Jean-Louis Charbonnier / Paul Rousseau

Marin Marais: Premier Livre, Première partie

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The viol music of Marin Marais, introduced to the general public via the largely fictional film Tous les Matins du Monde, which focused on his relationship with his teacher, the mysterious and obscure Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe. In real life Marais was just about as obscure as Sainte-Colombe, at least from the modern perspective, and his large output is generally presented in single instances. This release by a quartet of French Baroque instrument players is part of a complete survey of Marais' music, and one can understand the desire for such a thing, which is one way to comprehend the detailed, arcane world of French viol music is total immersion. For those interested in this line of inquiry, this two-disc set will fill the bill. The performances by viol players Jean-Louis Charbonnier and Paul Rousseau are straightforward, even if they may leave you wishing for the melancholy Jordi Savall brought to the music of Sainte-Colombe in the film. These works, from early in Marais' career, are suites for one or two viols; they were published in versions with and without continuo, and the musicians play them both ways, which makes sense. For the general listener interested in a sampling, other releases in the series might make more sense than this large sequence of dance suites; Marais wrote some vivid representational music (including one work depicting gall bladder surgery, complete with the patient's screams). But this is full competent, albeit marred by over-intimate sound. Booklet notes are in French only.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Suite en ré mineur No. 1 (Viole seule)
1 03:42 Amazon
2 00:55 Amazon
3 03:01 Amazon
4 01:29 Amazon
5 02:18 Amazon
6 05:09 Amazon
7 01:17 Amazon
8 01:19 Amazon
Suite en ré mineur No. 1 (Viole & théorbe)
9 02:29 Amazon
10 00:54 Amazon
11 02:53 Amazon
12 02:55 Amazon
13 02:11 Amazon
14 01:46 Amazon
15 03:35 Amazon
16 01:18 Amazon
Suite en ré mineur No. 1 (2 Violes, théorbe & clavecin)
17 02:36 Amazon
18 00:49 Amazon
19 05:52 Amazon
20 03:03 Amazon
21 02:46 Amazon
22 04:13 Amazon
23 01:09 Amazon
24 03:32 Amazon
25 01:08 Amazon
26 00:38 Amazon
27 01:13 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Suite en ré majeur No. 2 (2 Violes & clavecin)
1 01:18 Amazon
2 01:22 Amazon
3 05:11 Amazon
4 03:24 Amazon
5 02:37 Amazon
6 01:52 Amazon
7 01:46 Amazon
8 01:11 Amazon
9 06:30 Amazon
Suite en ré majeur No. 2 (Viole seule)
10 01:46 Amazon
11 01:16 Amazon
12 02:59 Amazon
13 01:32 Amazon
14 01:59 Amazon
15 01:57 Amazon
16 00:50 Amazon
17 00:47 Amazon
18 02:47 Amazon
Suite en ré majeur No. 4 (2 Violes, théorbe & clavecin)
19 01:40 Amazon
20 01:36 Amazon
21 04:45 Amazon
22 01:19 Amazon
23 02:42 Amazon
24 03:12 Amazon
25 02:01 Amazon
26 01:43 Amazon
27 06:31 Amazon
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