La Spagna & Alejandro Marias – Morel: Premier Livre de pieces de violle (2019) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

La Spagna & Alejandro Marías – Morel: Premier Livre de pièces de violle (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:11:09 minutes | 1,41 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Brilliant Classics

French Baroque chamber music by a much-admired contemporary of Marin Marais.

In a personal introduction to his own authoritative booklet essay, the Spanish violist Alejandro Marías relates how he acquired the rare facsimile of an even rarer manuscript, and came to realise that its contents had never seen the light of day in the modern era, let alone received attention on record. Thus he presents here the First Book of pieces – a second does not survive – by Jacques Morel.

The volume itself was published in 1709, two years before Marin Marais’s Third Book of pieces. Morel’s date of birth is now obscured by time, but we know that he was this book. And indeed Morel makes no a pupil of Marais, to whom he dedicated attempt to disguise the debt he felt to his master within his music.

The book contains four Suites for viola da gamba and continuo – in A minor, D minor, D major and G major, respectively – and a Chaconne en trio for a traverso flute, viol and basso continuo. This gentle and courtly six-minute Chaconne is the only piece of Morel’s that is regularly performed, but the four Suites are full of delightful discoveries. The second of them begins with a Prelude of bold and grave gestures which introduce a colourful suite of character pieces: the Allemande la Jolie (‘The pretty one’), the Courante la Dacier, a gentle, dream-like Sarabande and the Gigue l’Inconstante (‘The faithless one’). To end, there is an enjoyable rondeau, Le Folet (‘The imp’), and La Fanchonnette, reminiscent of a gavotte in feel and structure.

The other three suites are no less picturesque, and they are brought to life once more on this album by an early-music group founded in 2009 and named after a popular Renaissance dance. La Spagna has been awarded Spain’s GEMA prize for best young Early Music group.

Very little is known of the life of Jacques Morel (fl. 1700-1747) except that he was a pupil of the great composer Marin Marais, to whom he dedicated his “premiere livre de pieces de violle”.

The book that contains the pieces of this disc was printed for the first time in 1709, two years before Marin Marais published his Troisième Livre de Pièces de Viole. Morel’s music is, of course, very much influenced by that of his teacher, and the author not only does not hide this heritage but he boasts about it.

However, Morel is a later generation and knows how to introduce certain very important innovations in writing for viola da gamba. From the instrumental point of view, Morel’s music is closely linked to the French tradition, but you can see an evolution in his fingerings. Spanish Viola da Gamba player Alejandro Marías studied with Jordi Savall, Anner Bylsma, Christophe Coin and Jaap ter Linden. He is artistic director of the ensemble La Spagna, with whom he discovers and performs hidden treasures of the Baroque.

The excellent liner notes in the booklet are written by the artist.

Tracklist:
01. Suite No. 1 in A Minor: I. Prélude. Lentement-Vîte
02. Suite No. 1 in A Minor: II. Allemande
03. Suite No. 1 in A Minor: III. Courante
04. Suite No. 1 in A Minor: IV. Sarabande l’agréable
05. Suite No. 1 in A Minor: V. Gigue
06. Suite No. 1 in A Minor: VI. La bretonne. Gratieusement
07. Suite No. 1 in A Minor: VII. Menuets I & II
08. Suite No. 2 in D Minor: I. Prélude
09. Suite No. 2 in D Minor: II. Allemande la jolie
10. Suite No. 2 in D Minor: III. Courante la dacier
11. Suite No. 2 in D Minor: IV. Sarabande
12. Suite No. 2 in D Minor: V. Gigue l’inconstante
13. Suite No. 2 in D Minor: VI. Le follet
14. Suite No. 2 in D Minor: VII. La fanchonette
15. Suite No. 3 in D Major: I. Prélude
16. Suite No. 3 in D Major: II. Boutade de Sainct Germain
17. Suite No. 3 in D Major: III. Allemande la brillante & Double
18. Suite No. 3 in D Major: IV. Courante
19. Suite No. 3 in D Major: V. Sarabande l’Aurore
20. Suite No. 3 in D Major: VI. Gigue à l’anglaise
21. Suite No. 3 in D Major: VII. Gavotte
22. Suite No. 3 in D Major: VIII. Fugue. Gayment
23. Suite No. 3 in D Major: Échos de fontainebleau
24. Suite No. 4 in G Major: I. Prélude. Lentement
25. Suite No. 4 in G Major: II. Fantaisie. Gayement
26. Suite No. 4 in G Major: III. Allemande
27. Suite No. 4 in G Major: IV. Courante
28. Suite No. 4 in G Major: V. Sarabande
29. Suite No. 4 in G Major: VI. Gigue à l’italienne
30. Suite No. 4 in G Major: VII. Rondeau dauphin
31. Suite No. 4 in G Major: VIII. Menuet
32. Suite No. 4 in G Major: IX. La guerandoise & Double
33. Chaconne en trio in G Major

Personnel:
Alejandro Marías, viola da gamba
La Spagna

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