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Marin Marais: Pièces en trio

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ste in g: Prld
  2. Ste in g: Fant
  3. Ste in g: Sarabande
  4. Ste in g: Rondeau
  5. Ste in g: Gigue
  6. Ste in g: Menuet
  7. Ste in g: Menuet
  8. Ste in g: Passacaille
  9. Ste in B flat: Sym
  10. Ste in B flat: [Sarabande]
  11. Ste in B flat: Air
  12. Ste in B flat: Rondeau
  13. Ste in B flat: Plainte
  14. Ste in B flat: Chaconne
  15. Les Contrefaiseurs
  16. Ste in g: Plainte
  17. Ste in g: Gavotte
  18. Ste in g: Sarabande
  19. Ste in g: Air
  20. Ste in g: Petite Passacaille
  21. Ste in B flat: Prld
  22. Ste in B flat: Caprice
  23. Ste in B flat: Sarabande Grave
  24. Ste in B flat: Gavotte
  25. Ste in B flat: Gigue
  26. Ste in B flat: La Marianne
  27. Ste in B flat: Menuet
  28. Ste in B flat: Menuet
  29. Ste in D: Prld
  30. Ste in D: Sarabande Grave
  31. Ste in D: Gavotte En Rondeau-Double
  32. Ste in D: 1er Menuet
  33. Ste in D: 2e Menuet
  34. Ste in D: Gigue
  35. Ste in D: Sym
  36. Ste in D: Fant Champestre
  37. Ste in D: 3e Menuet
  38. Ste in D: 4e Menuet
  39. Ste in D: Rigaudon
  40. Ste in D: Bransle De Village

Disc: 2

  1. Ste in C: Prld
  2. Ste in C: Sarabande
  3. Ste in C: Loure
  4. Ste in C: Bagatelle
  5. Ste in C: Rondeau
  6. Ste in C: Chaconne
  7. Ste in d: Caprice
  8. Ste in d: Gavotte
  9. Ste in d: Sarabande En Rondeau
  10. Ste in d: Menuet
  11. Ste in C: Fant
  12. Ste in C: Sarabande
  13. Ste in C: Gavotte
  14. Ste in C: Menuet
  15. Ste in C: Autre
  16. Ste in c: Prld
  17. Ste in c: Sarabande Grave
  18. Ste in c: Rondeau
  19. Ste in c: Caprice
  20. Ste in c: Gavotte
  21. Ste in c: Menuet
  22. Ste in c: Autre
  23. Ste in c: Fant
  24. Ste in c: La Desole, Ou Passacaille Lente - Musica Pacifica M
  25. Ste in e: Prld
  26. Ste in e: Fant
  27. Ste in e: Rondeau
  28. Ste in e: Menuet
  29. Ste in e: Sarabande
  30. Ste in e: Passacaille


Product Details

  • Performer: Judith Linsenberg, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Gonzalo Ruiz, Roy Wheldon, Steven Lehning, et al.
  • Orchestra: Musica Pacifica
  • Composer: Marin Marais
  • Audio CD (August 19, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Virgin Classics
  • ASIN: B000002SSO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Leslie Richford on December 19, 2004
French Baroque instrumental music (in this case from the last two decades of the seventeenth century) enjoys a somewhat doubtful reputation as being mannered and all cast in the same mould. Well, there is no smoke without fire, and sure enough, the individual movements on this recording do all sound in some wise “typical”, with the usual French dance movements (sarabande, gigue, rondeau, menuet, gavotte) predominating. And yet, there are here some outstanding passages: If you want a sample of what Marin Marais was capable of in an area other than that of his belovèd viola da gamba, then listen in to CD 1, Track 8 (Passacaille) or CD 2, Track 6 (Chaconne), where the instruments intertwine and swirl around each other for well over five minutes at a time.

Musica Pacifica, a group of soloists from the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra of San Francisco, have made a really excellent job of this recording. In her performance notes, Judith Linsenberg explains how the ensemble approaches this music: it has been re-arranged into shorter suites and partly extended to more than three instruments or transposed, but all in accord with the customs and practice of the late seventeenth century. And the playing is superb: Ms. Linsenberg herself gives a stunning performance on three different recorders (treble, discant and voice flute), while Elizabeth Blumenstock is absolutely delightful on her Italian copy of a Stradivari. The oboe, viola da gamba, archlute and harpsichord (all also copies of historical instruments) are equally able to impress and create a delightful sound-mix that really does seem to put the listener into the King of France’s “chambre”!
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This is a brilliant recording. I cannot find anything comparable.
The ingenuity of the recording lies as much with the choice of instrumentation as with anything else.
Given the date of publication, a traverso flute would not have been suitable so an oboe, a violin and two different flauti dolci are employed instead.
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By Marlene on January 1, 2000
You must hear this if you like French Baroque..
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