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Rebel: Les Elemens; Marais / Palladian Ensemble


Release Date: 01/01/2003 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 221   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean-Féry RebelMarin Marais
Performer:  Rodolfo RichterPamela ThorbySusanne HeinrichWilliam Carter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 Read more 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 élémens by Jean-Féry Rebel
Performer:  Rodolfo Richter (Violin), Pamela Thorby (Recorder), Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba),
William Carter (Theorbo), William Carter (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; Paris, France 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 21 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2.
Pièces de viole, Book 3: Suite no 1 in A minor - Prelude by Marin Marais
Performer:  William Carter (Guitar), William Carter (Theorbo), Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba),
Rodolfo Richter (Violin), Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; Paris, France 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
3.
Pièces de viole, Book 2: Fantaisie by Marin Marais
Performer:  William Carter (Guitar), William Carter (Theorbo), Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba),
Rodolfo Richter (Violin), Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1701; Paris, France 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4.
Pièces de viole, Book 1: Suite no 4 in G major - Le Tombeau de M Meliton by Marin Marais
Performer:  William Carter (Theorbo), William Carter (Guitar), Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba),
Rodolfo Richter (Violin), Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1689; Paris, France 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 3 Secs. 
5.
Pièces de viole, Book 5: Suite in A minor - Rondeau moitié pincé et moitié coup d'archet by Marin Marais
Performer:  William Carter (Theorbo), William Carter (Guitar), Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba),
Rodolfo Richter (Violin), Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1725; Paris, France 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
6.
Pièces de viole, Book 1: Suite no 2 in D major - Chaconne by Marin Marais
Performer:  Pamela Thorby (Recorder), Rodolfo Richter (Violin), Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba),
William Carter (Guitar), William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1689; Paris, France 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs. 
7.
Pièces de viole, Book 3 by Marin Marais
Performer:  Pamela Thorby (Recorder), Rodolfo Richter (Violin), Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba),
William Carter (Theorbo), William Carter (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717; Paris, France 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
8.
Pièces de viole, Book 5: Suite no 6 in G major - Le petit badinage by Marin Marais
Performer:  Pamela Thorby (Recorder), Rodolfo Richter (Violin), Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba),
William Carter (Guitar), William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1725; Paris, France 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
9.
Pièces de viole, Book 5: Suite no 6 in G major - Rondeau le Troilleur by Marin Marais
Performer:  Rodolfo Richter (Violin), Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba), Pamela Thorby (Recorder),
William Carter (Theorbo), William Carter (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1725; Paris, France 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
10.
Pièces de viole, Book 2: Suite no 1 in A minor - Les folies d'Espagne by Marin Marais
Performer:  William Carter (Guitar), Rodolfo Richter (Violin), Pamela Thorby (Recorder),
Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba), William Carter (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1701; Paris, France 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 37 Secs. 

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