Two years after the re-release on CD of Jordi Savall and Wieland Kuijken's 1976 recording of five Concerts à deux violes esgales du sieur de Sainte-Colombe, Astree followed it up with a second disc of five more Concerts by the mysterious composer. As doleful and sorrowful as the first disc, Savall and Kuijken's disc was re-released in 2002, two years after the re-release of the first disc. May it always be so: Sainte-Colombe's music may be too melancholy for most people but for those to whom it speaks, it is the only thing to offer consolation when the Cello Suites of Bach will no longer do. In these five Concerts, Savall and Kuijken once again plumb the depths of Sainte-Colombe's music, finding the depths of sadness and despair that make the music so compelling. Although there is more of what might be called "cheerful" music on this disc -- La Rougeville is nearly lighthearted in its tone and content -- there is still plenty of gloomy music, including the superlative "Le tendre," with is dark Sarabande and its bleak "Menuet du tendre." Astree's original digital sound was deep and rich and the reissued sound is as deep and as rich.
AllMusic Review by James Leonard