Pièces de violes by Marin Marais
The complete set in concert(s)
After seven years devoted to the recording for Ricercar-Outhere of the twenty or so discs comprising the 600 or so pieces of the five Books of Viola Pieces by Marin Marais, François Joubert-Caillet proposes here to make the public appreciate the most beautiful jewels he has found on this long road.
This titanic adventure, unanimously acclaimed by the press (Diapasons d'Or, Chocs de Classica), if it will mark the history of the disc (Classica, July 2021), has enabled François Joubert-Caillet and L'Achéron to grasp in depth the genius of Marais: his incredible imagination, which made him both propose and invent new ideas in forms and settings that were always the same, his visionary side, which pushed back the limits of the instrument and its writing in order to lead his music and the viola into uncharted territory; Marais's personality also shone through, often portrayed as an Angel in opposition to the devil Forqueray, he showed a variety of affects, colours, and contrasts that were always surprising, giving us a glimpse of the complexity of a multiform being, certainly more sympathetic and affable than his choleric rival, but probably also a great comedian, putting himself at the service of the word and of expression to always surprise and inspire.
The complete set of five Books would comprise some twenty concerts, and it is proposed here that they be performed either in five concerts, each one featuring the most beautiful treasures -known or unknown- from each of the five Books of Violin Pieces, or in a single concert.