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2.0 PCM & 5.1 DTS
EN, FR, DE, ES, IT, NE
Rameau: Castor et Pollux (De Nederlandse Opera)
Anna Maria Panzarella (Télaïre); Véronique Gens (Phébé); Judith van Wanroij (Cléone / Une suivante dHébé / Une ombre heureuse); Finnur Bjarnason (Castor); Henk Neven (Pollux); Nicolas Testé (Jupiter);
Castor et Pollux is arguably Rameau's finest creation in the tragédie lyrique style. Its libretto, based in mythology, focuses on an unusual theme: the self-sacrificing love between Castor, who is mortal, and his immortal brother, Pollux. When Castor is killed while defending his beloved Télaire from an attempted abduction, Pollux resolves to give up his immortality and take Castor's place in the Underworld. After passionate debate over who will live and who will die, the brothers are eternally united transformed into the constellation Gemini. The strikinglyluminous sets, depicting a stylized version of the constellation, give this fabulous production, staged by Pierre Audi and conducted by Christophe Rousset, a glorious 21st-century baroque look.
"To turn almost three hours of obscure French baroque opera into a popular hit is the kind of stunt at which the Netherlands Opera excels...All the singers are beautiful and polished Veronique Gens as Phebe manages to rise beyond form and truly breathe life into her character'sphrases. Gens's performance is radiant and burnished, full of subtlety and character." (Bloomberg.com)
"Rameau's brilliantly composed airs, expressive recitatives, infectious dances and sturdy choruses are of untouchable high quality." (Gramophone)
"Christophe Rousset directs a superb ensemble performance with a cleanly voiced choir and an acute ear for Rameau's pungent orchestration. Patrick Kinmoth's set and costumes have an austere, almost sci-fi quality, but they match Pierre Audi's unfussy production with its genuine sense of dramatic engagement." (BBC Music Magazine)
Documentary - 'To serve this big spectacle...'Illustrated Synopsis and Cast Gallery.