CD Preview - Accademia del Piacere - Marin Marais (1626-1728) - La Reveuse from Pièces de viole du quatrième Livre, 1717 From the CD by Alqhai & Alqhai - Accademia del Piacere - Les violes du ciel et de lenfer Fahmi Alqhai solo viola da gamba Rami Alqhai, viola da gamba Miguel Rincón, theorbo and baroque guitar Alberto Martínez Molina, harpsichord Not many geniuses have been seen since those beautiful days, as if Nature had decided to take a rest after the death of Louis XIV. Voltaire, The Age of Louis XIV “Angels are many-sided and equivocal.” Thus wrote the poet Rafael Pérez Estrada and I ponder on that ambiguity of the archangel, halfway between heavenly and evil, as I am shaken by the alternation and the successive waves of this album, half godlike half barbarian, alternatively “fanciful and lunatic”, as Hubert Le Blanc described the wild evil temper of Antoine Forqueray, changing immediately into the exaggerated, troubled sensitiveness of the most intimate and poetical Marin Marais. It is funny: you listen to it forwards and backwards and both performances always fit symmetrically, as if they were exactly-cut reverses. The answer is given, once again, by Pérez Estrada, who points out: “exact lovers cast only one shadow.” The juxtaposition of the opposite Forqueray and Marais cast, therefore, one single global shadow. Juan María Rodríguez (translation: Adolfo García) After the success of Accademia del Piacere's first CD, LE LACRIME DI EROS (Prelude Classical Music Award 2009 to the best international Early Baroque recording), Alqhai & Alqhai continues its task of spreading the talent of the brilliant last generation of Andalusian musicians and their extraordinary musical heritage: Accademia del Piacere is now working on the edition of its third CD, dedicated to the Golden Age of Spanish polyphony. To order Les violes du ciel et de lenfer and other CDs from Alqhai & Alqhai, visit http://www.alqhai-alqhai.com/. This content is Copyright © 2010 Alqhai & Alqhai/ Accademia del Piacere and appears here on the GambaCast by permission. To subscribe to the 'Viols in Our Schools' GambaCast, visit http://www.thegambacast.org/ and for more information on Viols in Our Schools & Doctor Phillip W. Serna, please visit http://www.violsinourschools.org/. For feedback, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit a review in the iTunes store at http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=279089596. Visit the online store to support future outreach activities at http://www.cafepress.com/violadagamba. ‘Viols in Our Schools’ and the GambaCast is Copyright © 2010 Dr. Phillip W. Serna. For more information, visit http://www.thegambacast.org/ & http://www.violsinourschools.org/.
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