The viola da gamba and Jenny Eriksson (SCM ’82) are inextricably and happily linked. Eriksson is the director of the Marais Project, formed in 2000 to perform the works of French composer and gambist Marin Marais (1656-1728). The latest step for the Project is a CD, Love Reconciled, which features pieces by Marais and a new composition by Stephen Yates.
“Everyone involved in the CD is a graduate of the Con and/or the University,” says Eriksson. “And the fact that we have ended up performing such rare music is a tribute to the nature of our undergraduate education.”
Marais is little known outside France, although Gerard Depardieu portrayed him in Alain Corneau’s highly regarded 1991 movie, Tous les matins du monde. The imaginary bio-pic is threaded through with Marais’ music in a narrative about his mentor (the composer M. de Sainte-Colombe) and his love life (Marais and wife Catherine had 19 children).
Love Reconciled continues a musical journey begun by the group’s first recording, Viol Dreaming. Violinist Fiona Ziegler and harpsichordist Chris Berensen now augment the original ensemble of two violas da gamba, theorbo and soprano voice. This richly detailed and beautifully recorded CD is a delight.
Love Reconciled is distributed by Move Records.