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A French Soiree / Trio Settecento

Lully / Couperin / Marais / Trio Settecento / Pine
Release Date: 11/15/2011 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 129  
Composer:  Jean-Baptiste LullyFrançois CouperinMarin MaraisJean-Féry Rebel,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Settecento
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Trio Settecento--Rachel Barton Pine, John Mark Rozendaal, and David Schrader--is back, and this time the focus is music of the French baroque (previous releases covered baroque Italy and Germany; next comes music of 17th-century England). The rap on French baroque music is that it's fussy, heavily accessorized with chichis and swirls and pouff-y ornaments, preciously formal and stylized for the formal and stylized court of Louis XIV. This perception, while certainly understandable, undoubtedly has resulted in the music's relegation to a sort of members-only underground fringe of the period-instrument/early music revival movement of the last 20 years. Outside of a few backrooms of the recital
Read more circuit, or a handful of rare, novelty opera-house reconstructions, the general public doesn't get to hear many live performances of this music--not so different from when it was originally performed--so when we do get a recording, it's gratifying that, as it is here, it's done with such respect for the clever compositional devices, pointedly emotional expressions, and the special nuances of the various dances and sonata movements. Ornaments? Yes, scads of them; but they aren't gratuitous frills. These three players know how to integrate them into the melodic and harmonic context as they should be, so they're an enhancement rather than a distraction.

Which brings us to this superb trio, experienced not only in the genre but as ensemble partners, who play on a very special set of instruments: Rozendaal leaves his cello aside in favor of his other instrument, a viola da gamba--a 1743 French bass viola da gamba to be exact; Schrader employs a copy of an 18th-century French harpsichord whose full-bodied resonance is very nicely balanced with the ensemble; and Barton Pine plays her "original, unaltered" 1770 Gagliano violin. The presence of these instruments is not insignificant: as Barton Pine explains in the very informative liner notes, "French baroque music is highly idiomatic to the instruments for which it was written." To this end the trio went so far as to set the pitch at A=392, as much for historical authenticity as for its decided effect on the instruments' resonance and resulting collective sound. The result is a celebration of the tonal qualities of these instruments as well as of the sophisticated and eminently repeatable musical selections and the virtuosic performances.

You could best find a summary of all that's great about this program in the final Leclair sonata, where Barton Pine demonstrates her stunning command of style, of virtuoso technique, and her obvious joy in playing this "glorious, ornate, and refined" music, which she refers to as "incredible repertoire". The ensemble shows its impressive cohesiveness in both style and substance in the two tricky Sarabandes by Couperin; Rozendaal is amazing in the Marais "La Guitare"; and if anyone wanted to offer a clinic on baroque ornamentation, Barton Pine's effort here would be the definitive demonstration. Yet I can't emphasize enough the solid, unwavering communicative skills shown by these musicians, which culminates in one of this year's more enjoyable--and replayable--recordings. The sound matches Cedille's usual high standard, captured in the fabulous acoustics of the Nichols Concert Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago. Highly recommended.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Ballet Royal de Flore: Entrée pour Vertumne by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Settecento
2. Ballet Royal de Flore: Entrée pour les Jardiniers et quatre Galants by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Settecento
3. Ballet Royal de Flore: Entrée pour les Galants et les Dames by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Settecento
4. Ballet Royal de Flore: Menuet pour les mêmes by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Settecento
5. Concerts royaux: Concert no 3 in A major by François Couperin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Settecento
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Paris, France 
6. Pièces de viole, Book 3: La guitarre by Marin Marais
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Settecento
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717; Paris, France 
7. Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 2: no 8 in D minor by Jean-Féry Rebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Settecento
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1713; France 
8. Pièces de clavecin en concerts: 4th Concert - no 1, La pantomime by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Settecento
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1741; France 
9. Pièces de clavecin en concerts: 4th Concert - no 4, La Rameau by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Settecento
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1741; France 
10. Pièces de clavecin en concerts: 4th Concert - no 2, L'indiscrette by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Settecento
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1741; France 
11. Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 12 by Jean Marie Leclair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Settecento

Sound Samples

Flore: Entree pour Vertumne
Flore: Entree pour les Jardiniers et quatre Galants
Flore: Entree pour les Galants et les Dames
Flore: Menuet pour les memes
Les gouts-reunis: Concerto No. 7 in G minor: III. Allemande
Les gouts-reunis: Concerto No. 7 in G minor: IV. Sarabande
Pieces de viole, Book 3: La Guitare
Les gouts-reunis: Concerto No. 7 in G minor: VII. Sicilienne
Les gouts-reunis: Concerto No. 7 in G minor: VI. Gavote
Pieces de violes, Book 1: Suite in G major: I. Prelude
Pieces de violes, Book 1: Suite in G major: III. Chaconne
Concerts royaux: Concerto No. 3 in A major: I. Prelude no 3
Concerts royaux: Concerto No. 3 in A major: II. Allemande
Concerts royaux: Concerto No. 3 in A major: III. Courante
Concerts royaux: Concerto No. 3 in A major: IV. Sarabande
Concerts royaux: Concerto No. 3 in A major: V. Gavotte
Concerts royaux: Concerto No. 3 in A major: VI. Muzette
Concerts royaux: Concerto No. 3 in A major: VII. Chaconne
Violin Sonata in D minor: I. Grave
Violin Sonata in D minor: II. Corrente
Violin Sonata in D minor: III. Rondeau
Pieces de clavecin en concerts: Concert No. 4 in B flat major: I. La Pantomime
Pieces de clavecin en concerts: Concert No. 4 in B flat major: II. L'Indiscrete
Pieces de clavecin en concerts: Concert No. 4 in B flat major: III. La Rameau
Violin Sonata in G major, Op. 5, No. 12: I. Adagio
Violin Sonata in G major, Op. 5, No. 12: II. Allegro ma non troppo
Violin Sonata in G major, Op. 5, No. 12: III. Largo
Violin Sonata in G major, Op. 5, No. 12: IV. Ciaccona

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