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Marin Marais

Jordi Savall - Marin Marais - Suitte D'un Gout Etranger, Pieces De Viole Du IV Livre, 1717 (2006) {2CD Set, Alia Vox AVSA 9851}

Jordi Savall - Marin Marais - Suitte D'un Gout Etranger, Pieces De Viole Du IV Livre, 1717 (2006) {2CD Set, Alia Vox AVSA 9851}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (image)+CUE+LOG -> 576 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 257 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 630 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2006 Alia Vox | AVSA 9851 A+B | DSD mastering
Classical / Chamber Music / Baroque

French composer Marin Marais (1656-1728) was remarkably prolific, writing nearly 600 compositions for viola da gamba, as well as many operas. One of his major collections of music for the gamba is Suitte d'un Gôut Etranger, a collection of 33 short works written, according to the composer, "to stretch the skill of those who do not like easy pieces." Jordi Savall, the most acclaimed gamba player of the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries, who is responsible for bringing many of Marais' works to light, plays with extraordinary virtuosity and expressiveness.
Jordi Savall - Marin Marais: Pieces de viole du Second Livre, 1701 (2003)

Jordi Savall - Marin Marais: Pièces de viole du Second Livre, 1701 (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 422 Mb | Total time: 66:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: AliaVox | # AVSA9872 | Recorded: 2003

Like many of his contemporaries, Marin Marais has paid the price of his proximity to some outstandingly brilliant musicians. Between Lully and Rameau we can still cite Charpentier, Delalande, Campra and François Couperin. But what about the others? The Destouches, Mouret and Marais pale beside the stars of a fertile era which was rocked by controversy. The school of harpsichordists and organists, who were no match for Lully’s vocal art, are still represented in the repertoire of present-day performers: D’Anglebert, Lebègue, Dandrieu, Grigny and Clérambault are still played on our instruments. But Marin Marais had the misfortune not only to compose operas in Lully’s domain, but also to devote the bulk of his art to an instrument which was being eclipsed by the advance of the violin family… namely, the VIOLA DA GAMBA or the BASS VIOL. And it is only recently that we have rediscovered the specific manner of playing this instrument as well as the composers who wrote for it.
Jean-Louis Charbonnier - Marin Marais: Pièces de Viole, Troisième Livre (1711) - Deuxième Partie (2006)

Jean-Louis Charbonnier, Paul Rousseau, Mauricio Buraglia, Pierre Trocellier - Marin Marais: Pièces de Viole: Troisième Livre (1711) - Deuxième Partie (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 620 Mb | Total time: 71:24+50:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pierre Verany | # PV706011/12 | Recorded: 2004

Le Troisième Livre de Pièces de Viole (1711) « composées par M. Marais, Ordinaire de la musique de la Chambre du Roy » outre le fait qu’elles sont composées pendant les dix années les plus prolifiques de son compositeur, montre parfaitement le style français du début du XVIIIe siècle. Reconnu, il est joué dans toutes les cours d’Europe, où l’on s’imprègne du « goût français ». Si la majorité des morceaux sont issus de la danse, avec des sarabandes, menuets, gigues, allemandes, préludes ou fantaisies, s’y ajoutent des pièces plus originales ne provenant pas de ce domaine : une Fugue gay, le Moulinet, la Saillie du Café, les Contrefaiseurs…
Mieneke van der Velden, Wieland Kuijken, Fred Jacobs - Marin Marais: Dialogues (2015)

Mieneke van der Velden, Wieland Kuijken, Fred Jacobs - Marin Marais: Dialogues (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 323 Mb | Total time: 57:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ramée | # RAM1407 | Recorded: 2014

A noteworthy fact: Marais, in his five books of Pièces de viole, published only two suites for two viols and continuo. Aside from the two suites for three viols (Book IV), all the other pieces are intended for the solo instrument with accompaniment of harpsichord, theorbo or a second viol in different combinations.
Herve Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marin Marais: Semele (2008)

Herve Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marin Marais: Sémélé (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 695 Mb | Total time: 75:59+61:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # 921614 | Recorded: 2007

For his latest recording directing Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet has revived Sémélé by Marin Marais – the final opera by one of the leading composers from the reign of Louis XIV. Known above all for his compositions for the viola da gamba, Marais the composer was at the same time the author of a number of tragédies lyriques which he wrote for the Académie royale de Musique. Even to this day it has only been Alcyone which has attracted the attention of music lovers and musicians. Yet Sémélé – first performed in 1709 – arrives now full of music to charm and seduce the listener: a sparkling prologue honouring Bacchus, a set of arias with a freshly-minted appeal, a marvellously inventive diabolical scene, divertissements rich in character; all this leading up to an earthquake scene memorably anticipating the later work of Rameau. For all lovers of glorious baroque music, here is now the opportunity to discover and enjoy a masterpiece which has lain in theshadows for the last three centuries.
Ensemble Spirale, Marianne Muller - Marin Marais: Les Folies d'Espagne, Suite en mi, Le Labyrinthe (2006)

Ensemble Spirale, Marianne Muller - Marin Marais: Les Folies d'Espagne, Suite en mi, Le Labyrinthe (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:01:12 | 325 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Zig Zag Territoires | Catalog: ZZT060801

A veteran of Jordi Savall's Hespèrion XX and XXI, gambaist Marianne Muller makes her Zig Zag Territories debut with this disc of music by the great French Baroque composer Marin Marais. The repertoire is daunting: the ingenious and evocative Le Labyrinthe, the 32 virtuoso variations on Les Folies d'Espagne, and the 12-movement Suite in E minor from Marais' Second Book of Pièces de viole. These are works that require not just virtuosity, stamina, intense expressivity, and soulful beauty of tone.
La Rêveuse, Benjamin Perrot & Florence Bolton - Marin Marais: Pièces de viole (2018) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

La Rêveuse, Benjamin Perrot & Florence Bolton - Marin Marais: Pièces de viole (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 63:21 minutes | 1.11 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Marin Marais possesses the grace, elegance and wit so appealing in the goût français of the eighteenth century. The character pieces of his last two books depict portraits, landscapes and little genre scenes in painterly fashion, and are an unsurpassed highpoint of the viol repertory.
La Rêveuse, Benjamin Perrot & Florence Bolton - Marin Marais: Pièces de viole (2018)

La Rêveuse, Benjamin Perrot & Florence Bolton - Marin Marais: Pièces de viole (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 392 MB
Label: Mirare | Tracks: 18 | Time: 63:21 min

Marin Marais possesses the grace, elegance and wit so appealing in the goût français of the eighteenth century. The character pieces of his last two books depict portraits, landscapes and little genre scenes in painterly fashion, and are an unsurpassed highpoint of the viol repertory.
François Joubert-Caillet, L'Achéron - Marin Marais: Premier Livre de Pièces de Viole [4CDs] (2017)

François Joubert-Caillet, L'Achéron - Marin Marais: Premier Livre de Pièces de Viole (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.24 Gb | Total time: 04:16:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC 379 | Recorded: 2015-2016

Here is the start of a great adventure: the complete recording of the five books of pièces de viole of Marin Marais. The First Book, published in 1686, contains a dozen suites, two of which are scored for two bass viols and continuo. It also features a very moving Tombeau for ‘Monsieur Méliton’, probably one of Marais’s teachers, and a set of variations on a theme given to the composer by an ‘estranger’, which foreshadows one of the principal compositions of his Second Book, the Couplets des Folies d’Espagne.
Mieneke van der Velden, Fred Jacobs - Marin Marais: Images (2013)

Mieneke van der Velden, Fred Jacobs - Marin Marais: Images (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 340 Mb | Total time: 66:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ramée | # RAM1205 | Recorded: 2011

Marin Marais, the most outstanding composer for the viola da gamba, was a master in the writing of so-called Pièces de Caractère, in which he called upon the most diverse subjects for inspiration: La Désolée (the desolate), La Guitare, Feste Champêtre (country fair), Le Tableau de l’Opération de la Taille (a description of a gallstone operation!) and so on. The choice of 'Images' in Marais’ five books of Pièces de violes is endless. A program full of worship, grandeur and sadness.