in Early Music Today (Sep, 2014)
Francois Couperin’s contemporary and compatriot Marin Marais is celebrated foremost for his basse de viole compositions with which he established an unrivalled reputation in his native France. However, over the past quarter century, we have learnt to regard highly Marais the opera composer. Of his four tragedies lyriques Alcione is the best known. It was premiered in Paris in 1706, after which it held the Parisian stage, at intervals, for more than half a century. Marais’ model was Lully, under whom he had served but, with greater harmonic daring and a distinctive originality he speaks with a voice of his own.
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