Rameau, yesterday and today

This project, a homage to Jean-Philippe Rameau, is the fruit of an original project, premiered on the 15th of October 2014 at the Opéra de Lille for the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the composer's death. This project, the result of a commission for five composers, aims to stand face-to-face the works of this eighteenth-century composer with contemporary compositions, in order to underline the universality of a music which continues to be relevant to this day. Adapted in recent times for piano, harp or for accordion, these traditional dances and character pieces which make up the repertoire for harpsichord by Rameau, often need no modification in the writing in order to be performed by these polyphonic instruments, therefore enjoying a new lease of life.

Works by Jean Philippe Rameau with premieres by Tomas Bordalejo, Philippe Hersant, Martin Iddon, Florent Motsch and Mikel Urquiza.

CD released in 2015 under
« La musique de Rameau, avec ses lignes claires et distinctes et ses accents de terroir, lui convient particulièrement bien, et ne nécessite aucune modification de l’écriture. Un sommet est ici atteint avec la Musette en rondeau en mi majeur de 1724, ou encore avec le célèbre Tambourin et les non moins célèbres Sauvages. Un bel objet, destiné à un vaste public ! » Musikzen, Marc Vignal, 2016.

Vincent Lhermet, accordéoniste