About the recording
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) was one of the most important French composers and music theorists of the Baroque period. He was famous and controversial for his revolutionary harmonic techniques. At the end of the eighteenth century, however, his work went out of fashion, and it was not until the twentieth century that interest in his music was renewed, and it continues to increase. The opera Les Boréades, a lyrical tragedy with a mythological plot, was never performed during the author’s lifetime. It was first produced in the twentieth century in 1964. The triple-CD performed by Collegium 1704 under the baton of Václav Luks is only the second recording of this fascinating work in history. In 2020, the CD won the prestigious French Trophées award for the best opera recording of the year, and it was twice singled out by the magazine Gramophone (Editors’ Choice, Critics’ Choice 2020).