Rameau: La Guirlande (The Enchanted Flowers) - A Ballet with Vocal Music - Versailles CO/Wahl
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KHCD-2012-036DL (STEREO - Rameau: La Guirlande (The Enchanted Flowers) - A Ballet with Vocal Music - Zélide, the Shepherdess - Claudie Saneva, soprano; Mirtil, the Shepherd - Jean-Jacques Leseur, tenor; Chorus under the direction of Elisabeth Brasseur; Versailles Chamber Orchestra conducted by Bernard Wahl - Rameau wrote this charming work in 1751, at the height of his fame, as a ballet-divertissement for the revival of his opera “Les Indes Galantes”, which had its debut some 16 years earlier. The addition of a new stage piece to an old one was standard practice; in fact, it was considered almost obligatory, in this case adding some new to the old. The plot, of course, is mere gossamer, a symbolic story of love, simply used to build a framework on which the glorious music may be held upon. Gorgeous solo work by both soloists enrich the proceedings, amply accompanied by the Versailles Chamber Orchestra. Transcribed from a factory-sealed Nonesuch LP, originally recorded buy Club Français du Disque.