Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Thematic Catalogue

"Before Rameau (1683–1764) there was instrumentation; after Rameau, there was orchestration." - An Amazon reviewer.

Jean-Philippe Rameau was one of the most important French composers and music theorists of the Baroque era. This playlist is sorted by music genres, after Rameau Catalogue Thématique established by Sylvie Bouissou and Denis Herlin. It includes all the harpsichord works (over a dozen different recordings), cantatas, operas (unfortunately, many recordings are not available on Spotify USA) and suites that I found on Spotify. I also put Marc Minkowski's Symphonie imaginaire at the beginning of the playlist (a great introduction for classical fans who are not familiar with Rameau or French opera) and a recording of Rameau organ transcriptions at the end.

Here's the Spotify playlist: Rameau Catalogue Thématique (734 tracks, total time: 1 day) Ctrl (CMD)+G to browse in album view. Leopold Godowsky's Rameau arrangements can be found in my previous Piano Transcriptions playlist.


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