Too cool, too ironic, and far too objective, it is impossible to recommend this recording of excerpts from Marin Marais' Suitte d'un goût étranger by gambist Christophe Coin and harpsichordist Christophe Rousset. Although Coin has proved himself a superb period instrument player in dozens of solo and ensemble recordings, he seems strangely unsympathetic to the music of Marais. And although Rousset has demonstrated his superlative musicianship in dozens of recordings as a harpsichordist and a conductor, he seems oddly uninvolved with the music of Marais. Where the music wants fantasy, Coin and Rousset give it pedantry. Where the music wants drollery, Coin and Rousset give it dryness. Where the music wants tenderness, Coin and Rousset give it terseness. Now as always, Jordi Savall and Ton Koopman's recording of excerpts from the Suitte d'un goût éstranger is the ne plus ultra in Marais' recordings. Coin and Rousset are only so-so. Decca's sound is more than a bit too warm and far too overly reverberant.
AllMusic Review by James Leonard
|Suitte d'un gout etranger, for viola da gamba & continuo (Pièces de viole, Book IV, Nos. 55B-87)|