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Loeillet De Gant: Recorder Sonatas / Rothert, Young, Haugsand

Loeillet / Rothert / Young / Haugsand
Release Date: 08/30/2011 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572023   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean-B Loeillet
Performer:  Daniel RothertVanessa YoungKetil Haugsand
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



LOEILLET DE GANT Recorder Sonatas Daniel Rothert (rec); Keith Haugsand (hpd); Vanessa Young (vc) NAXOS 8.572023 (73:35)


The Flemish Loeillet family produced several musicians in the late 17th century, including two cousins with the identical name Jean Baptiste Loeillet, both of whom were instrumentalists and composers. The longer-lived (1680–1730) and more prominent of the two emigrated to England around 1705 and subsequently styled himself “of London”; the other, shorter-lived (1688–c.1720) and more Read more obscure, is featured here and known as “de Gant” after his birthplace of Ghent in Belgium. Virtually nothing is known of him except that at some point he entered the service of the archbishop of Lyon and died between 1720 and 1729, with the former date probably closer to the mark. His main musical legacy is a set of 48 recorder sonatas; 12 of these were published as opp. 1–4, from which eight have been selected for this release. While showing the influence of Corelli, French patterns of ornamental decorations are followed and there is significantly more use of counterpoint and development of the bass line than in most Italian models. Several of the sonatas also vary from the standard three- and four-movement patterns of the sonata da camera and sonata da chiesa , having five or even six movements.


Daniel Rothert is yet another top-notch recorder virtuoso to add to the ever-swelling ranks of the same. He plays with sweet, beguiling, liquid tone, and the most rapid passagework holds no terrors for his agile tongue and fingers. Keith Haugsand and Vanessa Young provide vital and skilled support in the continuo parts, and the recorded sound is fine. This disc does not have any competitor for repertoire; a Musica Ficta CD with the La Caccia ensemble features some different sonatas alongside trio sonatas by the London Loeillet, while ArkivMusic mistakenly lists a Christophorus CD with the Ensemble Mediolanum performing works by “John of London” under Loeillet de Gant. But even if an alternative existed, all lovers of recorder music should snap this up forthwith.


FANFARE: James A. Altena
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonatas (12) for Recorder and Basso Continuo, Op. 1: no 1 in A minor by Jean-B Loeillet
Performer:  Daniel Rothert (Recorder), Vanessa Young (Cello), Ketil Haugsand (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1710; France 
2.
Sonatas (12) for Recorder and Basso Continuo, Op. 2: no 3 in D minor by Jean-B Loeillet
Performer:  Daniel Rothert (Recorder), Vanessa Young (Cello), Ketil Haugsand (Harpsichord)
3.
Sonatas (12) for Recorder and Basso Continuo, Op. 1: no 3 in G major by Jean-B Loeillet
Performer:  Daniel Rothert (Recorder), Vanessa Young (Cello), Ketil Haugsand (Harpsichord)
4.
Sonatas (12) for Recorder and Basso Continuo, Op. 3: no 5 in C minor by Jean-B Loeillet
Performer:  Daniel Rothert (Recorder), Vanessa Young (Cello), Ketil Haugsand (Harpsichord)
5.
Sonatas (12) for Recorder and Basso Continuo, Op. 1: no 6 in C major by Jean-B Loeillet
Performer:  Daniel Rothert (Recorder), Vanessa Young (Cello), Ketil Haugsand (Harpsichord)
6.
Sonatas (12) for Recorder and Basso Continuo, Op. 4: no 11 in F minor by Jean-B Loeillet
Performer:  Daniel Rothert (Recorder), Vanessa Young (Cello), Ketil Haugsand (Harpsichord)
7.
Sonatas (12) for Recorder and Basso Continuo, Op. 3: no 7 in E flat major by Jean-B Loeillet
Performer:  Daniel Rothert (Recorder), Vanessa Young (Cello), Ketil Haugsand (Harpsichord)
8.
Sonatas (12) for Recorder and Basso Continuo, Op. 3: no 12 in E minor by Jean-B Loeillet
Performer:  Daniel Rothert (Recorder), Vanessa Young (Cello), Ketil Haugsand (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1715; France 

Sound Samples

Recorder Sonata in D minor, Op. 2, No. 3: I. Vivace
Recorder Sonata in D minor, Op. 2, No. 3: II. Allemanda
Recorder Sonata in D minor, Op. 2, No. 3: III. Sarabanda
Recorder Sonata in D minor, Op. 2, No. 3: IV. Presto
Recorder Sonata in D minor, Op. 2, No. 3: V. Giga
Recorder Sonata in G major, Op. 1, No. 3: I. Largo
Recorder Sonata in G major, Op. 1, No. 3: II. Allegro
Recorder Sonata in G major, Op. 1, No. 3: III. Adagio
Recorder Sonata in G major, Op. 1, No. 3: IV. Gavotta: Allegro
Recorder Sonata in C minor, Op. 3, No. 5: I. Largo
Recorder Sonata in C minor, Op. 3, No. 5: II. Allegro
Recorder Sonata in C minor, Op. 3, No. 5: III. Poco allegro
Recorder Sonata in C minor, Op. 3, No. 5: IV. Adagio
Recorder Sonata in C minor, Op. 3, No. 5: V. Giga: Allegro
Recorder Sonata in C major, Op. 1, No. 6: I. Poco allegro
Recorder Sonata in C major, Op. 1, No. 6: II. Allegro
Recorder Sonata in C major, Op. 1, No. 6: III. Adagio
Recorder Sonata in C major, Op. 1, No. 6: IV. Presto
Recorder Sonata in C major, Op. 1, No. 6: V. Adagio
Recorder Sonata in C major, Op. 1, No. 6: VI. Giga: Allegro
Recorder Sonata in F minor, Op. 4, No. 11: I. Largo
Recorder Sonata in F minor, Op. 4, No. 11: II. Allegro
Recorder Sonata in F minor, Op. 4, No. 11: III. Sarabanda: Adagio
Recorder Sonata in F minor, Op. 4, No. 11: IV. Allegro
Recorder Sonata in E flat major, Op. 3, No. 7: I. Largo
Recorder Sonata in E flat major, Op. 3, No. 7: II. Vivace
Recorder Sonata in E flat major, Op. 3, No. 7: III. Adagio
Recorder Sonata in E flat major, Op. 3, No. 7: IV. Vivace
Recorder Sonata in A minor, Op. 1, No. 1: I. Adagio
Recorder Sonata in A minor, Op. 1, No. 1: II. Allegro
Recorder Sonata in A minor, Op. 1, No. 1: III. Adagio
Recorder Sonata in A minor, Op. 1, No. 1: IV. Giga: Allegro
Recorder Sonata in E minor, Op. 3, No. 12: I. Adagio
Recorder Sonata in E minor, Op. 3, No. 12: II. Vivace
Recorder Sonata in E minor, Op. 3, No. 12: III. Largo
Recorder Sonata in E minor, Op. 3, No. 12: IV. Allegro
Recorder Sonata in E minor, Op. 3, No. 12: V. Gavotta: Presto

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