Marin Marais: Folies

Marin Marais: Folies

by Philippe Pierlot
     
 
The graphics for this album, which include two really beautiful drawings of artichokes but no information about the music at all, tend to obscure the main attraction: the third piece included from the "Suite in D minor for viols and continuo," published by Marin Marais in 1701, is the so-called "Couplets de Folies," a set of variations on the tune "La Follia."

Overview

The graphics for this album, which include two really beautiful drawings of artichokes but no information about the music at all, tend to obscure the main attraction: the third piece included from the "Suite in D minor for viols and continuo," published by Marin Marais in 1701, is the so-called "Couplets de Folies," a set of variations on the tune "La Follia." Nineteen minutes long in this performance, it may be the least-known of the monumental Baroque variation sets, and given its date it might have been a sort of French rejoinder to the variations on the same theme in Arcangelo Corelli's "Violin Sonata Op. 5/12." Marais' 32 variations are purely French in quality, with the ornamentation subtly sneaking in around the corners of the melody rather than blazing forth and proclaiming itself, and even the rhythms of the song are made to conform to French dances. It is perilously difficult, and viol players Philippe Pierlot and Rainer Zipperling acquit themselves very well. Pierlot is a veteran of the ensembles of Jordi Savall, whose performances of Marais remain standard, and the small dances on this release reflect that heritage. But he adds enough to Savall's style -- in the big variation set tempos are tweaked and the final pages are really breathtaking -- to make the recording of interest to lovers of the French Baroque. And the artichokes, by Giovanna Garzoni (1600-1670), would make a nice centerpiece.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2013
Label:
Flora
UPC:
5425008378701
catalogNumber:
2511

Tracks

  1. Suite for viola da gamba & continuo in A major (Pièces de viole, Book II, Nos. 125-142 ): Fantaisie  - Marin Marais  - Eduardo Eguez  - Rainer Zipperling  - François Guerrier
  2. Suite for viola da gamba & continuo in A major (Pièces de viole, Book II, Nos. 125-142 ): Echo  - Marin Marais  - Eduardo Eguez  - Rainer Zipperling  - François Guerrier
  3. Suite for viola da gamba & continuo in A major (Pièces de viole, Book II, Nos. 125-142 ): Gigue, vite  - Marin Marais  - Eduardo Eguez  - Rainer Zipperling  - François Guerrier
  4. Suite for viola da gamba & continuo in A major (Pièces de viole, Book II, Nos. 125-142 ): Sarabande  - Marin Marais  - Eduardo Eguez  - Rainer Zipperling  - François Guerrier
  5. Suite for viola da gamba & continuo in A major (Pièces de viole, Book II, Nos. 125-142 ): Sarabande  - Marin Marais  - Eduardo Eguez  - Rainer Zipperling  - François Guerrier
  6. Suite for viola da gamba & continuo in A major (Pièces de viole, Book II, Nos. 125-142 ): Courante  - Marin Marais  - Eduardo Eguez  - Rainer Zipperling  - François Guerrier
  7. Suite for viola da gamba & continuo in A major (Pièces de viole, Book II, Nos. 125-142 ): Allemande  - Marin Marais  - Eduardo Eguez  - Rainer Zipperling  - François Guerrier
  8. Suite for viola da gamba & continuo in A major (Pièces de viole, Book II, Nos. 125-142 ): Boutade  - Marin Marais  - Eduardo Eguez  - Rainer Zipperling  - François Guerrier
  9. Suite for viola da gamba & continuo in A major (Pièces de viole, Book II, Nos. 125-142 ): Prélude  - Marin Marais  - Eduardo Eguez  - Rainer Zipperling  - François Guerrier
  10. Suite for viola da gamba & continuo in D minor (Pièces de viole, Book II, Nos. 1-20): Couplets de folies  - Marin Marais  - Eduardo Eguez  - Rainer Zipperling  - François Guerrier
  11. Suite for viola da gamba & continuo in D minor (Pièces de viole, Book II, Nos. 1-20): Bourasque  - Marin Marais  - Eduardo Eguez  - Rainer Zipperling  - François Guerrier
  12. Suite for viola da gamba & continuo in D minor (Pièces de viole, Book II, Nos. 1-20): Prélude  - Marin Marais  - Eduardo Eguez  - Rainer Zipperling  - François Guerrier

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