Tous les matins du monde: Music from the film featuring works by Marais, Sainte Colombe, Couperin and Lully – Jordi Savall – Alia Vox

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Tous les matins du monde: Music from the film featuring works
by Marais, Sainte Colombe, Couperin and Lully – Jordi Savall, Musical
Director – Alia Vox 9821 – Multichannel Hybrid SACD, 76 min. *****:

The art-house sensation that was the film Tous les matins du monde was
based on the novel that made numerous suppositions about the composer
Sainte Colombe, about which very little is known. The very best thing
about the film, aside from a memorable performance by Gerard Depardieu
as Sainte Colombe, was Jordi Savall’s superb scoring and performances
of works by Marin Marais, Francois Couperin, Jean-Baptiste Lully and
the aforementioned Sainte Colombe. While most already familiar with the
film and its soundtrack probably have this collection, it’s offered
here for the first time remastered to multichannel SACD, and the
results are spectacular.

The sound quality is first-rate, especially for a nearly-fifteen
year-old disc remixed for surround sound – and easily surpasses the
original Red Book CD version. The multichannel edition offered an
immediacy and depth of field that really enhanced my enjoyment of the
music, while eschewing any gimmickry in the surround channels. The
music is instantly recognizable, especially the works by Marais – it’s
really amazing how little of this man’s work is part of the mainstream,
and yet how very essential it seems in this collection. Five stars – it
doesn’t get much better than this!

— Tom Gibbs  

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