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Leclair: Trio Sonatas, Op. 4 / Musica Alta Ripa

Release Date: 02/16/2018 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog #: 3090428  
Composer:  Jean-Marie Leclair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Alta Ripa
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

When Musica Alta Ripa recorded Jean-Marie Leclair’s Trio Sonatas op. 4 in January 1992 and released them on LP in 1993, this debut album became a sought-after premiere release. Since even then the MDG sound engineers were working with the latest digital technology, this production from Nordkirchen Castle’s Baroque Festive Hall could be transferred to disc and digital without a hitch and with the finest room nuances. Leclair was one of the best violinists of his time. The story is told that he had to compete in a musical duel with Locatelli in Kassel- then a most highly popular form of musical entertainment. The chronicler describes his “devilish” playing, contrasting it with the “angelic” style of his Italianrival. His trio sonatas suggest Read more familiarity with the Italian school but also draw on entirely independent French traditions and shine with ingenious inventions and harmonic refinements. The virtuoso and composer Leclair was repeatedly drawn to Paris, where he would play the role of the victim in one of crime history’s greatest mysteries. His murder in October 1764 was never solved. Musica Alta Ripa has worked with MDG for many years, successfully establishing itself as one of the most sought-after early music ensembles. The ensemble’s recordings have earned many international awards, and the vibrant joy of these performances is a source of pure listening fun. Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonatas en trio (6) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 4 by Jean-Marie Leclair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Alta Ripa
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1731-1733; France 

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