Marais 1689: Pieces a Une et a Deux Violes | Glossa GCD920415

Marais 1689: Pieces a Une et a Deux Violes

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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCD920415

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 8th January 2016

Contents

Works

Marais, Marin

Pieces de viole, Book 1
» Prelude in D minor for solo viol
» Rondeau in G minor for solo viol
» Suite in D minor for 2 viols and continuo
» Suite in G major for 2 viols and continuo
» Sujet & Diversitez, for solo viol
» Tombeau de Mr Meliton

Artists

Paolo Pandolfo (viola da gamba)
Amelie Chemin (viola da gamba)
Thomas Boysen (theorbo, baroque guitar)
Markus Hunninger (harpsichord)

Works

Marais, Marin

Pieces de viole, Book 1
» Prelude in D minor for solo viol
» Rondeau in G minor for solo viol
» Suite in D minor for 2 viols and continuo
» Suite in G major for 2 viols and continuo
» Sujet & Diversitez, for solo viol
» Tombeau de Mr Meliton

Artists

Paolo Pandolfo (viola da gamba)
Amelie Chemin (viola da gamba)
Thomas Boysen (theorbo, baroque guitar)
Markus Hunninger (harpsichord)

About

The viola da gamba music of Marin Marais represents a treasure trove of expressive and technical possibilities for Paolo Pandolfo’s eagerly-awaited return for Glossa.

Pandolfo’s style of playing is apt for this music: meticulous and sensitive, with a technical strength that allows him to demonstrate the instrument’s versatility with a rare freedom.

To follow a recent sequence of recordings which has seen him approach the music of Couperin and De Machy, but which also includes the 'Pièces de viole' by Marais’ teacher Sainte Colombe, Pandolfo now turns to the year 1689, when Marais (surrounded by constant arguments as to the true way of doing justice to the gamba) had published the continuo accompaniment for his earlier 'Pièces à une et à deux violes'. This was quite a revolutionary move on the young composer’s part.

To reflect this transition effected by Marais – from the gamba being an instrument heard by itself to one operating within a chamber ensemble environment – Paolo Pandolfo has chosen from this 'First Book' works for one or two gambas, with or without continuo support, in the form of a pair of 'Suites' and various individual pieces, including the 'Tombeau de Mr Méliton' and the rarely recorded set of variations 'Sujet & Diversitez'.

Reviews

Paolo Pandolfo’s stylish new album [...] there’s a cheerful conviviality in Markus Hünninger’s busy harpsichord lines, Thomas Boysen’s warm theorbo and a pliant, second gamba voice from Amélie Chemin. The group has fun with the Suite in G Major’s extravert Chaconne, but it’s the quiet moments that really show off the viol’s capacity to sing like a human voice [...] Kate Molleson
The Guardian 29 January 2016
Few gambists are better versed in this repertoire than Paolo Pandolofo, whose playing is supple, poetic, effortless. For the ensembles, he's joined by three accomplished musicians, all fully conversant with Marais's untricate idiom. Kate Bolton-Porciatti
BBC Music Magazine March 2016

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