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Bonbons: Geminiani, Pachelbel, Purcell / Labadie, Violons Du Roy

Violons Du Roy / Labadie / Purcell / Mozart
Release Date: 10/26/2010 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 2600   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Francesco GeminianiJohann PachelbelHenry PurcellAlessandro Marcello,   ... 
Performer:  Diane Lacelle
Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BONBONS Bernard Labadie, cond; Dianne Lacelle (ob 1 ); Marie-Andrée Benny (fl 2 ); Les Violons du Roy ATMA 2600 (65:00)


GEMINIANI Concerto Grosso, op. 5/12, “La Folia.” PACHELBEL Canon and Gigue in D. PURCELL Read more Chaconne in g. 1 MARCELLO Oboe Concerto in d. BACH 1 Sinfonia, BWV 156; Orchestral Suite, BWV 1068: Air. MOZART Serenade in G, K 525, “Eine kleine Nachtmusik.” 2 GLUCK Dance of the Blessed Spirits


You might say that the Québec-based Les Violons du Roy is a “hybrid” group. Formed in 1985 as a smallish string orchestra, the ensemble has played exclusively on modern instruments since its beginnings but uses period bows and historical performance practice for the earlier repertoire. The lightweight Baroque bow might seem incapable of controlling the steel E string of a modern violin, but the players clearly can dig in as well as anyone. In truth the group produces some of the most enticing string sounds on CD. The best illustration of this is its 1999 recording of Vivaldi string concertos (Dorian 90255), unfortunately no longer available. I return to this disc often; it is simply one of the most gorgeous-sounding recordings of Vivaldi string music in my library.


Les Violons du Roy plays at modern pitch, but this should not be an issue for Baroque music, since orchestras in Vivaldi’s time routinely tuned to a = 440 Hz, or even higher. Another laudable feature is the continuo contingent, which includes a prominent theorbo (doubling on Baroque guitar) and chamber organ in addition to harpsichord. The performers have clearly been steeped in the early-music style, but they don’t flaunt it the way other groups do. There is even a little vibrato now and then to warm up the sound. This is highly competent, expressive playing, but minus the overdone, incessant swelling of many period groups.


I should hasten to add that Les Violons du Roy players do not confine themselves to the Baroque. They’ve recorded an album of Bartók for Atma, and their SACD of the music of Astor Piazzolla, strangely overlooked by Fanfare , has been a best-seller.


The present potpourri disc, obviously aimed at the first-time collector, includes many of the Greatest Hits of the Baroque and Beyond. The opening Geminiani concerto grosso is played with such vitality and polish that I wish the group would make a complete recording of Geminiani its very next project. I didn’t need to hear the Canon and Gigue again, but at Bernard Labadie’s sprightly tempo, it’s almost palatable. The Marcello concerto receives a nuanced performance from oboist Dianne Lacelle (playing a modern instrument); the Bach sinfonia is likewise treated with loving care. Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” is played a bit more vigorously than usual; I prefer the integrity of this version to Andrew Manze’s rather fussy treatment on Harmonia Mundi. Finally, Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits benefits from the finely shaded playing of the group’s solo flutist, Marie-Andrée Benny.


The recorded sound is all that one could wish for: full-bodied yet realistic. If you are lacking any of these pieces in your library, this disc is the perfect way to acquire them. But I would urge you to check out some of the group’s other CDs on Atma, such as its stunning Water Music , or its jammin’ SACD of the music of Piazzolla.


FANFARE: Christopher Brodersen
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerti grossi (12) after Op. 5 of Arcangelo Corelli: no 12 in D minor "La Follia" by Francesco Geminiani
Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1729; London, England 
2. Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major by Johann Pachelbel
Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
3. Chacony for Strings in G minor, Z 730 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
4. Concerto for Oboe in D minor by Alessandro Marcello
Performer:  Diane Lacelle (Oboe)
Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1717; Italy 
5. Ich steh' mit einem Fuss im Grabe, BWV 156: Sinfonia/Arioso by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Leipzig, Germany 
6. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
7. Serenade no 13 in G major, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
8. Orfeo ed Euridice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Concerto Grosso in D minor (after Corelli's Sonata, Op. 5, No. 12, "La Follia)
Canon and Gigue in D major: Canon
Canon and Gigue in D major: Gigue
Chacony in G minor, Z. 730 (arr. for orchestra)
Oboe Concerto in D minor: I. Andante spiccato
Oboe Concerto in D minor: II. Adagio
Oboe Concerto in D minor: III. Presto
Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe, BWV 156: I. Sinfonia: Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe, BWV 156: Sinfonia
Overture (Suite) No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: II. Air
Serenade No. 13 in G major, K. 525, "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" : I. Allegro
Serenade No. 13 in G major, K. 525, "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" : II. Romanze
Serenade No. 13 in G major, K. 525, "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" : III. Menuetto
Serenade No. 13 in G major, K. 525, "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" : IV. Rondo
Orphee et Eurydice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits

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