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Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Midori Seiler - Rebel: Les elements; Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni (2009)

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Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Midori Seiler - Rebel: Les elements; Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni (2009)

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Midori Seiler - Rebel: Les éléments; Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni (2009)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 78 min | 6,40 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Recorded: 2008

Harmonia Mundi's Rebel: Elements – Vivaldi: Four Seasons combines two of the Baroque's biggest instrumental barnburners as performed by one of the top period instrument groups in Europe, Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, under the leadership of concertmasters Clemens-Maria Nuszbaumer and Georg Kallweit and featuring their star attraction, violinist Midori Seiler. Like Vivaldi's often derided as over-familiar Four Seasons, Jean-Féry Rebel's 1737 ballet Les Éléments does not want for good recordings, but it is nowhere near as famous as the Vivaldi; this is the first time the two have been combined on a recording, and these pieces are quite compatible given their shared, programmatic purposes.

Ryan Brown, Opera Lafayette - François Rebel & François Francœur: Zélindor, roi des Sylphes; Suite from ‘Le Trophée’ (2009)

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Ryan Brown, Opera Lafayette - François Rebel & François Francœur: Zélindor, roi des Sylphes; Suite from ‘Le Trophée’ (2009)

Ryan Brown, Opera Lafayette - François Rebel & François Francœur: Zélindor, roi des Sylphes; Suite from ‘Le Trophée’ (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 263 Mb | Total time: 61:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.660224 | Recorded: 2007

First performed at Versailles in 1745, the opera ballet Zélindor is a delightful rococo pastorale which found favour with Louis XV’s mistress, Madame de Pompadour, no doubt because its story about a king who loves a commoner reflected her own situation. Opera Lafayette’s 2007 revival was hailed as “brilliant” by The Washington Post, which praised the soloists, headed by Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, and chamber chorus who “sang with a gusto matched by the orchestra’s rhythmic pungency”. This is the work’s world première recording with full orchestra and chorus.

Daniel Cuiller, Stradivaria, Chœur de l’Académie Baroque - Rebel et Francœur: Pirame & Thisbé (2008)

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Daniel Cuiller, Stradivaria, Chœur de l’Académie Baroque - Rebel et Francœur: Pirame & Thisbé (2008)

Daniel Cuiller, Stradivaria, Chœur de l’Académie Baroque - François Rebel et François Francœur: Pirame & Thisbé (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 668 Mb | Total time: 74:01+66:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mirare | MIR058 | Recorded: 2007

After discovering François Francoeur's splendid orchestral pieces, the suites de Symphonies pour le festin royal de Monseigneur le Comte d'Artois, I was prompted by curiosity to play some of his magnificent violin sonatas in concert. This confirmed me in the conviction this violinist was undoubtedly one of the most appealing and gifted composers of 18th century France. Then it occurred to me to search his operatic output for the work or works most representative of his talents as an instrumentalist and orchestrator. The collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale soon convinced me that the 'more or less perfect pearl' was right in front of us: Piramé & Thisbé, a tragedie lyrique written in collaboration with his friend and associate François Rebel, three years his junior.

Daniel Cuiller, Arion Baroque Orchestra - Rebel: Les Plaisirs champêtres (2007)

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Daniel Cuiller, Arion Baroque Orchestra - Rebel: Les Plaisirs champêtres (2007)

Daniel Cuiller, Arion Baroque Orchestra - Rebel: Les Plaisirs champêtres (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 387 Mb | Total time: 63:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Early-Music.com | EMCCD-7765 | Recorded: 2006

The recording is entirely devoted to French Baroque composer Jean-Féry Rebel and comprises some of his most admirable ballet music, along with the enigmatic suite Les Elemens.
The orchestra was awarded two Opus Prizes in January 2007 (voted by the Conseil québécois de la musique) for this program, which was featured in Arion’s 2006 activities. One Prize was for the ‘Concert of the Year in Montreal’ and the other for the ‘Concert of the Year, Music of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque eras’.

200 Ans de Musique a Versailles [20CDs] (2007)

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200 Ans de Musique a Versailles [20CDs] (2007)

200 Ans de Musique à Versailles [20CDs] (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 5,17 Gb | Total time: 18 h 37 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Centre de Musique Baroque Versailles | # MBF 1107 | Recorded: 1994-2007

In October 2007, the Centre Musical de Baroque de Versailles celebrated its 20th anniversary, together with the best French musicians around. To complete this anniversary, they now present the release of a 20-CD box with numerous musical highlights, both of the anniversary concerts as well as releases from the previous 20 years. Thanks to this jubilee box, you can now witness this landmark of French Baroque music.