Inspired by a fable by La Fontaine Rameau produced perhaps his most brilliant music for his penultimate great work blending reality and surreal on several levels.This passionate new production by Jose Montalvo stunningly choreographed by Montalvo and Dominique Hervieu sets new standards in entertainment charm and ingenuity. The sharp and spectacular multimedia staging does full justice to Rameau’s dazzling burlesque confirming Olivier Rouviere statement that ‘Les Paladins is the last laugh of a witty 77-year old composer’. Recorded live in 2004 at the Paris Theatre du Chatelet in true surround sound both the virtuoso cast and Les Arts Florissants are in top form clearly enjoying themselves in the masterful hands of William Christie.
31 October 2005
Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Sandrine Piau, Laurent Naouri, Topi Lehtipuu, Rene Schirrer, Francois Piolino, Les Arts Florissants, William Christie, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, José Montalvo & Dominique Hervieu
Opus Arte Media Productions
Box set, PAL, Subtitled