Sunday, 9 March 2008

74. Marin Marais - Pièces de Viole, quatrième livre ( 1717)


Title: Suitte d'un Gout Etranger
Performers: Christophe Coin, Christophe Rousset
Year: 1996
Length: 75 minutes


I got introduced to the wonderful world of the viol by the great Jordi Savall and his recordings of Marin Marais, Couperin, Monsieur De Sainte-Colombe etc. Actually the first date I had with my wife when we started going out was a concert by Jordi Savall in Lisbon. So as you can imagine this has been going on for a while.

This recording is not by Savall, even if he is probably the most prolific recorder of French viol music. Still, it is equally good stuff, and Marais is an amazing composer.

The sound of the viol is possibly one of the most beautiful sounds that you can take form a stringed instrument, and in the hands of a skilled performer it sounds like nothing else. Highly Recommended.

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Titon du Tillet included Marais in Le Parnasse françois, making the following comments on two of his pieces:

A piece from his fourth book entitled The Labyrinth, which passes through various keys, strikes various dissonances and notes the uncertainty of a man caught in a labyrinth through serious and then quick passages; he comes out of it happily and finishes with a gracious and natural chaconne. But he surprised musical connoisseurs even more successfully with his pieces called La Gamme [The Scale], which is a piece de symphonie that imperceptibly ascends the steps of the octave; one then descends, thereby going through harmonious songs and melodious tones, the various sounds of music.

L'Arabesque in an excerpt from the great film on the life of Marin Marais, Tous Le Matins Du Monde :

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