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Melisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes – Marais – Works for Viola da gamba & Harpsichord (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes – Marais – Works for Viola da gamba & Harpsichord (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 56:05 minutes | 613 MB | Genre: Classical
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Jordi Savall’s recording of music from Marais’s fourth book of pieces de viole is superb: elegant fluent, spirited and evocative. The music is some of Marais’s most demanding, technically and musically and Savall is uniquely suited among modern piayers to dispatch his intended unorthodoxies with just the right panache. The choice of a baroque guitar in addition to harpsichord, lending a touch of exoticism, is a stroke of genius—so effective is Hopkinson Smith’s playing that I wish it had more often been left to accompany the viol alone.

Savall has extracted 11 contrasting pieces from the Suite d’un gout etranger. The bold and rhetorical ”Marche Tartare” is coupled with its more delicate counterpart, ”La Tartarine”, the breezy ”Toubillon” finds its analogue in the peaceful ”Reveuse”. The graceful ”Arabesque” is perfectly judged and the unpretentious ”Badinage”, infused by Savall with a delicious sense of mystery, provides a perfect epilogue to what is in effect Marais’s essay on style. Also included here are the three-movement ”Festes champetre”, with its intimate solo muzette and audacious tambourin, and the well-known Frescobaldian ”Labyrinthe”, in six sections, richly varied in key and character.

The reproduction of the instruments is very realistic, although a disconcerting background noise is occasionally evident in the quiet passages. This is a must equally for connoisseurs and for recent initiates to the charms of the French viol school.

Tracklist

01. Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes – Pièces de viole, Livre IV, Suite No. 2 in D Major (Excerpts): No. 8, Prelude
02. Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes – Pièces de viole, Livre IV, Suite No. 2 in D Major (Excerpts): No. 10, Allemande de la familière
03. Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes – Pièces de viole, Livre IV, Suite No. 2 in D Major (Excerpts): No. 11, Boutade
04. Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes – Pièces de viole, Livre IV, Suite No. 2 in D Major (Excerpts): No. 12, Gavotte la favorite
05. Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes – Pièces de viole, Livre IV, Suite No. 2 in D Major (Excerpts): No. 13, L a petite brillante
06. Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes – Pièces de viole, Livre IV, Suite No. 2 in D Major (Excerpts): No. 14, Rondeau le gracieux
07. Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes – Pièces de viole, Livre IV, Suitte d’un goût étranger (Excerpts): No. 87, Le badinage in F-Sharp Minor
08. Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes – Pièces de viole, Livre IV, Suitte d’un goût étranger (Excerpts): No. 73, Caprice ou sonate
09. Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes – Pièces de viole, Livre IV, Suite No. 6 in E Minor: No. 55a, Le Biscayenne
10. Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes – Pièces de viole, Livre II, Suite No. 4 in G Major: No. 82, Chaconne en rondeau
11. Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes – Pièces de viole, Livre IV, Suitte d’un goût étranger (Excerpts): No. 61, Fête champêtre
12. Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes – Pièces de viole, Livre IV, Suitte d’un goût étranger (Excerpts): No. 80, L’Arabesque
13. Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes – Pièces de viole, Livre IV, Suite No. 1 in D Minor: No. 1, Prelude
14. Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes – Pièces de viole, Livre IV, Suite No. 1 in D Minor: No. 2, Allemande
15. Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes – Pièces de viole, Livre IV, Suite No. 1 in D Minor: No. 3, La mignone
16. Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes – Pièces de viole, Livre IV, Suite No. 1 in D Minor: No. 4, Caprice
17. Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes – Pièces de viole, Livre IV, Suite No. 1 in D Minor: No. 5, Menuet
18. Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes – Pièces de viole, Livre IV, Suite No. 1 in D Minor: No. 6, Gigue la petite
19. Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes – Pièces de viole, Livre IV, Suite No. 1 in D Minor: No. 7, Rondeau
20. Mélisande Corriveau & Eric Milnes – Pièces de viole, Livre II, Suite No. 3 in D Major: No. 63, Les voix humaines

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