on 24 April 2001
Music of another era played on authentic instruments brings together the genius of St Colombe, Maran Marais,Couperin and of course Lully. Jordi Savall is in his element with this CD taken from the movie Tous les matins du mond; a though provoking, spellbinding film full of the rich, glourious sounds of the five stringed voil. An instrument that exudes melancholoy, passion and heartbreak. Just listen to "The Dreaming Girl."
The instrumental pieces are interspersed with young, innocent voices singing a traditional french ballad adding pathos to the CD. Coupled with the wonderful soprano solo, this evocative album is guaranteed to haunt you. If you chose nothing else, chose this.Experience the joy and pain of pure sound in the music of Tous les Matins du monde. Do not be ashamed to cry - I wasn't.
on 7 December 2000
This album is a soundtrack of a film.
It forms a best-of image of some of the more serious music of France's Louis XIV's court. The film dramatises the loves, tragedies, jealousies and careers of Sainte-Colombe and Marin Marais, who were both virtuoso viol players.
The music tracks this gloomy tale by showcasing this wonderful five-string cello. Capable of more mournful sounds than any other stringed instrument, the selection of themes would make excellent background music to a funeral parlour or a very intimate, gentle evening of fire-side wine enjoyment.
This is the entry album for the uninitiated to this nearly forgotten instrument and its soul quietening music.
on 20 June 2013
I saw the film which has become one of my all time favourites & loved the music. My daughter & her husband bought the CD for me for my birthday. The composers are Jean-Baptiste Lully, Marin Marais, & M de Sainte-Colombe. Jordi Savall is the musician & the music is French baroque.
on 11 January 2010
The SACD surround version is truly excellent. Very emotional and touching music played well and recorded beautifully, evoking the atmospheric qualities of the film.
This is not background music, you have to be receptive before playing it without any distractions, then you will appreciate it fully.
on 17 March 2015
The film is good, but even after checking that the film I had ordered was actually in English, since it was intended for my parents, I received the original version in French. I can view and enjoy the film, but I would have to give a running commentary for others.
I had a similar problem when trying to order the older 1973 version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which appears not to be available at all in English.