ATMA presents the first recording of Sémélé, the recently discovered masterpiece by Marin Marais. Gérard Geay of the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles has reconstituted the score from the original manuscripts, allowing us to hear the world premiere performance of the instrumental sections of the opera at Festival Montréal Baroque. This major festival of baroque music takes place every year in Old Montreal and is directed by the internationally renowned gambist Susie Napper.
The instrumental suite from Sémélé has been recorded in the SACD surround sound format. Wieland Kuijken continues his collaboration with the Quebec label, following a magnificent recording of the Concerts à trois violes of Marin Marais with Les voix humaines. This time he directs the Bande Montréal Baroque, in a version at once balanced and flamboyant.