The first performance of Alcione by Parisian composer and viol player Marin Marais took place at the Théâtre du Palais Royal in Paris on 18 February 1706. His other surviving operas are Alcide (1693), Ariane et Bacchus (1696) and Sémélé (1709).
Shortly after the first performance, Marin Marais decided to gather the most beautiful tunes, including the famous Tempest, into four suites, titled: Airs pour les Driades et les Bergers, Airs pour les Eoliens et les Eoliennes, Airs pour les Prêtresse et les Magiciens and Airs pour les Matelots et les Tritons.
Alia Vox announces the reissue of Jordi Savall's only recording of orchestral music by Marin Marais. Le Concert des Nations and Jordi Savall reveal the colours of this vivid score. Alia Vox granted this Heritage reissue a state-of-the-art multichannel remastering and a richly documented booklet in English, French, German, Italian, Castillian and Catalan.
This hybrid multichannel SACD, Marin Marais: Alcione - Suites des airs à joüer (1706) (AVSA9903) will be available on 20 February 2014.
Posted: 26 January 2014
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