The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century France


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The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century France



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3rd Sept 2012




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The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century France


Trio in E minor, Op. 37, No. 2 for violin, bass viol and b.c.

Couperin, F:


Dollé, C:

Sonata in G minor, Op. 1, No. 6


Sonata in D major, Op. 4, No. 2

Leclair, J-M:

Sonata No. 3 in G minor, Op. 13, No. 6



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London Baroque presents a disc charting the Trio Sonata in 18th-century France - a musical environment undergoing rapid changes following the death of Louis XIV in 1715.

In 1725 François Couperin published his Apothéose de Lulli, advocating a fusion of Italian and French styles, and the following year saw the collection Les Nations, which included L’Impériale recorded here.

Jean-Marie Leclair and his colleague (and great rival) Jean-Pierre Guignon took the idea one step further. Both were fêted violinists as well as composers, and wrote music mainly for their own instrument in an often virtuosic style.

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier was not known as a performer, and composed a large number of small-scale works aimed at wealthy amateurs.

Francois Couperin: Les Nations, 3rd Ordre, "L'Imperiale"

I. Sonade: Gravement - Vivement et marque - Gravement et marque - Tres lentement - Legerement - Rondement - Vivement

II. Allemande: Sans lenteur

III. Courante

IV. Courante II: Plus marquee

V. Sarabande: Tendrement

VI. Bouree: Gayement

VII. Gigue: D'une legerete moderee

VIII. Rondeau

IX. Chaconne

X. Menuet

Charles Dolle: Trio Sonata in G minor, Op. 1, No. 6

I. Adagio

II. Aria gratioso

III. Sarabanda

IV. Allegro ma non troppo

Jean-Marie Leclair: Sonata for 2 Violins in G minor, Op. 13, No. 3

I. Adagio

II. Allegro ma non troppo

III. Aria: Gratioso - Altro - Gratioso

IV. Allegro

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier: Sonata in E minor, Op. 37, No. 2

I. Allegro

II. Adagio

III. Allegro

Jean-Pierre Guignon: Sonata for 2 Violins in D major, Op. 4, No. 2

I. Staccato

II. Allegro

III. Andante

IV. Allegro

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