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Interview with WCPE's Rob Kennedy

In order to appease the somewhat provincial tastes of King Louis XV, composer Jean-Philippe Rameau and his librettist Voltaire altered the original version of Le Temple de la Gloire, and for centuries it was lost.  The manuscript was discovered-at the University of California, Berkeley's Jean Hargrove Music Library and was brought to the attention of conductor Nicholas McGegan.  For decades, maestro McGegan dreamed of reviving the original work, a dream realized in April 2017 through a partnership between Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, Centre de musique de Versailles in France and New York Baroque Dance Company.

This live album was recorded during a critically-acclaimed performance at UC Berkeley in April of 2017. This two-disc set captures the original intent of both Rameau and Voltaire with a stellar who's-who cast of baroque performers joining Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, vocal artists who never sacrifice musicality and drama while still hewing to the creators' original intentions, all heroically led by Nicholas McGegan, who has himself a long-storied career creating recordings that are both definitive and possessed of thrilling vitality. The chorus is masterfully prepared for this performance by choir director Bruce Lamott.

89.7WCPE: Wake Forest classical host - Rob Kennedy sat down with McGegan to discuss the recording. Listen to the attached interview