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Marin Marais: Dialogues

By Fred Jacobs

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By Fred Jacobs, Mieneke van der Velden, and Wieland Kuijken. By Marin Marais (1656-1728). Region: 0; MPAA Rating: NR. Classical. 1 listening CD. Published by Naxos (NX.RAM1407).

Item Number: NX.RAM1407

A noteworthy fact: Marais, in his five books of Pieces de

viole, published only two suites for two viols and continuo.

Aside from the two suites for three viols (Book IV), all the

other pieces are intended for the solo instrument with accompaniment

of harpsichord, theorbo or a second viol in

different combinations.

These two particular suites are both found in Book I (1686).

The addition of a second solo viol reinforces the character

of the various parts: especially in the slow sections, Marais

ideally emphasizes the sound of the two viols with long

sostenuto lines and poignant dissonances. The Tombeau

pour Mr. Meliton constitutes the absolute height of this.

After Mieneke van der Velden's recordings Hommages and

Images, Dialogues completes the picture of the imposing

sound world of Marin Marais's music, magnified by the

collaboration with the master Wieland Kuijken.

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