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Leclair: Premier Livre De Sonates

Leclair / Alessandrini / Biondi
Release Date: 04/12/2011 
Label:  Arcana   Catalog #: 361   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean-Marie Leclair
Performer:  Fabio BiondiRinaldo AlessandriniPascal MonteilhetMaurizio Naddeo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

What is most remarkable in his work is precisely the perfect equilibrium that is found between different tendencies within each work: audacity and boldness, but profoundly reflected thought, presented without haste and with a sure grasp. A perfect correctness of style, without coldness, on the other hand a certain lyricis, particularly in the slow movements, whose pace is grave and almost majestic. Sometimes there is tenderness but always it is contained: sometimes there is also ardour, ma non troppo. And so there is always a balance which also affects the way in which he combines the Italian tradition of writing and the manipulation of the violin with the French tradition. Philippe Beaussant, from the liner notes A shadowy, unstable and Read more misanthropic character, died mysteriously from a knife wound inflicted by an unknown assailant, Jean-Marie Leclair is the real creator of the French violin school and one of the greatest violinists of the Eighteenth Century. His prolific output, almost exclusively devoted to the violin, consists of a series of collections of sonatas published throughout his lifetime, in which stand out 48 sonatas for violin and bass (four volumes). The First Book of Sonatas for Solo Violin with Basso Continuo dates from 1723 and represents Leclair's first publication. Four sonatas are performed here by Fabio Biondi, one of the most authoritative Baroque performers, joined by an all-star continuo group featuring Rinaldo Alessandrini, Pascal Monteilhet and Maurizio Naddeo. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for violin & continuo in G major, Op. 1/8 by Jean-Marie Leclair
Performer:  Fabio Biondi (Violin), Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord), Pascal Monteilhet (Theorbo),
Maurizio Naddeo (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Grande Sala dell'Arsenale di Metz 
Length: 19 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for violin & continuo in B flat major, Op. 1/11 by Jean-Marie Leclair
Performer:  Pascal Monteilhet (Theorbo), Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord), Maurizio Naddeo (Cello),
Fabio Biondi (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Grande Sala dell'Arsenale di Metz 
Length: 13 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for violin & continuo in F major, Op. 1/7 by Jean-Marie Leclair
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord), Pascal Monteilhet (Theorbo), Maurizio Naddeo (Cello),
Fabio Biondi (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Grande Sala dell'Arsenale di Metz 
Length: 15 Minutes 46 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for violin & continuo in B flat major, Op. 1/3 by Jean-Marie Leclair
Performer:  Fabio Biondi (Violin), Maurizio Naddeo (Cello), Pascal Monteilhet (Theorbo),
Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Grande Sala dell'Arsenale di Metz 
Length: 14 Minutes 14 Secs. 

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