Palladian Ensemble – Les Elemens (2003) MCH SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Palladian Ensemble – Les Elemens (2003)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 69:05 min | Full Scans (PDF) + Digital Booklet | 3,8 GB
or DSD64 Stereo (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans (PDF) + Digital Booklet | 1,72 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans (PDF) + Digital Booklet | 1,47 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Label: Linn Records # CKD 221

Palladians (formerly the Palladian Ensemble) is a quartet of the highest calibre, firmly established on the international music scene since 1991. They present baroque chamber music infused with style, uninhibited virtuosity and intelligent musicianship. The Palladian Ensemble’s award-winning series of recordings for Linn Records have received unanimous praise. “An Excess of Pleasure”, “A Choice Collection” and “Held by the Ears” won the prestigious Diapason d’Or, with others winning Gramophone Magazine ‘Editor’s Choice’ plaudits. For this album the Palladian Ensemble performed a powerful performance of French baroque – they are play the music of Marin Marais (1656-1728) and Jean-Féry Rebel (1666-1747). A suite from “Les Elemens”, an opera by Rebel, forms the centrepiece of the disc.

This disc is “authentic” in two senses: in the selection of instruments as well as in the arrangement of the works for domestic performance. Actually, as the notes correctly point out, Rebel’s full score doesn’t really exist, so all versions are arrangements even though we know that he wrote the original for orchestra. Any suspicion that “Le Cahos” (Chaos) is going to lose some of its bite when played by recorder, violin, bass viol, and theorbo will be instantly dispelled on hearing the first chord, which nearly sent me through the ceiling. Still, I miss the tang of brass and percussion in the Tambourins and the silky tone of massed violins in the Air pour les Violins, however expert the playing on offer. This is simply a question of individual taste.

On the other hand, in the Marais Suite in A minor, drawn from a variety of pieces for one or two viols, the presence of the recorder enhances the music’s color and charm, and the program rises to a truly triumphant conclusion with a brilliantly sustained romp through the composer’s Folies d’Espagne. Best of all, Linn’s sonics perfectly capture both the vivacity and intimacy of the performances, especially in multichannel format, where the players really do seem to be right in the room with you. You really can imagine yourself taking part in a convivial evening of Baroque music making, featuring the greatest hits of the day–and getting a naughty thrill at Rebel’s startlingly dissonant representation of chaos. This is music for fun, and the performances fully convey its pleasures and delights.


01. Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Elemens – Le Cahos
02. Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Elemens – Air pour les Violons (La Terre et L’Eau) – Chaconne (Le Feu)
03. Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Elemens – Ramage (L’Air)
04. Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Elemens – Rossignols
05. Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Elemens – Loure
06. Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Elemens – Tambourins
07. Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Elemens – Sicillienne
08. Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Elemens – Caprice
09. Marin Marais: Suite In A Minor – Prelude. 3rd Book Pièces de Violes, 1711
10. Marin Marais: Suite In A Minor – Fantaisie, From 2nd Book Pièces de Violes, 1701
11. Marin Marais: Suite In A Minor – Tombeau de Mr Meliton From 1st Book, Pièces A Deux Violes, 1686
12. Marin Marais: Suite In A Minor – Rondeau Moitié Pincé Et Moitié Coup D’archet, 5th Book, 1725
13. Marin Marais: Suite In A Minor – Chaconne, 1st Book, Pièces à Deux Violes, 1686
14. Marin Marais: Suite in G Major – Sarabande Grave, 3rd Book, Pièces de Violes, 1711
15. Marin Marais: Suite in G Major – Le Petit Bandinage, 5th Book, Pièces de Violes, 1711
16. Marin Marais: Suite in G Major – Rondeau Le Troilleur, 5th Book
17. Marin Marais: Folies D’Espagne From 2nd Book, Pièces de Violes, 1701

Pamela Thorby – Recorder
Rodolfo Richter – Violin
Susanne Heinrich – Viola da Gamba
William Carter – Theorbo, Baroque Guitar

Produced and Engineered by Philip Hobbs.
Recorded on May 15-17, 2003 at St Andrews Church, Toddington, UK.




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