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Boismortier: Ballets De Village, Sérénade / Concert Sprituel


Release Date: 06/13/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554295   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Joseph Boismortier was a French Baroque composer who had to live by his wits, having no patrons or prestigious positions. The notes for this CD quote Jean-Benjamin's assessment in 1780: "Happy is he, Boismortier, whose fertile quill each month, without pain, conceives new airs at will." Boismortier, for lack of a better answer to his critics, would always answer: "I am earning money." His four Ballets de Village are rustic suites that make extensive use of the musette and hurdy-gurdy, instruments considered country cousins, not to be used in "serious" music. Boismortier writes for them with great skill; the droning din they set up is most appealing. This is joyous
Read more music, which at times, especially at the beginning to Cinquième gentillesse, is reminiscent of Handel's Water Music. The Serenade is a more "serious" composition. Though it uses folk dances and dance rhythms it omits the rustic instruments, retaining pairs of flutes and oboes as the wind compliment.

All of this delightful music is performed with verve and finesse by the musicians of Le Concert Spirituel, and it's recorded in spacious sound that imparts a feeling of the great outdoors or a meeting hall without muddying any of the exquisite instrumental textures. This is the second CD of Boismortier's music that this ensemble has recorded for Naxos. Let's hope that soon these superb musicians will address the composer's masterpiece: Daphnis et Chloé.

-- Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Balets de village en trio (4), Op. 52: no 1 by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Notre Dame du Bon Secours, Paris, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2.
Gentillesses en 3 parties, Bk 2, Op. 45: no 5 by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1733; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Notre Dame du Bon Secours, Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
3.
Balets de village en trio (4), Op. 52: no 2 by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Notre Dame du Bon Secours, Paris, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 50 Secs. 
4.
Sérénades ou simphonies françoises (2), Op. 39: no 1 by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Notre Dame du Bon Secours, Paris, France 
Length: 33 Minutes 11 Secs. 
5.
Balets de village en trio (4), Op. 52: no 3 by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Notre Dame du Bon Secours, Paris, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 37 Secs. 
6.
Balets de village en trio (4), Op. 52: no 4 by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1734; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  Notre Dame du Bon Secours, Paris, France 
Length: 9 Minutes 3 Secs. 

Sound Samples

4 Balets de village en trio, Op. 52: Premier ballet, Op. 52
2e livre de gentillesses en 3 parties, Op. 45: Gaiement
2e livre de gentillesses en 3 parties, Op. 45: Gracieusement
2e livre de gentillesses en 3 parties, Op. 45: Gaiment
4 Balets de village en trio, Op. 52: Deuxieme ballet, Op. 52
2 Serenades ou simphonies francoises en 3 parties, Op. 39: Ouverture
2 Serenades ou simphonies francoises en 3 parties, Op. 39: Entree rustique
2 Serenades ou simphonies francoises en 3 parties, Op. 39: Air gracieux
2 Serenades ou simphonies francoises en 3 parties, Op. 39: Gavotte en rondeau
2 Serenades ou simphonies francoises en 3 parties, Op. 39: Choeur imaginaire
2 Serenades ou simphonies francoises en 3 parties, Op. 39: Rigaudon et deuxieme rigaudon
2 Serenades ou simphonies francoises en 3 parties, Op. 39: Rondeau
2 Serenades ou simphonies francoises en 3 parties, Op. 39: Menuet et deuxieme menuet
2 Serenades ou simphonies francoises en 3 parties, Op. 39: Gavotte
2 Serenades ou simphonies francoises en 3 parties, Op. 39: Sarabande
2 Serenades ou simphonies francoises en 3 parties, Op. 39: Air vif
2 Serenades ou simphonies francoises en 3 parties, Op. 39: Air modere
2 Serenades ou simphonies francoises en 3 parties, Op. 39: Gigue
2 Serenades ou simphonies francoises en 3 parties, Op. 39: Villageoise et deuxieme villageoise
2 Serenades ou simphonies francoises en 3 parties, Op. 39: Musette
2 Serenades ou simphonies francoises en 3 parties, Op. 39: Les reverences nuptiales
2 Serenades ou simphonies francoises en 3 parties, Op. 39: Loure
2 Serenades ou simphonies francoises en 3 parties, Op. 39: Chaconne
4 Balets de village en trio, Op. 52: Troisieme ballet, Op. 52
4 Balets de village en trio, Op. 52: Quatrieme ballet, Op. 52

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