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Marais: Pieces De Viole / Savall, Koopman, Smith, Coin, Gallet

Marais / Savall / Coin / Gallet / Koopman
Release Date: 02/08/2011 
Label:  Alia Vox   Catalog #: 9872  
Composer:  Marin Marais
Performer:  Christophe CoinTon KoopmanJordi SavallHopkinson Smith,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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MARAIS Pièces de Viole des 5 Livres: 1686, 1701, 1711, 1717, 1725 Jordi Savall, Christophe Coin (vl); Ton Koopman, Anne Gallet (hpd); Hopkinson Smith (thb, gtr) ALIA VOX 9872 A/E (5 CDs: 264:30)


Recorded between 1975 (the Second Book) and 1992 (the Third), these performances aren’t necessarily Jordi Savall’s last word on the marvelous viol music of Marin Marais. He has since recorded more music from the Second Book, for instance, and rerecorded one of its suites. But Read more the recordings in this five-disc collection are the ones that brought Savall fame and that revived interest in the composer. More importantly, the recordings are wonderfully played and vibrantly recorded. Where I can compare Savall then and now, I find that the older tempos are slightly faster, as if he then wanted to emphasize the dance and now the pathos of the music. But the change is not so radical or consistent as that. No book is, as I understand it, complete here. Marais wrote approximately 700 pieces for viol that survive. The books have different characters. The third, for instance, has Marais’ response to the criticism that his first two books were for virtuosos. He claims that the Third Book includes easy pieces. I am particularly taken with the music from the Fourth Book, which Marais published as illustrating a foreign taste. The pieces here are fancifully titled; the selection begins with Marche Tartare . There’s the (obviously) turbulent and virtuosic Le Tourbillon, played by Savall almost recklessly. Other listeners will have other favorites. What is safe to say is that this box, some of which has been reviewed in these pages before, is the best introduction to the range of Marais’ viol music and that it is not likely to be soon equaled.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Pièces de viole, Book 1: Suite in D minor by Marin Marais
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Ton Koopman (Harpsichord), Jordi Savall (Bass Viola Da Gamba),
Hopkinson Smith (Theorbo)
2.
Pièces de viole, Book 1: Chaconne in G major by Marin Marais
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Hopkinson Smith (Theorbo), Ton Koopman (Harpsichord),
Jordi Savall (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Baroque 
3.
Pièces de viole, Book 1: Suite in G major by Marin Marais
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Ton Koopman (Harpsichord), Jordi Savall (Bass Viola Da Gamba),
Hopkinson Smith (Theorbo)
4.
Pièces de viole, Book 2: Suite no 1 in A minor - Les folies d'Espagne by Marin Marais
Performer:  Anne Gallet (Harpsichord), Ton Koopman (Harpsichord), Jordi Savall (Bass Viola Da Gamba),
Hopkinson Smith (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1701; Paris, France 
5.
Pièces de viole, Book 2: Suite no 4 in B minor - Les voix humaines by Marin Marais
Performer:  Anne Gallet (Harpsichord), Jordi Savall (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Hopkinson Smith (Theorbo),
Ton Koopman (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1701; Paris, France 
6.
Pièces de viole, Book 2: Suite in B minor by Marin Marais
Performer:  Anne Gallet (Harpsichord), Hopkinson Smith (Theorbo), Jordi Savall (Bass Viola Da Gamba),
Ton Koopman (Harpsichord)
7.
Pièces de viole, Book 3: Suite no 1 in A minor by Marin Marais
Performer:  Ton Koopman (Harpsichord), Jordi Savall (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Hopkinson Smith (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; Paris, France 
8.
Pièces de viole, Book 3: Suite no 4 in D major by Marin Marais
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Hopkinson Smith (Theorbo), Ton Koopman (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
9.
Pièces de viole, Book 3: Suite no 7 in G major by Marin Marais
Performer:  Ton Koopman (Harpsichord), Jordi Savall (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Hopkinson Smith (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
10.
Pièces de viole, Book 4: Suite no 7 "d'un goût étranger" by Marin Marais
Performer:  Ton Koopman (Harpsichord), Hopkinson Smith (Theorbo), Jordi Savall (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1717; Paris, France 
11.
Pièces de viole, Book 5: Suite in G minor by Marin Marais
Performer:  Ton Koopman (Harpsichord), Jordi Savall (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Hopkinson Smith (Theorbo)
12.
Pièces de viole, Book 5: Suite in E minor/major by Marin Marais
Performer:  Ton Koopman (Harpsichord), Jordi Savall (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Hopkinson Smith (Theorbo)

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