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Seventeen years after the premiere failed to impress the public, the aged Rameau hearkened to persuasion and radically revised Castor et Pollux. Thank goodness he did and that this astonishingly forward-looking reworking – expressive, dramatic, fascinating – has found the compelling advocacy of Raphaël Pichon and his brilliant soloists, chorus and band. Vocal agility and emotional commitment abound, and instrumentalists of the very highest calibre perform with sublime grace. Sans longueur, Rameau’s dramatic genius grips the attention ensuring that the potentially emasculating flounces, frills and furbelows of the French baroque convince even when dour Spartans are obliged to dance the minuet.

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