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The Trio Sonata In 18th-century France

Couperin / Dolle / Leclair / Baroque / Bodin
Release Date: 08/28/2012 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1855   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  François CouperinCharles DolléJean-Marie LeclairJoseph Bodin de Boismortier,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With the previous instalment of their survey of the trio sonata during the 17th and 18th centuries, the four members of London Baroque offered up what the website klassik-heute.de described as 'a delightful palette full of grace and esprit', presenting music by composers active in 18th-century England. Crossing the Channel, they have now arrived in France, and a musical environment undergoing rapid changes following the death of Louis XIV in 1715. The rigours of the Grand Siècle were relaxing and the stiff resistance against the Italian influences of Corelli was weakening. In 1725 François Couperin published his famous Apothéose de Lulli, in which he advocated a fusion of the Italian and French styles, and the following Read more year saw the collection Les Nations, which included L'Impériale recorded here. In it Couperin continued his mission, combining an Italian-style sonata with a sequence of dances in the French manner. Jean-Marie Leclair and his colleague (and great rival) Jean-Pierre Guignon took this one step further - Leclair studied and worked in Turin before making his mark in France, and Guignon was in fact born in Italy, as Giovanni Pietro Ghignone, and only arrived in France when he was in his twenties. Both of these rather extravagant characters were fêted violinists as well as composers, and wrote music mainly for their own instrument in an often virtuosic style. Their complete opposite, at least in terms of life-style, was Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, who was not known as a performer, and instead managed to make a very good living by composing a large number of small-scale works aimed at wealthy amateurs. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. L'impériale, for 2 violins & continuo (Les Nations) by François Couperin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 10/2010 
Venue:  St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Hampsh 
Length: 9 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2. Trio Sonata for violin, flute & continuo in G minor, Op. 1/6 by Charles Dollé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737 
Date of Recording: 10/2010 
Venue:  St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Hampsh 
Length: 10 Minutes 31 Secs. 
3. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G minor, Op. 13/3 by Jean-Marie Leclair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1753 
Date of Recording: 10/2010 
Venue:  St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Hampsh 
Length: 14 Minutes 27 Secs. 
4. Trio Sonatas (6), Op. 37: no 2 in E minor by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732; France 
Date of Recording: 10/2010 
Venue:  St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Hampsh 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
5. Trio Sonata for 2 violins & continuo in D major, Op. 4/2 by Jean-Pierre Guignon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 10/2010 
Venue:  St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Hampsh 
Length: 12 Minutes 44 Secs. 

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