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Marais: Trios Pour Le Coucher Du Roy / Pierlot, Ricercar Consort

Marais / Ricercar Consort / Pierlot
Release Date: 10/12/2010 
Label:  Ricercar   Catalog #: 298   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Marin Marais
Conductor:  Philippe Pierlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MARAIS Pièces en Trio: Trios pour le coucher du Roy Ricercar Consort RICERCAR 298 (2 CDs: 138:19)


This collection of Marais’ music was published in 1692 as “Trio Pieces for flutes, violins and dessus de viole,” the dessus being the second smallest of the viola de gamba family. (There was a pardessus de viole.) The notes here call this music “a totally different side of Marin Marais’ work,” for he composed these dance movements not for himself but for his companions, Read more the musicians of the Chambre du Roi. The (relative) popularity of his viol music is the reason I have a stack of Marais by gamba players such as Jordi Savall, but none of this music. So the Ricercar Consort’s collection should be a welcome addition to many libraries. The consort is composed of pairs of higher and lower viols, violins, flutes both transverse and à bec, which are accompanied variously by guitar or theorbo and harpsichord. I think it’s amusing to think of the king, any king, being enticed to sleep by dances, especially by such vigorous, cheerful stomps as the Bransle de village , but then there was little about France’s monarchs that wasn’t strange, and that little innocent dance is as appealing as anything here. The music reproduced consists of five suites of nine or 10 movements. It can be plaintive, sway sweetly, or, more rarely, bounce along blithely. Much of the music seems gravely decorous. It is played beautifully, the pairs of flutes providing a lovely texture over the strings and harpsichord. I don’t know any other recordings of these works, so it is easy to recommend this collection to interested parties.


FANFARE: Michael Ullman
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Works on This Recording

1.
Pièces en trio: Suite no 2a in G minor by Marin Marais
Conductor:  Philippe Pierlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1692; Paris, France 
2.
Pièces en trio: Suite no 1 in C major by Marin Marais
Conductor:  Philippe Pierlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1692; Paris, France 
3.
Pièces en trio: Suite no 5 in E minor by Marin Marais
Conductor:  Philippe Pierlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1692; Paris, France 
4.
Pièces en trio: Suite no 4a in B flat major by Marin Marais
Conductor:  Philippe Pierlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1692; Paris, France 
5.
Pièces en trio: Suite no 2b in G minor by Marin Marais
Conductor:  Philippe Pierlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1692; Paris, France 
6.
Pièces en trio: Suite no 3a in D major by Marin Marais
Conductor:  Philippe Pierlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1692; Paris, France 
7.
Pièces en trio: Suite no 6a in C minor by Marin Marais
Conductor:  Philippe Pierlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1692; Paris, France 

Featured Sound Samples

Pièces en trio: Suite no 1 in C: V. Loure
Pièces en trio: Suite no 2a in G minor: V. Rondeau
Pièces en trio: Suite no 4 in B flat: I. Prélude

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