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Marais & Sainte-Colombe: The Greatest Masterworks

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  • Composer: Marin Marais, Sainte-Colombe
  • Audio CD (January 28, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000013XP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,864 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The previous author couldn't resist comparing this recording to other recordings by Jordi Savall, and I have to say that I couldn't agree with him/her more. Savall's interpretations, sound, and dynamic are far above that of this recording. I would look into his CD "Tous les Matins du Monde," which includes many of these works and has better quality and spirit. The French Baroque IS a complicated style and few understand it as well as Savall.

One historical note: The viola da gamba was NOT the "predecessor" of the violoncello any more than the recorder was the predecessor of the flute: both instruments developed concurrently, but the gamba fell out of fashion by the Classical period. What a shame!
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This CD is a siblime collection of pieces, when I get tired of squealing metal, industrial sounds, 3 chord punk... I turn to CDs such as this.
The music is splendid, and in fact heart filling. However, I think the recording is "muted" a bit. I think I should "feel" the deeper bass notes on some of the pieces, so I think it may be since NAXOS is more of a budget operation (ah the price is the give away eh).
So, if you are a super audio-phile or uber-classical snob you may find the quality in the recording lacking.
However, if you are beyond only liking Mozart's Eine Kleine Nacht Music and Bach's all too famous Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, this is a refreshing new step to older music. Hard core Barouque for the less fussy classical listener.
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Naxos' mission is to make available to an international audience all significant Classical music compositions at budget price with lesser known but talented artists and high recording quality. This company policy allows the issue and maintenance in their catalog of CDs such as this one, which is a great collection of the music of Marin Marais composed for viola da gamba. Marais was the most popular and prolific of the 17th Century French composers for the Viola da Gamba, an antique predecessor to the cello or bass. Coupled with a harpsichord continuo,this hauntingly beautiful chamber music takes anyone back to a time before the industrial revolution when the rich wore elaborate wigs and clothing, and paid musicians to create music for their ornate parlors.While the performances may or may not be comparable to those on CDs costing about twice as much, for the overwhelming majority of listeners they are of outstanding quality.This and other Naxos discs are an affordable introduction to a style and period of music which offers a unique peacefulness and emotion in music. If this and other Naxos CDs are not good enough, just buy the full-price CDs and have fun comparing them. Take a walk on the baroque side.
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This is an outstanding play of music. The historical musical touch of Marin Marais allows you to relive his great talents of the strings.
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