Jérôme Hantaï / Alix Verzier / Pierre Hantaï

Marin Marais: Pièces de viole

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Two discs filled with 60 pieces of nonpareil Pièces de viole by the magnificent Marin Marais arranged in four suites and four sets and performed by the trio of bass violist Jérôme Hantaï and Alix Verzier and harpsichordist Pierre Hantaï: what more could any fan of the composer or the instrument want? And, indeed, there is nothing left wanting in these performances. Hantaï and Verzier both display adroit virtuosity, possess warm tones but distinctive approaches, and share a telepathic sense of interplay, all excellent qualities in these intimate chamber works. Brother Pierre Hantaï on the keyboard sticks with them throughout, following them even in the most tempo rubato-saturated Sarabande. The lion's share of the pieces here are in the standard stylized Baroque dance forms, but Marais' expressive melodies, pungent harmonies, and highly individual take on the forms make each piece unique. Though not perhaps the first Marais disc the unfamiliar listener ought to try -- surely one by Jordi Savall, the supreme master of the instrument, ought to be first -- this two-disc set is well worth hearing by everyone who admires these inestimable pieces. Virgin's digital sound is deep, rich, and inviting.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Suite for viola da gamba & continuo in C minor (Pièces de viole, Book III, Nos. 123-134)
1 02:05 Amazon
2 01:27 Amazon
3 02:58 Amazon
4 01:24 Amazon
5 03:16 Amazon
6 01:52 Amazon
7 02:12 Amazon
8 01:02 Amazon
9 03:29 Amazon
Suite for viola da gamba & continuo in G minor (Pièces de viole, Book III, Nos. 76-91)
10 02:18 Amazon
11 01:04 Amazon
12 02:05 Amazon
13 03:20 Amazon
14 03:08 Amazon
Suite for viola da gamba & continuo in A major (Pièces de viole, Book III, Nos. 14-25 )
15 02:23 Amazon
16 01:45 Amazon
17 01:30 Amazon
18 03:11 Amazon
19 01:31 Amazon
20 03:23 Amazon
21 02:18 Amazon
22 02:31 Amazon
23 01:28 Amazon
24 04:32 Amazon
Suite for viola da gamba & continuo in F major (Pièces de viole, Book III, Nos. 26-39 )
25 02:18 Amazon
26 02:03 Amazon
27 03:15 Amazon
28 03:37 Amazon
29 01:31 Amazon
30 03:09 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:07 Amazon
2 04:09 Amazon
3 01:28 Amazon
4 02:56 Amazon
5 01:29 Amazon
6 01:50 Amazon
7 02:54 Amazon
8 00:36 Amazon
9 04:08 Amazon
10 02:00 Amazon
11 02:23 Amazon
Gigues et Basses varié (2), for viola da gamba & continuo in D major (Pièces de viole, Book III, Nos. 46-47)
12 01:29 Amazon
13 04:43 Amazon
14 02:09 Amazon
15 01:56 Amazon
16 01:13 Amazon
Allemande et double, for viola da gamba & continuo in G major (Pièces de viole, Book III, Nos. 94-95)
17 02:17 Amazon
18 01:57 Amazon
19 01:49 Amazon
20 03:18 Amazon
21 00:54 Amazon
22 01:27 Amazon
23 02:50 Amazon
24 01:59 Amazon
25 00:45 Amazon
26 01:27 Amazon
27 01:12 Amazon
28 01:00 Amazon
29 02:04 Amazon
30 02:27 Amazon
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