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LECLAIR, J.-M.: Violin Sonatas, Op. 2, Nos. 1-5, 8 (Butterfield, Manson, Cummings)

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release date: August 2013

Originally recorded in 2013


Adrian Butterfield


Jonathan Manson



St. Mary's Church, Walthamstow, London, UK


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Total Time - 77:11
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LECLAIR, J.-M.: Violin Sonatas, Op. 2, Nos. 1-5, 8 (Butterfield, Manson, Cummings)

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Violin Sonata in E minor, Op. 2, No. 1

1 I. Adagio 2:07
2 II. Allegro ma poco 3:35
3 III. Sarabanda: Largo 2:55
4 IV. Allegro 4:25

Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 2, No. 2

5 I. Adagio 2:22
6 II. Allegro ma poco 3:48
7 III. Adagio 0:58
8 IV. Allegro ma non troppo 5:03

Violin Sonata in C major, Op. 2, No. 3

9 I. Adagio 3:47
10 II. Allegro 1:52
11 III. Largo 2:34
12 IV. Giga: Allegro ma poco 2:55

Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 2, No. 4

13 I. Adagio 3:36
14 II. Allegro ma non troppo 3:08
15 III. Aria: Gratioso 3:44
16 IV. Allegro assai 5:36

Violin Sonata in G major, Op. 2, No. 5

17 I. Andante 4:45
18 II. Allegro ma poco 3:38
19 III. Gavotta: Gratioso 2:14
20 IV. Allegro assai 3:28

Violin Sonata in D major, Op. 2, No. 8

21 I. Adagio 2:15
22 II. Allegro 2:11
23 III. Sarabanda: Largo 3:23
24 IV. Allegro assai 2:52
 Adrian Butterfield Soloist
 Jonathan Manson Soloist

The joys of Jean-Marie Leclair’s Violin Sonatas Op 2, published in 1728, five years after his first book of sonatas, can be found in the beauty of their melodic invention, and their expressive and surprising harmonies. Leclair takes us on unexpected journeys of landscape and scenery in his slow movements and excites with Italian energy and fire in the fast. Adrian Butterfield’s three Naxos volumes of Leclair’s Violin Sonatas, Op 1 were acclaimed as being “shaped by exquisite phrasing and studded with lovely Italianate ornamentation ... so much to savour”. (Gramophone on 8.570890)

 "... Butterfield remarks that violinists have not taken up Leclair’s first two books of sonnatas, perhaps because of their odest demands; perhaps his insightful and cleanly-recorded performances (along with those of the first book) will revive some interest in them. Strongly recommended - and not just for the violinistic moments."

Robert Maxham - Fanfare - January/February 2014

                          ***/**** - Good/Excellent

Claudio Bolzan - Musica magazine (Italy) - November 2013

                       Repertoire *****      Sound ****      Interpretation *****

Marco Frei - Ensemble magazine - October/November 2013

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