Guillemain: Sonata for Violin and Basso continuo in A major Op. 1 No. 4
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Leclair & his Rivals
Leila Schayegh (baroque violin) & Jörg Halubek (harpsichord)
From today’s perspective Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764) was the most important violinist of the 18th-century in France. His influence on music and the violin was so great that he is even described as the founder of the French violin school. In 1733 Leclair’s success finally led to a position at the court of Louis XV as an “ordinaire de la musique du roy”. For the king, however, it was not enough to take only one outstanding violinist into his orchestra, but shortly afterwards he engaged Jean-Pierre Guignon (1702-1774) and later Louis-Gabriel Guillemain (1705-1770), also evenly matched rivals, which led to a violent long-standing power struggle. This rivalry is stimulating, and there emerged from the court of Louis XV an exciting repertoire of French violin music, which is worth rediscovering today. With the Baroque violinist Leila Schayegh and her accompanist Jörg Halubek this journey of discovery has been made with top-class performers - Schayegh's last CD of sonatas by Franz Benda won the Diapason d'or in 2012.
“This is the kind of recording I really love hearing … Leila Schayegh and Jorg Halubek , both products of the Schola Cantorum in Basel, give absolutely wonderful renditions of five remarkable pieces.” Early Music Review, December 2012
“Both works combine suave elegance with brilliance and originality.” Sunday Times, 11th November 2012
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