Rameau: Les Surprises de l’Amour

Les Musiciens du Louvre conducted by Marc Minkowski

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Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera-ballet Les Surprises de l’Amour was first performed at Versailles in 1748 and later revived at the Paris Opera in 1757. The opera-ballet, comprising three entrees, relates scenes and events from Roman mythology. It was originally presented by members of the French court, with roles later taken by leading dancers including Gaetan Vestris and Marie Madeleine Guimard.

Marc Minkowski is a French-born conductor whose interpretations of French Baroque works are highly regarded. This release highlights Minkowski’s dedication to the French Baroque repertoire, and provides a welcome opportunity for listeners to experience the music of this popular opera-ballet. More information about Les Surprises de l’Amour, including an outline of the action, can be sourced here.

Erato Disques, 2014. Running time: 51.32.