04 Nov 2010

Rameau, Platée, La Folie !

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A delightful excerpt from a superb performace by Marc Minkowski and the Musiciens du Louvre of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s comic opera Platée, written to a libretto by Adrien-Joseph Le Valois d’Orville as part of the entertainments for the wedding of Louis, Dauphin of France, son of King Louis XV of France, to the Infanta Maria Theresa of Spain at Versailles on March 31, 1745.

In order to cure Juno of jealousy, the gods plot a joke marriage of Jove to the homely water nymph Platée. Mireille Delunsch performs with exceptional panache the famous aria in which La Folie (Madness) attempts to warn Platée by recounting the story of Apollo and Daphne.

Dedicated on Facebook by the gallant Constandin to the fair D.L.

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I agree. Wonderful stuff. Rameau is one of those massively underrated types. I’ve got a great recording of Celine Frisch playing his “Pieces de clavecin” – Heaven.


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