Marais: Pièces de Viole, Book 5

Marais: Pièces de Viole, Book 5
Composer Marin Marais
Artist Rainer Zipperling viola da gamba
Ghislaine Wauters viola da gamba
Pieter-Jan Belder harpsichord
Format 4 CD
Cat. number 94646
EAN code 5028421946467
Release February 2014

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It is surprising that so little is known about Marin Marais today, as he could be considered one of the most important French composers of the Baroque period. Born in 1656, the son of a shoemaker, Marais spent his entire life in Paris. His musical career began when he joined the choir of the Sainte-Chapelle, but when his voice broken he decided to learn the viol, studying with the renowned bass viol player Sainte-Colombe, who had a profound influence on the young Marais. Marais went on to enter the royal orchestra and the orchestra of the Académie Royale de musique, where he performed and studied composing under Jean-Baptiste Lully. He was hailed as the greatest bass viol player of his time, and is said to have played the viol 'like an angel'.

Marais's vast output for the viol (over 800 pieces!) is astonishingly varied, original and affecting – no other composer has written so many works of such high quality for the instrument. The fifth and final book of Pièces de viole showcases Marais's art at its most mature and sophisticated, and includes a wider range of musical forms and techniques than the previous four books. Although the fifth book contains many of the conventional dance forms that listeners would expect to hear in a Baroque suite, there are many remarkable descriptive pieces that justify the claim that Marais was the first composer of programme music. A particularly striking example is the ‘Tableau de l'Opération de la Taille’ from the final Suite: an extraordinarily detailed musical depiction of an operation to remove a gall stone that the composer underwent!

These captivating suites are brought to life in vivid performances by acclaimed chamber musicians and early music specialists Rainer Zipperling, Ghislaine Wauters and Pieter-Jan Belder.

Other information:
- Recorded in 2013.
- Little is known of the life of Marin Marais, but he is unquestionably one of the most important and original composers of the French Baroque. His public “breakthrough” came with the blockbuster film “Tous les matins du monde”, which features his beautiful works for the viol.
- Marais left a vast output of suites for the viol, the viola da gamba, in total 5 books. This new recording presents the 5th book, the most daring and original of all. In these suites of dance forms he introduces the first known examples of “program music”, music depicting non-musical ideas or events. One suite for instance describes an operation to remove a gall stone, which includes the binding of the patient and his painful screaming!
- Excellent performances by one of the best known viola da gamba players of the moment, Rainer Zipperling, seconded by harpsichord veteran Pieter-Jan Belder.
- Includes booklet notes and biographies of the artists.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 1 in A Minor: I. Prélude le soligni
  2. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 1 in A Minor: II. Allemande la facile
  3. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 1 in A Minor: III. Sarabande
  4. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 1 in A Minor: IV. La mariée
  5. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 1 in A Minor: V. Gavotte
  6. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 1 in A Minor: VI. Gigue
  7. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 1 in A Minor: VII. Menuet I – Double – Menuet II
  8. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 1 in A Minor: VIII. La sincope
  9. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 1 in A Minor: IX. Petit caprice
  10. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 1 in A Minor: X. Rondeau
  11. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 1 in A Minor: XI. La bagatelle
  12. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 1 in A Minor: XII. Fantaisie
  13. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 1 in A Minor: XIII. Grande gavotte
  14. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 1 in A Minor: XIV. Gigue la mutine
  15. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 1 in A Minor: XV. Rondeau moitié pincé et moitié coup d’archet ou tout coup d’archet si l’on veut
  16. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 1 in A Minor: XVI. Prélude en harpegement
  17. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 2 in A Major: I. Prélude
  18. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 2 in A Major: II. Allemande
  19. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 2 in A Major: III. Sarabande
  20. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 2 in A Major: IV. Gigue
  21. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 2 in A Major: V. Marche a la Turque
  22. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 2 in A Major: VI. Gavotte
  23. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 2 in A Major: VII. Menuet I – Menuet II – Double
  24. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 2 in A Major: VIII. La petite bru. Air gracieux
  25. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 2 in A Major: IX. Fantaisie
  26. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 2 in A Major: X. Grand rondeau
  27. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 2 in A Major: XI. La babillarde – Double
  28. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 2 in A Major: XII. Chaconne

Disk 2

  1. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 3 in F Major: I. Prelude
  2. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 3 in F Major: II. Allemande la bois guillaume
  3. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 3 in F Major: III. Sarabande
  4. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 3 in F Major: IV. La demoi gigue
  5. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 3 in F Major: V. Menuet I
  6. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 3 in F Major: VI. Menuet II – Double
  7. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 3 in F Major: VII. Gavotte
  8. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 3 in F Major: VIII. Rondeau paysan
  9. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 3 in F Major: IX. Rondeau le doucereux
  10. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 3 in F Major: X. Idée grotesque – Double de l’idée grotesque
  11. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 3 in F Major: XI. Les forgerons
  12. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 3 in F Major: XII. Le touché du Claveçin
  13. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 3 in F Major: XIII. Prelude en harpegement
  14. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 4 in D Major: I. Prelude
  15. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 4 in D Major: II. Allemande la flateuse
  16. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 4 in D Major: III. Sarabande
  17. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 4 in D Major: IV. Gigue
  18. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 4 in D Major: V. Gavotte
  19. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 4 in D Major: VI. Menuet I
  20. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 4 in D Major: VII. Menuet II – Double
  21. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 4 in D Major: VIII. La fromental
  22. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 4 in D Major: IX. Double
  23. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 4 in D Major: X. Chaconne
  24. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 4 in D Major: XI. Variation sur une basse contrainte
  25. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 4 in D Major: XII. Fantaisie
  26. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 4 in D Major: XIII. Double
  27. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 4 in D Major: XIV. Allemande la dornel
  28. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 4 in D Major: XV. Allemande du goût des anciens
  29. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 4 in D Major: XVI. Caprice
  30. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 4 in D Major: XVII. Rondeau. Le brillant

Disk 3

  1. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 5 in G Minor: I. Prelude
  2. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 5 in G Minor: II. Fantaisie
  3. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 5 in G Minor: III. Allemande La freval des loges
  4. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 5 in G Minor: IV. Sarabande
  5. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 5 in G Minor: V. Gigue la pagode
  6. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 5 in G Minor: VI. Gavotte
  7. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 5 in G Minor: VII. Menuet
  8. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 5 in G Minor: VIII. Allemande la Marianne
  9. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 5 in G Minor: IX. Le tombeau pour Marais le cadet
  10. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 5 in G Minor: X. Rondeau le badin
  11. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 5 in G Minor: XI. La Georgienne dite la Maupertuy
  12. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 6 in G Major: I. Prelude
  13. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 6 in G Major: II. Allemande la fiere
  14. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 6 in G Major: III. Sarabande
  15. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 6 in G Major: IV. Gigue la precieuse
  16. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 6 in G Major: V. Gavotte I
  17. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 6 in G Major: VI. Gavotte II. Legere
  18. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 6 in G Major: VII. Menuet I - Menuet II
  19. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 6 in G Major: VIII. Rondeau le troilleur
  20. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 6 in G Major: IX. Chaconne
  21. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 6 in G Major: X. La tatillone
  22. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 6 in G Major: XI. Saillie du jardin
  23. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 6 in G Major: XII. Gigue la pointilleuse
  24. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 6 in G Major: XIII. Le jeu du volant
  25. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 6 in G Major: XIV. L’Allemande Poisat
  26. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 6 in G Major: XV. Le rondeau villeneuve
  27. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 6 in G Major: XVI. Le petit badinage
  28. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 6 in G Major: XVII. Dialogue

Disk 4

  1. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: I. Prelude
  2. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: II. Allemande. La beuron
  3. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: III. La simplicité paÿsanne
  4. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: IV. Allemande la bailly duchené
  5. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: V. Gavotte I. Singuliere
  6. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: VI. Gavotte II. La mignone
  7. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: VII. Sarabande
  8. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: VIII. Menuet I
  9. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: IX. Menuet II
  10. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: X. Resveries mesplaiziennes
  11. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: XI. Marche persane dite la savigny
  12. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: XII. Rondeau le plaisant
  13. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: XIII. Gigue la resolüe
  14. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: XIV. Les amusements
  15. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: XV. Le Contraste
  16. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: XVI. Le caprice bellemont
  17. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: XVII. Le tableau de l’operation de la taille
  18. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: XVIII. Les relevailles
  19. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: XIX. Suitte
  20. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: XX. Suitte
  21. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: XXI. La poitevine
  22. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: XXII. La paraza
  23. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: XXIII. Le tact
  24. Pièces de Viole, Suite No. 7 in E Major: XXIV. La mesme piece rendüe facile