Rondeau, Jean

Vertigo

CD
19 Feb 2016

Barcode: 0825646974580

Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau

France’s leading young harpsichordist performs works by two masters of the French Baroque. No surprises there, perhaps … but the harpsichordist in question is Jean Rondeau and the album is called Vertigo. It conceives the harpsichord in vividly theatrical terms. Vertigo takes its name from a dramatic, rhapsodic piece by Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer, who, along with Jean-Philippe Rameau, forms the focus of this album. If Rameau (1683–1764) is the better-known composer today, especially admired for such operatic masterpieces as Hippolyte et Aricie and Platée, the younger Royer (1705–1755) was also a major figure in his time, rising to become master of music at the court of Louis XV. Both Rameau and Royer excelled in keyboard music and in works for the stage. As Jean Rondeau says: “These two illustrious composers battled for the top spot at the Opéra.” He describes them as “two magicians, two master architects, amongst the most wildly imaginative and brilliant of their era … Two composers who also tried to capture echoes of grand theatre with the palette offered by their keyboard.”

In November 2015, Rondeau was named Solo Classical Instrumentalist of the Year by the Académie Charles Cros when he received its Grand Prix, France’s most prestigious award for classical recordings. That was for his first Warner Classics album, Imagine, which he described as “an exploration of all the possibilities that lie in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and in the harpsichord.” BBC Music Magazine clearly enjoyed the discovery, saying: “Rondeau is a natural communicator, unimpeded by the imperative to score academic points ... Make no mistake – this is an auspicious debut.”

Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Rameau: Premier livre de pièces de Clavecin, (1706), Suite in A Minor, RCT 1: No. 1 Prélude  - Jean Rondeau 
02 Royer: Pièces pour clavecin, Book 1 (1746): No. 12 Allemande  - Jean Rondeau 
03 Rameau: Pièces de clavecin (1724), Suite in D Major, RCT 3: No. 1 Les Tendres Plaintes - Rondeau  - Jean Rondeau 
04 Rameau: Pièces de clavecin (1724), Suite in D Major, RCT 3: No. 2 Les Niais de Sologne - Doubles des Niais - Autre Double  - Jean Rondeau 
05 Rameau: Pièces de clavecin (1724), Suite in D Major, RCT 3: No. 6 L'Entretien des Muses  - Jean Rondeau 
06 Royer: Pièces de clavecin, Book 1 (1746): No. 3 Les Matelots  - Jean Rondeau 
07 Royer: Pièces de clavecin, Book 1 (1746): No. 4 Tambourins: Premier Tambourin (Suite des Matelots) & Deuxième Tambourin  - Jean Rondeau 
08 Royer: Pièces de clavecin, Book 1 (1746): No. 11 Le Vertigo - Rondeau  - Jean Rondeau 
09 Royer: Pièces de clavecin, Book 1 (1746): No. 2 La Zaïde - Rondeau  - Jean Rondeau 
10 Royer: Pièces de clavecin, Book 1 (1746): No. 14 La Marche, des Scythes  - Jean Rondeau 
11 Rameau: Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin (1727), Suite in A Minor, RCT 5: No. 3 Sarabande  - Jean Rondeau 
12 Rameau: Pièces de clavecin (1724), Suite in E Minor, RCT 2: No. 7 Musette en rondeau  - Jean Rondeau 
13 Rameau: Pièces de clavecin (1724), Suite in E Minor, RCT 2: No. 8 Tambourin  - Jean Rondeau 
14 Rameau: Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin (1727), Suite in G Major, RCT 6: No. 3. Menuet I - Menuet II  - Jean Rondeau 
15 Rameau: Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin (1727), Suite in G Major, RCT 6: No. 14 Les Sauvages  - Jean Rondeau 
16 Royer: Pièces de clavecin, Book 1 (1746): No. 6 L'Aimable  - Jean Rondeau 


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