alone in recital, and extremely catchy choruses. The singers, led by Cyrille Dubois and soprano Sabine Devieilhe in the title roles, are sprightly and energetic, but the real credit here goes to Kossenko, who conveys the majestic scope of Rameau's musical thinking in a way that has very rarely been done. Rameau enlarged the sound world of opera in this work; it was the first to contain clarinets. They are right up front in the overture, and Kossenko puts them in the foreground. Throughout, he gives a sense for the way Rameau ruled French music for so long. One can easily imagine audiences humming these tunes in the street after seeing the opera. On the market during the holiday season of 2021 and beyond, this would be a gift sure to be appreciated by anyone with the slightest liking for Rameau.
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