The second Naxos collection from Spectre de la Rose is even more attractive than the first, and it is even better recorded. It even includes a rare work in which the violin takes the lead (the Sonate à la Marésienne), although the embroidering gamba partner takes the lion’s share of bravura. It is a most attractive work and is played here with real sparkle, while the following Suite in D also shows Marais at this most attractively inventive. Les Voix humaines is deeply pitched, and even the Couplets de folies is far from light-hearted. Spectre de la Rose are experts in this filed and play most persuasively throughout.
"Naxos continues to make solid contributions in the area of early music. Their releases include fine groups playing good music, useful liner notes and sound that usually does the music justice...this is a fine introduction to the composer."
"Not a release that needs to be recommended, therefore on the basis of its very existence alone, this entry into Marais's growing discography will maintain its interest even when his radiant sun has risen once again to its zenith. Recommended!"
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