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Chamber Music - COUPERIN, F. / DOLLE, C. / LECLAIR, J.-M. / BOISMORTIER, J.B. de (The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century France) (London Baroque)

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release date: October 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
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Originally recorded in 2012


London Baroque


London Baroque

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Total Time - 69:56
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Chamber Music - COUPERIN, F. / DOLLE, C. / LECLAIR, J.-M. / BOISMORTIER, J.B. de (The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century France) (London Baroque)

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Les Nations, 3rd Ordre, "L'Imperiale"

1 I. Sonade: Gravement - Vivement et marque - Gravement et marque - Tres lentement - Legerement - Rondement - Vivement 9:50
2 II. Allemande: Sans lenteur 2:19
3 III. Courante 1:28
4 IV. Courante II: Plus marquee 1:38
5 V. Sarabande: Tendrement 1:59
6 VI. Bouree: Gayement 0:40
7 VII. Gigue: D'une legerete moderee 1:04
8 VIII. Rondeau 1:51
9 IX. Chaconne 4:36
10 X. Menuet 1:05



Trio Sonata in G minor, Op. 1, No. 6

11 I. Adagio 2:04
12 II. Aria gratioso 3:59
13 III. Sarabanda 2:16
14 IV. Allegro ma non troppo 2:03



Sonata for 2 Violins in G minor, Op. 13, No. 3

15 I. Adagio 2:23
16 II. Allegro ma non troppo 3:02
17 III. Aria: Gratioso - Altro - Gratioso 5:22
18 IV. Allegro 3:35



Sonata in E minor, Op. 37, No. 2

19 I. Allegro 2:06
20 II. Adagio 2:02
21 III. Allegro 1:38



Sonata for 2 Violins in D major, Op. 4, No. 2

22 I. Staccato 3:10
23 II. Allegro 3:54
24 III. Andante 2:57
25 IV. Allegro 2:55
 London Baroque Ensemble

With the previous instalment of their survey of the trio sonata during the 17th and 18th centuries, the four members of London Baroque offered up what the website described as ‘a delightful palette full of grace and esprit’, presenting music by composers active in 18th-century England. Crossing the Channel, they have now arrived in France, and a musical environment undergoing rapid changes following the death of Louis XIV in 1715. The rigours of the Grand Siècle were relaxing and the stiff resistance against the Italian influences of Corelli was weakening. In 1725 François Couperin published his famous Apothéose de Lulli, in which he advocated a fusion of the Italian and French styles, and the following year saw the collection Les Nations, which included L’Impériale recorded here. In it Couperin continued his mission, combining an Italian-style sonata with a sequence of dances in the French manner. Jean-Marie Leclair and his colleague (and great rival) Jean-Pierre Guignon took this one step further – Leclair studied and worked in Turin before making his mark in France, and Guignon was in fact born in Italy, as Giovanni Pietro Ghignone, and only arrived in France when he was in his twenties. Both of these rather extravagant characters were fêted violinists as well as composers, and wrote music mainly for their own instrument in an often virtuosic style. Their complete opposite, at least in terms of life-style, was Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, who was not known as a performer, and instead managed to make a very good living by composing a large number of small-scale works aimed at wealthy amateurs.

"... The group plays with great cohesion and shows each composer at his best in this varied and engaging program."

Benjamin Katz - American Record Guide - March/April 2013

                             Music ****        Sound ****

Matthias Hengelbrock - Fono Forum magazine - November 2012

"... superb playing from all the players... this is a thoroughly enjoyable disc... this should be an essential addition to any music-lover’s library."
Hannah Parry-Ridout - - 12 October 2012

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