Christophe Rousset Leads Les Talens Lyriques in a Definitive Performance of Rameau's Zaïs
Following three acclaimed revivals of Lully's tragédies lyriques - Bellérophon, Phaéton and Amadis - Christophe Rousset leads Les Talens Lyriques in a definitive performance of Jean-Philippe Rameau's ballet-héroïque Zaïs.
In 1745, King Louis XV granted Rameau the post of Composer du cabinet du roy. During this period, he composed some lighter works, in collaboration with librettist Louis de Cahusac that went on to become some of his most important masterpieces. One of them was Zaïs, first performed in 1748 on the stage of the Académie Royale de Musique. The plot revolves around a lover (Zaïs) putting his beloved (Zélidie) to the test in order to cherish her all the more.
One of Rameau's leading champions, Christophe Rousset directs an all-star cast that includes tenor Julien Prégardian as Zaïa, soprano Sandrine Piau as Zélidie and bass-baritones Aimery Lefèvre and Benoît Arnould as Oromazès and Cindor.
Available September 11th on Aparte Records.
"[These are] Committed, idiomatic performances Christophe Rousset obtains from his excellent forces."
"Very few interpreters capture the panache and grandeur of Lully's music as well as Rousset..."
"Rousset gives his intense and thorough attention to every score he offers to the public."
- Toronto Early Music