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Suite in D major
composer
Pièces de viole, Book 3, 1711

Recordings
'Marais: La Folia & other works' (CDH55235)
Marais: La Folia & other works
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55235  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Movement 1: Prelude
Track 9 on CDH55235 [1'31] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2: Fantaisie
Track 10 on CDH55235 [0'43] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 3: Allemande
Track 11 on CDH55235 [2'32] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 4: Plainte
Track 12 on CDH55235 [4'20] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 5: Charivary
Track 13 on CDH55235 [2'39] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Suite in D major
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The Suite in D major comes from the third book of ‘pièces de viole’ of 1711. In the Avertissement to this volume, Marais remarks that:

The most beautiful pieces completely lose their charm, if they are not executed in the style which is correct for them and, not being able to give a good idea of this style with the ordinary notation, I have been obliged to supply new marks that will express my wishes to those who will play my pieces. It is also à propos to inform the public that most of these pieces can be played on several other instruments, such as the Organ, the Harpsichord, the violin, the treble viol, the theorbo, the guitar, the flute, the recorder and the oboe.

The suites consist of many pieces—some dances, some character pieces—and are clearly not intended to be performed complete. The selection made here from the wonderful Suite in D gives us a short, but very sweet Prelude; a shorter Fantaisie with the longest bowing slur Marais wrote (covering thirty-six notes); a characteristically powerful Allemande; the sublime Plainte, and Charivary which my dictionary tells me means ‘rough music, hubbub or clatter’.

from notes by Richard Boothby © 1989

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Details for CDA66310 track 10
Fantaisie
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-90-31010
Duration
0'43
Recording date
6 May 1988
Recording venue
St Peter's Church, Petersham, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Marais: La Folia & other works (CDA66310)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: January 1990
    Deletion date: March 2006
    Superseded by CDH55235
  2. Marais: La Folia & other works (CDH55235)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: September 2007
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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