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Works For Two And Three Viols / Hantai, Uemura


Release Date: 01/13/2008 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 82082   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Marin MaraisAntoine ForquerayChristopher SimpsonMatthew Locke,   ... 
Performer:  Kaori UemuraAlix VerzierJérôme HantaïPierre Hantaï
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length:  2 Hours 15 Mins. 

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CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

To start with, the music is just brilliant. Marais was considered by far the best player of the viola da gamba, whom only Forqueray could equal. The music Marais composed for his own instrument is the only surviving evidence of his unsurpassed skills. Most of these pieces were written to be performed by himself. The second disc brings a cross-section of his output for viola da gamba and bc. In those days it was left to the performer to put together a suite from pieces in a particular collection. Jérôme Hantaï has done extremely well. We encounter pieces of great expression, like the sarabandes and the Plainte from the Third Book. A nice contrast is provided by the more playful and theatrical pieces, like the three Read more 'muzettes' (Pieces in G) and the 'Charivary' from the Third Book.

Less common is the programme of the first disc as it presents pieces for two and three bass viols. Scoring for three viols, was not uncommon in the English renaissance - albeit without basso continuo - but rather rare in France. The first book of pieces for solo viol contains music for two viols, originally without a basso continuo, which Marais published separately three years after the publication of the first book. The fourth book includes some pieces for three viols, which are not treated equally, though: the third viol mostly participates in the basso continuo. The same is the case with the compositions for three viols by Forqueray. These were discovered not long before this recording was made.

The second reason for recommending this release is the interpretation, which is excellent. The ensemble playing is of the highest level, and there is no shortage of expression and virtuosity. The ornamentation is exquisite, and the less serious aspect of Marais's music - for instance in the musettes mentioned above - is well explored. Occasionally, for example in the first half of the Suite in D minor, which starts the second disc, I felt that the performance was rather inhibited. But otherwise these performances, full of warmth and passion, capture the character of Marais's music quite brilliantly.

-- Johan van Veen, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Pièces de viole, Book 4: Suite no 2 "Pièces à une et trois violes" by Marin Marais
Performer:  Kaori Uemura (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Alix Verzier (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Jérôme Hantaï (Bass Viola Da Gamba),
Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord)
2.
Pièces de viole, Book 1: Suite no 4 in G major - Le Tombeau de M Meliton by Marin Marais
Performer:  Kaori Uemura (Bass viol), Jérôme Hantaï (Bass viol), Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1689; Paris, France 
3.
Pièce à trois violes in D minor by Antoine Forqueray
Performer:  Alix Verzier (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Jérôme Hantaï (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Kaori Uemura (Bass Viola Da Gamba),
Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; France 
4.
Pièces de viole, Book 1: Suite for 2 Bass Viols in G major by Marin Marais
Performer:  Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord), Kaori Uemura (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Jérôme Hantaï (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
5.
Division on a Ground in F by Christopher Simpson
Performer:  Jérôme Hantaï (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Kaori Uemura (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
6.
Duos (12) in Suites (4) for 2 Bass Viola da gambas: no 4 in C major by Matthew Locke
Performer:  Jérôme Hantaï (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Kaori Uemura (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1652; England 
7.
Concerto for 2 Viols no 44 "Tombeau Les regrets" by Jean de Sainte-Colombe
Performer:  Jérôme Hantaï (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Kaori Uemura (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
8.
Les goûts réunis, ou Nouveaux concerts: no 13 in G major by François Couperin
Performer:  Jérôme Hantaï (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Kaori Uemura (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
9.
Suite in D major by Matthew Locke
Performer:  Jérôme Hantaï (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Kaori Uemura (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Baroque 
10.
Duetto in D minor by Christoph Schaffrath
Performer:  Jérôme Hantaï (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Kaori Uemura (Bass Viola Da Gamba)

Sound Samples

Suite à 3 violes en ré majeur (Livre IV): Prélude
Suite à 3 violes en ré majeur (Livre IV): Allemande
Suite à 3 violes en ré majeur (Livre IV): Courante
Suite à 3 violes en ré majeur (Livre IV): Sarabande
Suite à 3 violes en ré majeur (Livre IV): Gigue
Suite à 3 violes en ré majeur (Livre IV): Gavotte
Suite à 3 violes en ré majeur (Livre IV): Petite Paysanne
Suite à 3 violes en ré majeur (Livre IV): Rondeau
Suite à 3 violes en ré majeur (Livre IV): Menuet
Tombeau de Mr.Méliton (Livre I)
Pièces à 3 violes en ré majeur: I. (without tempo)
Pièces à 3 violes en ré majeur: II. Courante
Pièces à 3 violes en ré majeur: III. Sarabande
Suite à 2 violes in sol majeur (Livre I): Prélude
Suite à 2 violes in sol majeur (Livre I): Allemande
Suite à 2 violes in sol majeur (Livre I): Courante
Suite à 2 violes in sol majeur (Livre I): Sarabande
Suite à 2 violes in sol majeur (Livre I): Gavotte en rondeau
Suite à 2 violes in sol majeur (Livre I): Chaconne
Divisions in F major
Suite in C major: Fatazie - Courant
Suite in C major: Fantazie - Saraband
Concert XLIV: les Regrets
XIII concert à deux instruments à l'unisson: Vivement
XIII concert à deux instruments à l'unisson: Air: agréablement
XIII concert à deux instruments à l'unisson: Sarabande: tendrement
XIII concert à deux instruments à l'unisson: Chaconne légère
Suite in D major: Courant
Suite in D major: Saraband
XII concert à deux violes, ou autres instruments à l'unisson: Pointé - coulé
XII concert à deux violes, ou autres instruments à l'unisson: Bandinage
XII concert à deux violes, ou autres instruments à l'unisson: Lentement et pathétiquement
XII concert à deux violes, ou autres instruments à l'unisson: Air: gracieusement et légèrement
Concert XLI: le Tetour
Duetto in D minor: Poco allegro
Duetto in D minor: Adagio
Duetto in D minor: Allegro

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