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[the Versailles Collection] - The Sun King's Paradise & Les Elemens / Palladian Ensemble


Release Date: 08/01/2008 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 323   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean-Féry RebelEstienne Le MoineMarin Marais
Performer:  William CarterRachel PodgerPamela ThorbySusanne Heinrich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reviews from the original recordings which make up this set:

The Sun's King's Paradise
The music on this charming CD comes from the time of Louis XIV (1643-1715), often referred to as the Sun King. It is music of dalliance, yet contains great subtlety; and it is music meant to entertain the upper classes while making no particular social statement. Of particular interest is the suite by Jean-Féry Rebel, which is a synthesis of popular dances of the time. This concise nine-and-one-half-minute work presents a time capsule revue of more than a dozen dance forms, including corrente, menuet, sarabande, and gigue, all played without interruption by recorder, violin, bass viol, and theorbo. By contrast, a more
Read more melancholy side of the era emerges in Etienne Le Moine's Chaconne, a theorbo solo played with exceptional sensitivity by William Carter. The performances throughout are stylish and sensitive and the recorded sound close up and clear. Those listeners looking for a representative collection of music from this era will find that this CD fills the bill handsomely.

--Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com

Les Elemens
This disc is "authentic" in two senses: in the selection of instruments as well as in the arrangement of the works for domestic performance. Actually, as the notes correctly point out, Rebel's full score doesn't really exist, so all versions are arrangements even though we know that he wrote the original for orchestra. Any suspicion that "Le Cahos" (Chaos) is going to lose some of its bite when played by recorder, violin, bass viol, and theorbo will be instantly dispelled on hearing the first chord, which nearly sent me through the ceiling. Still, I miss the tang of brass and percussion in the Tambourins and the silky tone of massed violins in the Air pour les Violins, however expert the playing on offer. This is simply a question of individual taste.

On the other hand, in the Marais Suite in A minor, drawn from a variety of pieces for one or two viols, the presence of the recorder enhances the music's color and charm, and the program rises to a truly triumphant conclusion with a brilliantly sustained romp through the composer's Folies d'Espagne. Best of all, Linn's sonics perfectly capture both the vivacity and intimacy of the performances, especially in multichannel format, where the players really do seem to be right in the room with you. You really can imagine yourself taking part in a convivial evening of Baroque music making, featuring the greatest hits of the day--and getting a naughty thrill at Rebel's startlingly dissonant representation of chaos. This is music for fun, and the performances fully convey its pleasures and delights.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Les caractères de la danse by Jean-Féry Rebel
Performer:  William Carter (Theorbo), Rachel Podger (Violin), Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1715; Paris, France 
Length: 9 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2.
Prelude by Estienne Le Moine
Performer:  William Carter (Theorbo), Rachel Podger (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
3.
Chaconne by Estienne Le Moine
Performer:  Rachel Podger (Violin), William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Length: 5 Minutes 46 Secs. 
4.
Pièces de viole, Book 2: Suite no 8 in E minor - Tombeau pour M de Sainte-Colombe by Marin Marais
Performer:  Rachel Podger (Violin), Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba), William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1701; Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
5.
Pièces de viole, Book 5: Suite in D major - Prélude by Marin Marais
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba), Rachel Podger (Violin), William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
6.
Pièces de viole, Book 5: Suite in D major - Sarabande by Marin Marais
Performer:  William Carter (Theorbo), Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba), Rachel Podger (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
7.
Pièces de viole, Book 5: Suite in D major - Rondeau "Le Brilliant" by Marin Marais
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba), Rachel Podger (Violin), William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
8.
Suite in D major: Prélude by Marin Marais
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba), Rachel Podger (Violin), Pamela Thorby (Recorder),
William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
9.
Suite in D major: Sarabande by Marin Marais
Performer:  Pamela Thorby (Recorder), William Carter (Theorbo), Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba),
Rachel Podger (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
10.
Suite in D major: Fantaisie Champêtre by Marin Marais
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba), William Carter (Theorbo), Pamela Thorby (Recorder),
Rachel Podger (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 52 Secs. 
11.
Suite in D major: Gavotte et double by Marin Marais
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba), Rachel Podger (Violin), Pamela Thorby (Recorder),
William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
12.
Suite in D major: Gigue by Marin Marais
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba), Rachel Podger (Violin), Pamela Thorby (Recorder),
William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
13.
Suite in D major: Bransle de Village by Marin Marais
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba), Rachel Podger (Violin), Pamela Thorby (Recorder),
William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
14.
Suite in D major: Rigaudon by Marin Marais
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba), Pamela Thorby (Recorder), Rachel Podger (Violin),
William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
15.
Suite in D major: Menuets 1-4 by Marin Marais
Performer:  Pamela Thorby (Recorder), Rachel Podger (Violin), Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba),
William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
16.
Suite in D major: Symphonie by Marin Marais
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba), Pamela Thorby (Recorder), Rachel Podger (Violin),
William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
17.
Les élémens: 3rd movement, Chaconne by Jean-Féry Rebel
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba), Rachel Podger (Violin), Pamela Thorby (Recorder),
William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
18.
Les élémens: 4th movement, Ramage by Jean-Féry Rebel
Performer:  Pamela Thorby (Recorder), William Carter (Theorbo), Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba),
Rachel Podger (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
19.
Les élémens: 5th movement, Rossignols by Jean-Féry Rebel
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba), Rachel Podger (Violin), Pamela Thorby (Recorder),
William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
20.
Les élémens: 6th movement, Loure no 2 by Jean-Féry Rebel
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba), Rachel Podger (Violin), Pamela Thorby (Recorder),
William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
21.
Les élémens: 7th movement, Tambourin no 1 and 2 by Jean-Féry Rebel
Performer:  Pamela Thorby (Recorder), Rachel Podger (Violin), Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba),
William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
22.
Les élémens: 10th movement, Caprice by Jean-Féry Rebel
Performer:  Rachel Podger (Violin), Pamela Thorby (Recorder), Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba),
William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
23.
Pièces de viole, Book 3: Suite no 1 in A minor - Prelude by Marin Marais
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba), Rachel Podger (Violin), William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
24.
Pièces de viole, Book 2: Fantaisie by Marin Marais
Performer:  William Carter (Theorbo), Rachel Podger (Violin), Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1701; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
25.
Pièces de viole, Book 1: Suite no 4 in G major - Le Tombeau de M Meliton by Marin Marais
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba), Rachel Podger (Violin), William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1689; Paris, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 3 Secs. 
26.
Pièces de viole, Book 5: Suite in A minor - Rondeau moitié pincé et moitié coup d'archet by Marin Marais
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba), Rachel Podger (Violin), William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1725; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
27.
Pièces de viole, Book 1: Suite no 2 in D major - Chaconne by Marin Marais
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba), Rachel Podger (Violin), William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1689; Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
28.
Pièces de viole, Book 5: Suite no 6 in G major - Le petit badinage by Marin Marais
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba), Rachel Podger (Violin), William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1725; Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
29.
Pièces de viole, Book 5: Suite no 6 in G major - Rondeau le Troilleur by Marin Marais
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba), Rachel Podger (Violin), William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1725; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
30.
Pièces de viole, Book 2: Suite no 1 in A minor - Les folies d'Espagne by Marin Marais
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba), Rachel Podger (Violin), William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1701; Paris, France 
Length: 14 Minutes 32 Secs. 
31.
Pièces de viole, Book 3: Suite in G major - Caprice "très vivement" by Marin Marais
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Viola da gamba), Rachel Podger (Violin), William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 

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