30 Aug 2020

RAMEAU: Suite from Dardanus

From Music Alive, 8:07 pm on 30 August 2020
Dame Gillian Whitehead with Juilliard415

Dame Gillian Whitehead with Juilliard415 Photo: RNZ/Tim Dodd

Jean-Philippe Rameau's Dardanus may have been a "lyric tragedy" but as with most operas of the time, there had to be dancing.

As the programme notes for this concert, written by Kate Gerrard and Robert Mealy put it: “Like so much of Rameau, the dances from this opera are some of the most addictively kinetic music written before Stravinsky. He managed to create astonishingly inventive effects by transforming straightforward Baroque dance-forms."

Recorded by RNZ Concert, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland, 28 February 2020
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Adrian Hollay