François Joubert-Caillet / L'Achéron

Marin Marais: Deuxième Livre de Pièces de Viole

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Following their first volume of Marin Marais' viola da gamba suites on Ricercar, François Joubert-Caillet, and the early music ensemble L'Achéron, present a second volume on five discs, continuing their projected release of all 600 works, which were originally published in 5 books between 1686 and 1725. This thorough-going effort to record all of Marais' oeuvre will thrill devotées of his music, though it is fair to say that casual listeners may be daunted by the full list of 142 tracks in this volume alone, or question the investment of their time and money on a set intended for specialists. The small instrumental group of Joubert-Caillet and Sarah Van Oudenhove on bass viols, Philippe Grisvard on harpsichord, Miguel Henry on theorbo, Vincent Flückiger on guitar, and Angélique Mauillon on harp provide some notion of the variety of sonorities and interpretations, though to avoid the sense of sameness, these Baroque suites may be more appealing in short hearings, where the finer details of execution and the subtle differences in textures and harmonies leave a stronger impression. Other recordings of Marais' viol music can seem amorphous and indistinct due to the highly reverberant acoustics of many church venues. Thanks to the close placement of the microphones and careful mixing, though, this recording in Église Notre-Dame de Centeilles does much to separate the lines and to capture the dotted dance rhythms and accents with clarity and crispness.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
[Suite en si mineur] continuo: harpsichord, bass viol
1 02:43 Amazon
2 00:38 Amazon
3 03:31 Amazon
4 02:36 Amazon
5 01:56 Amazon
6 03:02 Amazon
7 02:43 Amazon
8 01:37 Amazon
9 01:44 Amazon
10 01:17 Amazon
11 00:48 Amazon
12 00:54 Amazon
13 08:37 Amazon
[Suite en sol majeur] continuo: harp, theorbo
14 04:54 Amazon
15 03:02 Amazon
16 03:09 Amazon
17 01:55 Amazon
18 00:38 Amazon
19 00:49 Amazon
20 02:18 Amazon
21 05:12 Amazon
[Suite en ré majeur] continuo: theorbo, guitar)
22 01:58 Amazon
23 01:16 Amazon
24 02:24 Amazon
25 02:33 Amazon
26 02:05 Amazon
27 04:18 Amazon
28 02:15 Amazon
29 01:07 Amazon
30 01:02 Amazon
31 01:35 Amazon
32 04:36 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
[Suite en la majeur] continuo: guitar, theorbo, bass viol
1 02:42 Amazon
2 01:47 Amazon
3 01:44 Amazon
4 03:46 Amazon
5 01:43 Amazon
6 00:56 Amazon
7 01:00 Amazon
8 03:05 Amazon
9 02:21 Amazon
Deuxième Livre de pièces de viole
10 05:57 Amazon
11 00:39 Amazon
12 04:09 Amazon
13 02:23 Amazon
14 03:00 Amazon
15 04:25 Amazon
16 01:38 Amazon
17 01:26 Amazon
18 01:07 Amazon
19 01:03 Amazon
20 02:42 Amazon
21 04:23 Amazon
22 00:41 Amazon
23 02:12 Amazon
[Suite en sol majeur] continuo: guitar, bass viol
24 02:23 Amazon
25 02:33 Amazon
26 02:23 Amazon
27 01:32 Amazon
28 03:53 Amazon
29 02:15 Amazon
30 02:07 Amazon
31 00:43 Amazon
32 00:57 Amazon
33 01:50 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
[Suite en mi mineur] continuo: theorbo, bass viol
1 03:21 Amazon
2 01:21 Amazon
3 02:35 Amazon
4 01:50 Amazon
5 03:58 Amazon
6 02:51 Amazon
7 02:44 Amazon
8 01:08 Amazon
9 03:33 Amazon
10 02:33 Amazon
11 00:46 Amazon
12 00:54 Amazon
13 01:01 Amazon
14 08:56 Amazon
15 03:45 Amazon
[Suite en mi majeur] continuo: harpsichord
16 02:40 Amazon
17 02:35 Amazon
18 02:22 Amazon
19 01:45 Amazon
20 03:03 Amazon
21 06:09 Amazon
22 01:08 Amazon
23 01:43 Amazon
24 01:28 Amazon
25 05:18 Amazon
26 00:46 Amazon
27 00:49 Amazon
28 01:58 Amazon
29 04:52 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Deuxième Livre de pièces de viole
1 02:40 Amazon
2 04:26 Amazon
3 01:35 Amazon
4 03:26 Amazon
5 02:06 Amazon
6 02:03 Amazon
7 01:05 Amazon
8 01:19 Amazon
9 02:01 Amazon
10 01:21 Amazon
11 01:47 Amazon
12 01:36 Amazon
13 01:15 Amazon
14 05:02 Amazon
15 02:21 Amazon
16 05:32 Amazon
17 02:21 Amazon
18 02:49 Amazon
19 01:29 Amazon
20 02:52 Amazon
21 01:38 Amazon
22 01:21 Amazon
23 00:48 Amazon
24 02:40 Amazon
25 05:41 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Deuxième Livre de pièces de viole
1 01:57 Amazon
2 02:45 Amazon
3 03:15 Amazon
4 03:01 Amazon
5 03:04 Amazon
6 01:57 Amazon
7 03:14 Amazon
8 01:13 Amazon
9 01:06 Amazon
10 01:05 Amazon
11 00:53 Amazon
12 04:27 Amazon
13 03:40 Amazon
14 00:56 Amazon
15 03:09 Amazon
16 02:22 Amazon
17 03:37 Amazon
18 02:45 Amazon
19 02:48 Amazon
20 01:15 Amazon
21 01:26 Amazon
22 02:11 Amazon
23 14:56 Amazon
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