Marais - Cinquieme livre de Pieces de viole | Ricercar RIC451

Marais - Cinquieme livre de Pieces de viole

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Cat No: RIC451

Barcode: 5400439004511

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 30th June 2023



Francois Joubert-Caillet (bass viol)


Marais, Marin

Pieces de viole, Book 5


Francois Joubert-Caillet (bass viol)


Marin Marais published his last collection in 1725, eight years after the appearance of his Quatrième Livre de Pièces de Viole. He was no longer playing in the Chambre du Roi by that time and had moved to a house in the Faubourg Saint-Marceau where he cultivated plants and flowers in his garden. He continued, however, to give lessons to people who wanted to improve their viol playing. The Cinquième Livre de Pièces de Viole reflects this image of a peaceful life; today we regard it as the final testament of a musician who was looking back upon his past years as their undisputed master – and which he remains today.



Marais had given up playing by the time he wrote these works, and reportedly preferred to tend his garden.  The pieces are short and full of contrast, flowing one into another with meditative continuity.  Listening to the entirety in a sitting could defeat the most viol-devoted but the playing is excellent, and can be happily heard in shorter doses.
The Observer 9 July 2023

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