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The Trio Sonata In 18th-century England / London Baroque

London Baroque / Seifert / Gwitt / Mediam / Devine
Release Date: 08/31/2010 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1765  
Composer:  John RavenscroftGeorge Frideric HandelCharles AvisonWilliam Boyce,   ... 
Performer:  Richard GwiltSteven DevineCharles MedlamIngrid Seifert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

On three previous discs, London Baroque has charted the emergence of the trio sonata in France, England and Germany during the 17th century. Now returning to England, the ensemble has devised a programme consisting of works composed during the following century, and demonstrating the huge influence of Corelli, as well as tendencies – in the later works – towards the newer galant and pre-classical styles. The list of composers includes Handel, whose position in the musical life of his adopted country gives him pride of place with no less than two sonatas. Another London-based German, Karl Friedrich Abel, is also represented on the disc. Among the home-grown talent we find Thomas Arne, today primarily famous for having written Rule Britannia, Read more as well as William Boyce, John Ravenscroft and others. London Baroque’s grand tour of Europe in the footsteps of the trio sonata has been warmly received by the reviewers. Their previous English sojourn was described in Strad Magazine as ‘carefully considered performances [which] radiate real empathy with the idiom’, while the visit to the France of Lully, Marais and the Couperins, according to the German website Klassik Heute offered ‘everything that one might possibly wish for … charm, elegance, eloquence, force, flexibility, fire, intimacy, and the most important: soul.’ The German instalment, released in March 2008, also received a warm welcome, for instance in American Record Guide: ‘a wonderful anthology ... This is absolutely gorgeous music, played with confidence and distinction.’ Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata in G major, Op. 1 no 8 by John Ravenscroft
Performer:  Richard Gwilt (Violin), Steven Devine (Harpsichord), Charles Medlam (Cello),
Ingrid Seifert (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
2. Trio Sonata for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo in G minor, HWV 390/Op. 2 no 5 (6) by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Charles Medlam (Cello), Ingrid Seifert (Violin), Steven Devine (Harpsichord),
Richard Gwilt (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
3. Trio Sonatas (7) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 2 in D major, HWV 397 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Ingrid Seifert (Violin), Charles Medlam (Cello), Steven Devine (Harpsichord),
Richard Gwilt (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1737-1738; London, England 
4. Trio Sonatas (6) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 1: no 1 in Chromatic Dorian mode by Charles Avison
Performer:  Ingrid Seifert (Violin), Charles Medlam (Cello), Steven Devine (Harpsichord),
Richard Gwilt (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
5. Trio Sonatas (12) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo: no 5 in D major by William Boyce
Performer:  Richard Gwilt (Violin), Ingrid Seifert (Violin), Charles Medlam (Cello),
Steven Devine (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1747; England 
6. Trio Sonatas (7) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 3: no 2 in G major by Thomas Augustine Arne
Performer:  Steven Devine (Harpsichord), Ingrid Seifert (Violin), Charles Medlam (Cello),
Richard Gwilt (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1757; London, England 
7. Sonatas (6) for Violin/Flute, Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 3: no 1 in G major by Karl Friedrich Abel
Performer:  Steven Devine (Harpsichord), Ingrid Seifert (Violin), Charles Medlam (Cello),
Richard Gwilt (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1761 
8. Trio Sonatas (6): no 6 in G Major by (Earl of Kelly) Erskine
Performer:  Charles Medlam (Cello), Ingrid Seifert (Violin), Steven Devine (Harpsichord),
Richard Gwilt (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1769; London, England 

Sound Samples

12 Sonate a 3, Op. 1: Sonata No. 8: I. Largo
12 Sonate a 3, Op. 1: Sonata No. 8: II. Allegro
12 Sonate a 3, Op. 1: Sonata No. 8: III. Grave
12 Sonate a 3, Op. 1: Sonata No. 8: IV. Allegro
Trio Sonata in G minor, Op. 2, No. 5, HWV 390a: I. Larghetto
Trio Sonata in G minor, Op. 2, No. 5, HWV 390a: II. Allegro
Trio Sonata in G minor, Op. 2, No. 5, HWV 390a: III. Adagio
Trio Sonata in G minor, Op. 2, No. 5, HWV 390a: IV. Allegro
Trio Sonata, Op. 1, No. 1: I. Adagio - Andante
Trio Sonata, Op. 1, No. 1: II. Allegro
Trio Sonata, Op. 1, No. 1: III. Dolce
Trio Sonata, Op. 1, No. 1: IV. Allegro
Trio Sonata No. 5 in D major: I. Allegro
Trio Sonata No. 5 in D major: II. Largo
Trio Sonata No. 5 in D major: III. Fuga: Allegro assai
Trio Sonata No. 2 in G major: I. Largo
Trio Sonata No. 2 in G major: II. Con spirito
Trio Sonata No. 2 in G major: III. Largo
Trio Sonata No. 2 in G major: IV. Allegro
Trio Sonata in D major, Op. 5, No. 2, HWV 397: I. Adagio
Trio Sonata in D major, Op. 5, No. 2, HWV 397: II. Allegro
Trio Sonata in D major, Op. 5, No. 2, HWV 397: III. Musette: Andante - Allegro - Andante
Trio Sonata in D major, Op. 5, No. 2, HWV 397: IV. Marche
Trio Sonata in D major, Op. 5, No. 2, HWV 397: V. Gavotte: Allegro
Trio Sonata in G major, Op. 3, No. 1: I. Vivace
Trio Sonata in G major, Op. 3, No. 1: II. Adagio ma non troppo
Trio Sonata in G major, Op. 3, No. 1: III. Minuetto
Trio Sonata No. 6 in G major: I. Andantino
Trio Sonata No. 6 in G major: II. Tempo di Minuetto

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