Together with 'Sémélé', 'Alcione' is the only opera composed by Marin Marais. The first first performance took place at the Théâtre du Palais Royal in Paris on February 18, 1706. Shortly after that, Marin Marais decided to gather the most beautiful tunes, including the famous 'Tempest', into four suites.
Le Concert des Nations and Jordi Savall fully reveal the colours of this vivid score. As you might expect, Alia Vox have granted this Heritage reissue a state-of-the-art multichannel remastering and a richly documented booklet.
These four suites show that Marais was a fine orchestrator and knew how to write descriptive music. These qualities come off very well in this 1993 recording. MusicWeb