Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques Release Recording of Rameau’s “Pygmalion” and “Les Fêtes de Polymnie”
Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques have just released their latest recording, bringing us to the stage of the Royal Academy of Music where Pygmalion, an act of ballet by Jean-Philippe Rameau inspired by an episode of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, was created in 1748. Love, showing empathy for Pygmalion’s despair of loving a statue, invigorates the sculpted woman who immediately falls in love with her creator. Very suggestive, the music of this tender and mischievous ballet deploys the grace of 18th century dances. Like Ovid’s Love, Christophe Rousset instils life in this score, one of Rameau’s greatest successes in his day, and offers us, thanks to his sense of drama and his impeccable leadership, a new and essential reading of this ballet.
Founded over 25 years ago by harpsichordist and conductor Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques aims to shed light on Europe’s musical heritage, often performing rare or unpublished works from the baroque and romantic period.
Rameau: Pygmalion was released 1 September 2017 on Aparté.
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