Sabine Devieilhe, Alexis Kossenko – Rameau: Le Grand Theatre de l’amour (2013) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Sabine Devieilhe, Alexis Kossenko – Rameau: Le Grand Theatre de l’amour (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:19:54 minutes | 1.36 GB | Genre: Classical
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet  | © Erato/Warner Classics

Sabine Devieilhe, the young French lyric-coloratura soprano, is a singer “whose upper register, like her virtuosity, appears limitless, while her verbal sense and dramatic engagement are breathtaking”. A prizewinner in the 2013 Victoires de la Musique Classique, France’s equivalent of the Grammys, she has recorded a ravishing programme of excerpts from operas by Rameau with conductor Alexis Kossenko and his ensemble Les Ambassadeurs.

Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer: Aimery Lefevre, Sabine Devieilhe, Samuel Boden
Conductor: Alexis Kossenko
Orchestra/Ensemble: Jeune Choeur de Paris, Les Ambassadeurs


The operas of Jean-Philippe Rameau, vast spectacles, may be lost to history in their original forms. Sure, some of them have been produced in the modern era, but no company could muster the combination of singers, instrumentalists, choreography, and costume and scene design that would have accompanied the originals. The closest might be this release by French soprano Sabine Devieilhe, which is a thrill from start to finish. The album simply has it all. Devieilhe’s voice is a knockout, and a deceptive one at that: it comes in as a flutelike thing in the mid-range but then scores with an agile top that seems absolutely undaunted by acrobatic vocal writing. The work of the historical-instrument orchestra Les Ambassadeurs under Alexis Kossenko is technically superb and dramatically sharp; they convey the feeling of playing for real theatergoers. The music covers selections from some operas with hugely ambitious themes, and there are three world-premiere recordings. Sample the storm aria from Les Indes Galantes (The Gallant Indians), track 17, with its wind machine and its colorful vocal canvas, for a taste of an immensely satisfying recital by a new face on the scene who makes you wonder just how far she’ll eventually go.

01 – Les Indes Galantes – Forets Paisibles
02 – Feuillages Verts Naissez
03 – Pygmalion – Ouverture
04 – Les Paladins – Est-Il Beau-
05 – Les Fetes De L’Hymen Et De L’Amour – Contredanse
06 – Les Indes Galantes – Viens, Hymen
07 – Nais – Je Ne Sais Quel Ennui Me Presse
08 – Les Boreades – Un Horizon Serein
09 – Les Boreades – Contredanse En Rondeau
10 – Les Paladins – Pour Voltiger
11 – Hippolyte & Aricie – Ritournelle
12 – Anacreon – Tendre Amour
13 – Zoroastre – Ballet Figure
14 – Les Indes Galantes – Scene Finale De L’Entree Des Incas
15 – Zais – Coulez Mes Pleurs
16 – Dardanus – Sommeil
17 – Les Indes Galantes – Vaste Empire Des Mers
18 – Zoroastre – Air Tendre En Rondeau
19 – Castor Et Pollux – Tristes Apprets
20 – Les Fetes D’Hebe – Tambourins
21 – Platee – Aux Langueurs D’Apollon
22 – Les Indes Galantes – Chaconne
23 – Les Indes Galantes – Regnez