CD 3 – Mara! meets Marais


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CD 3 – Mara! meets Marais

This recording and the concert performance that preceded it grew out of a mutual desire to share the music we love. The aim of this collaboration between ‘The Marais Project’ and members of the ‘Mara!’ band was to push beyond perceived boundaries rather than be circumscribed by them. Mara, Llew, Steve and Jennifer have known each other for many years as members of two highly successful Musica Viva in Schools ensembles, ‘Mara!’ and ‘Sounds Baroque’. Belinda and Cathy met Mara and Llew as part of ‘The Renaissance Players’. The platform set by ‘The Marais Project’s’ decade-long exploration of the rarely heard viol repertoire and contemporary works along, with Mara!’s commitment to new pathways in World Music, provided the ideal starting point for different thinking.  The centrepiece if the CD is our recording of Martin Codax’s magnificent “Cantigas de Amigo”, a haunting and beautiful work we absolutely love!

Track List

1 Por ayí pasó un kavayero (Anonymous, circa 1300)
2 Now O now I needs must part (John Dowland, 1563-1626 )
3-6 Suite in F major for viola da gamba and continuo (Marin Marais, 1656 – 1728)
7 O fidelis et dilecte commensalis for two viola da gambas, soprano and continuo (Pierre Bouteiller, circa 1650 – 1732)
8-14            Cantigas de Amigo – Medieval Galician-Portugese song cycle. (Martin Codax, 13th century)




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