The growth of Folly
This disk is an invaluable resource, tracing the birth and evolution of one of the first 'viral' phenomena. Eventually practically any ambitious composer from 1500 onwards was going to produce their own version of the original 'La Folia' air; even if they didn't ( like Henry Purcell, for example) always acknowledge its provenance. Eventually it fell from favour and Marais' setting is probably the last setting by a composer of stature, but as a sort of "lingua franca" of Western music it had had a long and generally distinguished career. Jordi Savall and his musicians illustrate all this enjoyably and reardingly.