Marin Marais (1656-1728) was a French composer. By the time he was 20 years old, he was already a member of the Musique du roi of Louis XIV, who had a great deal of respect for him. Famous for his talent on the bass viol, he was also renowned for his teaching skills. He published five collections of pieces for that instrument throughout his life, and in 1692 he published a collection of trios for traverso, violin and treble viol, showing Marais’ repertoire for court concerts. As a performer, he was known particularly for his ability to enhance the instrument’s resonance. Marin Marais was considered by his peers to be one of the greatest viola da gamba players, the other one being Antoine Forqueray.
Recorded at Studio Piccolo
On September 22, 2020
Sound and mixing: Pierre Messier
Video and editing: Simon Jolicoeur-Côté
Founded by Francis Colpron in 1991, Les Boréades focuses on early music. The ensemble has chosen an interpretative approach in keeping with the spirit of the Baroque era, by adhering to the rules of performance practice of the past and playing on period instruments. Critics and audiences alike in Canada and abroad have been unanimous in hailing the group’s energy and spontaneity as well as its theatrical, expressive and elegant playing, indicative of a unique flair for Baroque aesthetics.