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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
Premiere serenade ou Simphonie francoise, Op. 39: Ouverture
Premiere serenade ou Simphonie francoise, Op. 39: Entree rustique
Premiere serenade ou Simphonie francoise, Op. 39: Air gracieux
Premiere serenade ou Simphonie francoise, Op. 39: Gavotte en rondeau
Premiere serenade ou Simphonie francoise, Op. 39: Choeur imaginaire
Premiere serenade ou Simphonie francoise, Op. 39: Rigaudon et deuxieme rigaudon
Premiere serenade ou Simphonie francoise, Op. 39: Rondeau
Premiere serenade ou Simphonie francoise, Op. 39: Menuet et deuxieme menuet
Premiere serenade ou Simphonie francoise, Op. 39: Gavotte
Premiere serenade ou Simphonie francoise, Op. 39: Sarabande
Premiere serenade ou Simphonie francoise, Op. 39: Air vif
Premiere serenade ou Simphonie francoise, Op. 39: Air modere
Premiere serenade ou Simphonie francoise, Op. 39: Gigue
Premiere serenade ou Simphonie francoise, Op. 39: Villageoise et deuxieme villageoise
Premiere serenade ou Simphonie francoise, Op. 39: Musette
Premiere serenade ou Simphonie francoise, Op. 39: Les reverences nuptiales
Premiere serenade ou Simphonie francoise, Op. 39: Loure
Premiere serenade ou Simphonie francoise, 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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