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Marais: Alcione Suites 1706 (Suites des airs à joüer) / Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall

Album Summary

>Marais, Marin [Composer] : Airs pour les Driades et les Bergers, for orchestra (Alcyone Suite no 1)
>Marais, Marin [Composer] : Airs pour les Eoliens et les Eoliennes, for orchesta (Alcyone Suite no 2)
>Marais, Marin [Composer] : Airs pour les Pretresses et les Magiciens, for orchestra (Alcyone Suite no 3)
>Marais, Marin [Composer] : Airs pour les Matelots et les Tritons, for orchestra (Alcyone Suite no 4)
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Alcione's first performance took place at the Théâtre du Palais Royal in Paris on February 18, 1706. Alongside Sémélé, it is the only opera composed by Marin Marais. Shortly after the première, Marais gathered together the most beautiful tunes, including the famous Tempest, and composed four instrumental suites. Le Concert des Nations and Jordi Savall revel in the rich colors of these vivid scores. Originally released on the Astrée label, Alia Vox has reissued this superb recording as part of its Heritage series. In addition to deluxe packaging and a richly documented booklet, the release has been remastered and now features state-of-the-art multichannel audio.

MusicWeb International, 9th April 2014
These four suites show that Marais was a fine orchestrator and knew how to write descriptive music. These qualities come off very well in this 1993 recording.

Early Music Review, April 2014
Very fine.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Collégiale du Château de Cardona, Catalogne (12/1993).



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Works Details

>Marais, Marin [Composer] : Airs pour les Driades et les Bergers, for orchestra (Alcyone Suite no 1)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Le Concert des Nations
  • Running Time: 11 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Marais, Marin [Composer] : Airs pour les Éoliens et les Éoliennes, for orchesta (Alcyone Suite no 2)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Running Time: 12 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Marais, Marin [Composer] : Airs pour les Prêtresses et les Magiciens, for orchestra (Alcyone Suite no 3)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Marais, Marin [Composer] : Airs pour les Matelots et les Tritons, for orchestra (Alcyone Suite no 4)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Running Time: 17 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque