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Marais 1689: Pieces for 2 violins and basso continuo / Paolo Pandolfo & Amelie Chemin, viola da gamba; Thomas Boysen, theorbo; Markus Hunninger, harpsichord

Audio Samples

  1. Pièces de viole, Book 1, Suite in G Major for 2 Viols & Continuo: I. Prélude $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Pièces de viole, Book 1, Suite in G Major for 2 Viols & Continuo: II. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Pièces de viole, Book 1, Suite in G Major for 2 Viols & Continuo: III. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Pièces de viole, Book 1, Suite in G Major for 2 Viols & Continuo: IV. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Pièces de viole, Book 1, Suite in G Major for 2 Viols & Continuo: V. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Pièces de viole, Book 1, Suite in G Major for 2 Viols & Continuo: VI. Gavotte en rondeau $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Pièces de viole, Book 1, Suite in G Major for 2 Viols & Continuo: VII. Menuet $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Pièces de viole, Book 1, Suite in G Major for 2 Viols & Continuo: VIII. Gavotte $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Pièces de viole, Book 1, Suite in G Major for 2 Viols & Continuo: IX. Fantaisie en écho $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Pièces de viole, Book 1, Suite in G Major for 2 Viols & Continuo: X. Chaconne $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Pieces de viole, Book 1, Suite No. 1 in D Minor: I. Prélude $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Pièces de viole, Book 1, Suite in D Minor for 2 Viols & Continuo: I. Prélude $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Pièces de viole, Book 1, Suite in D Minor for 2 Viols & Continuo: II. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Pièces de viole, Book 1, Suite in D Minor for 2 Viols & Continuo: III. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Pièces de viole, Book 1, Suite in D Minor for 2 Viols & Continuo: IV. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Pièces de viole, Book 1, Suite in D Minor for 2 Viols & Continuo: V. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Pièces de viole, Book 1, Suite in D Minor for 2 Viols & Continuo: VI. Gavotte $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Pièces de viole, Book 1, Suite in D Minor for 2 Viols & Continuo: VII. Menuet $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Basses continües des pièces, avec une augmentation de plusieurs pièces particulières en partition: Sujet diversités
  20. Basses continües des pièces, avec une augmentation de plusieurs pièces particulières en partition: Rondeau in G Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Pièces de viole, Book 1, Suite in G Major for 2 Viols & Continuo: XI. Tombeau de M. Meliton

Album Summary

>Marais, Marin [Composer] : Suite for 2 violas da gamba & continuo in G major (Pièces de viole, Book I, Nos. 73-82)
>Marais, Marin [Composer] : Prélude, for viola da gamba & theorbo in D minor (Scottish Manuscripts)
>Marais, Marin [Composer] : Sujet Diversitez
>Marais, Marin [Composer] : Rondeau, for viola da gamba & continuo in G minor (Pièces de viole, Book I, no 93)
>Marais, Marin [Composer] : Tombeau de Mr. Meliton, for 2 violas da gamba & continuo in G minor (Pièces de viole, Book I, no 83
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Notes & Reviews:

That the viola da gamba music of Marin Marais represents a treasure trove of expressive and technical possibilities is just reason for Paolo Pandolfo's eagerly-awaited return to the composer's works with his new Marais 1689 recording for Glossa. Pandolfo's style of playing is apt for this music: meticulousness and sensitivity, and a technical strength which allows him to demonstrate the instrument's versatility and gives him a sense of 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 Pices 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 Pices une et 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 Mliton and the rarely recorded set of variations Sujet & Diversitez.

The Guardian, January 2016
There's a cheerful conviviality in Markus Hnnninger's busy harpsichord lines, Thomas Boysen's warm theorbo and a pliant, second gamba voice from AmTlie 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.

BBC Music Magazine, March 2016
Few gambists are better versed in this repertoire than Paolo Pandolfo, whose playing is supple, poetic, effortless... [he] and fellow gambist AmTlie Chemin dialogue and vie delightfully in the pieces for two viols, and Hnnninger and Boysen's continuo realisations have all the finesse and sparkle of a Baroque jewel box.

CD Review, 13th February 2016
Pandolfo is one of the most elegant and expressive viol players around, and showcasing Marais individual genius in such sympathetic company, with such an immersive recording as well makes this a sublime experience to anyone whose soul is sensitive to the instruments plangent melancholy.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Franc-Warêt (Église Saint-Rémi), Belgium (06/2015).



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>Marais, Marin [Composer] : Suite for 2 violas da gamba & continuo in G major (Pièces de viole, Book I, Nos. 73-82)
  • Performers: Thomas Boysen (Theorbo); Amelie Chemin (Cello); Markus Hunninger (Harpsichord); Paolo Pandolfo (Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Marais, Marin [Composer] : Prélude, for viola da gamba & theorbo in D minor (Scottish Manuscripts)
  • Performers: Thomas Boysen (Theorbo); Amelie Chemin (Cello); Markus Hunninger (Harpsichord); Paolo Pandolfo (Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680

>Marais, Marin [Composer] : Sujet Diversitez :: Theme & 20 variations, for viola da gamba & continuo in G major (Pièces de viole,
  • Performers: Thomas Boysen (Theorbo); Amelie Chemin (Cello); Markus Hunninger (Harpsichord); Paolo Pandolfo (Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Marais, Marin [Composer] : Rondeau, for viola da gamba & continuo in G minor (Pièces de viole, Book I, no 93)
  • Performers: Thomas Boysen (Theorbo); Amelie Chemin (Cello); Markus Hunninger (Harpsichord); Paolo Pandolfo (Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Marais, Marin [Composer] : Tombeau de Mr. Meliton, for 2 violas da gamba & continuo in G minor (Pièces de viole, Book I, no 83
  • Performers: Thomas Boysen (Theorbo); Amelie Chemin (Cello); Markus Hunninger (Harpsichord); Paolo Pandolfo (Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque