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Conductor Nicholas McGegan Talks About Jean-Philippe Rameau's "Le Temple de la Gloire"

Photo: Randy Beach

The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale led by legendary conductor Nicholas McGegan has released a world premiere recording of Jean-Philippe Rameau's “Le Temple de la Gloire” (the 1745 original version). In order to appease King Louis XV, Rameau and his librettist Voltaire altered the original version and for centuries it was lost. The manuscript was discovered at the University of California-Berkeley and brought to the attention of McGegan. For decades, he dreamed of reviving the original work and this live recording was done at UC Berkeley in April 2017.

I recently had the pleasure of talking with Nicholas McGegan about this rather extensive project. He provided insight to the differences in this opera from the “traditional” opera you may be used to and shared various techniques used by the performers, including period instruments.

You can find the album HERE!

Here are a few sound clips for you to listen to...


Yours in good music,Mike Goldberg
Classical Music Host, WCVE Music