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Les Indes galantes (2004)

TV Movie  -   -  Music | Comedy  -  11 September 2004 (France)
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Danielle de Niese ...
Prologue: Hébé
João Fernandes ...
Prologue: Bellone
Valérie Gabail ...
Prologue: L'Amour
Nicolas Cavallier ...
1ère entrée - Le Turc généreux: Osman
Anna Maria Panzarella ...
1ère entrée - Le Turc généreux: Emilie
Paul Agnew ...
1ère entrée - Le Turc généreux: Valère
Nathan Berg ...
2ème entrée - Les Incas du Pérou: Huascar / 3ème - Les Fleurs, Fête persane: Ali
Jaël Azzaretti ...
2ème entrée - Les Incas du Pérou: Phani
François Piolino ...
2ème entrée - Les Incas du Pérou: Don Carlos
Richard Croft ...
3ème - Les Fleurs, Fête persane: Tacmas
Gaële Le Roi ...
3ème - Les Fleurs, Fête persane: Zaïre
Malin Hartelius ...
3ème - Les Fleurs, Fête persane: Fatime
Nicolas Rivenq ...
4ème entrée - Les Sauvages: Adario
Christoph Strehl ...
4ème entrée - Les Sauvages: Damon
Christophe Fel ...
4ème entrée - Les Sauvages: Don Alvar
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Les Indes galantes
Music by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Libretto by Louis Fuzelier
Conducted by William Christie
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Irresistible
28 June 2005 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

I saw this film about a year ago and was not impressed. I must have been in a miserable mood that day because, when I saw it again yesterday, I found it irresistible. I suppose my problem was with Rameau's music. Most of the dramatic development is through music that sounds dangerously close to recitative. To be charitable, maybe Rameau was anticipating the 19th century move towards through-composed works without the big arias. There are a few arias, however, and some notable ensembles, particularly the quartet "Tendre amour" during the Fête persane episode. Otherwise, the big tunes, as is usual in Rameau operas, tend to be given to the dancers.

The opera consists of a prologue and four episodes, featuring Turks, Incas, Persians and Red Indians. The theme, the gallant Indies, seems quite daring for 1735 but this work could not anticipate the centuries of slavery and genocide that were to follow, nor our present-day suspicion of all things Arabic. The performance is beautifully presented by Paris National Opera using spectacular costumes on a bare stage back-lit by a bright diorama. There is a young and attractive cast of sixteen soloists fronting an energetic company of dancers. The effects, such as a shipwreck and a volcanic eruption are simple and impressive, as if they were taking place in a production given in 1753.

This was such a, literally, brilliant spectacle that, often, the subtitles were impossible to read against the bright background. There, I knew I could find something to complain about.


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