Notes and Editorial Reviews
The all-French program of music by composers Marin Marais and Antoine Forqueray recalls the Songs of the Auvergne and the beautiful French countryside. Trio Sonnerie delivers an expertly phrased and highly nuanced performance of Marais' La Gamme.
Marais' contemporary Forqueray provides a welcome addition to the program. His own prowess on the viol inspired his fiendishly virtuosic Suite No. 1 which stretched the performers to achieve new heights. Each performer has the opportunity to shine with the clean, crisp lines leaving no room for anything other than top notch playing.
Trio Sonnerie (Monica Huggett director & violin, Emilia Benjamin viola da gamba and James Johnstone harpsichord) is one of the longest
established and most highly regarded chamber groups working in Europe today.
Monica Huggett loses no time in asserting the brilliance of the violin, then fashionable in Paris, over the bass viol, playing here in subdued fashion by Emilia Benjamin.
Huggett's playing is pliant and effortless, her distinctive sound very much the ensemble's hallmark. Gambist Emilia Benjamin makes light work of Marais's virtuoso passagework, while James Johnstone offers robust, sinewy playing on an opulent-toned copy of a late 18th-century harpsichord. These gracious accounts rarely fail to please.
– BBC Music Magazine
The music on this disc bears witness to the high standard of music-making and performing in the time of Louis XIV. Trio Sonnerie - which derived its name from Marais's piece played here - feels like a fish in water. The playing is superb, technically assured and with an impressive command of the idiom.
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Works on This Recording
Pičces de viole: Suite no 1 in D minor by Antoine Forqueray
Trio Sonnerie (Trio)
Venue: St. Mary's Church, Dalton-in-Furness, Cu
Length: 21 Minutes 2 Secs.
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