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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Naxos have stepped in enterprisingly and chosen a programme that is not only most attractive in its own right, but which also includes the key items used in the fascinating film about the conjectural relationship between Marin Marais and his reclusive mentor, Sainte-Colombe (Tous les matins du monde). Spectre de la Rose consists of a first-rate group of young players, led by Alison Crum, who plays in a dignified but austere style which at first seems cool by which is very effective in this repertoire. Le Badinage is perhaps a little stiff and unsmiling, but the key item, Marais’s eloquent lament for his teacher, Tombeau pour Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, is restrained and touching. Good, bright, forward recording, vividly declaiming the plangent viola da gamba timbre. But be careful not to play this record at too high a volume setting.

Penguin Guide, January 2009

The success of the film (Tous les matins du monde) about this reclusive composer and his relationship with his pupil, Marin Marais, has led to the soundtrack becoming a bestseller. However, this enterprising and inexpensive Naxos recital includes the ‘hits’ from the film. The two Saint-Colombe works included are austerely but certainly touchingly played by a fresh-sounding ‘authentic’ group led by Alison Crum (viola da gamba) and Marie Knight (baroque violin). The Naxos recording is vivid, but its forward balance means that for a realistic effect a modest setting of the volume control should be chosen.


"Spectre de la Rose bring a strong, clear yet sweet sound to this music"

BBC Music Magazine

"a very enjoyable disc"

Classic CD

"brilliantly played... a mesmerising disc, superbly programmed with endless highlights.... 68 perfect minutes"

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