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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:  Rinaldo AlessandriniMaurizio NaddeoFabio BiondiPascal Monteilhet
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

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

Customer Reviews

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 Clean, attractive performances September 28, 2017 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "In a recent interview, Fabio Biondi said, "the music is first, the composer is first – and then we [the musicians] follow." That artistic stance makes this new release of Leclair concertos such a treasure. Jean-Marie Leclair was a virtuoso violinist credited with founding the French violin school. Like many performers, he wrote music primarily for himself to play in public. These works give us an idea of his technical abilities. Leclair also left extensive notes and instructional materials behind, so we also have a good idea of his preferences for phrasing and articulation. Fabio Biondi is the soloist for this selection of Leclair concertos. And by placing the composer/performer first, Biondi gives us an idea of Leclair's extraordinary talent, and how it could generate an entire school of playing. Biondi plays with a light touch, with his bow fairly dancing across the strings. At the same time, each note is articulated with precision. Leclair's music is expressive, but it's tempered by subtlety and refinement -- especially as played by Biondi. Leclair's concertos are models of French Baroque balance and form. The Europa Galante performs them with a warm, measured sound. The ensemble plays elegantly without sounding restrained. Of course, we can never know for certain what Leclair actually sounded like. But I can't help but think these clean, attractive performances come very close." Report Abuse
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