Anima Concordia

Anima Concordia: J.M.Leclair Sonatas Two Violins 3 First Book

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Title: J.M.Leclair Sonatas Two Violins 3 First Book
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Jean-Marie Leclair (1697 Lyon- 1764 Paris) Sonatas a deux violons sans basse Premier Livre Op.3. written in Paris 1730. Performed by Paul Herrera and Kaori Toda as Anima Concordia on baroque violins. The violin duos, with their enforced economy of means, demonstrate just as much as the concertos a perfect union between musical brain, bowing arm and fingers. This music that hardly needs the intervention of a modern editor, since it is so meticulously set down.The basic formula of the Op.3 sonatas is this: the fast-slow-fast movement- scheme originating in the concertos of Vivaldi and his immediate Italian predecessors is adopted, although Sonata 3 allows itself an ultra brief slow introduction to the opening movement. The outer movements are generally in a bipartite (binary) form consisting of two repeated sections. The slow movements that they enclose employ either binary form with two or more episodes (petits couplets). Double- stopping is employed sparingly in movements, often producing the aural effect of a quartet and a certain harmonic lushness. Dances-titles appear for some movements (never however, the first), and many familiar character pieces. The slow movement of sonata I, for instance, is a"musette en rondeau", reproducing the the familiar drone bass in is grand couple. It illustrates perfectly the "gout champetre (rural style) that began to sweep France around this time, symbolized by the popularity of the musette (bagpipe) instrument itself and the vielle (hurdy-gurdy). The finale of the final sonata resembles a French tambourin, although the listener will perhaps think first of the finale of Vivaldi's "la primavera" from "le quattro stagione", a concerto extremely popular in France (in 1730 Louis XV even commanded an orchestra of nobles to perform it for him). In the more abstract quick movements Vivaldi's influence and inspiration come to the fore- nowhere more so than in the first movement of the second sonata, which has clear echoes of the first movement of the fifth concerto of Vivaldi "l'estro armonico", Op.3 (1711), an emblematic piece that summed up for all Europe the primitive vigour of the concerto genre. Michael Talbot {c} 2009 (extract) Reviews: This CD enriches our appreciation of the originality and imagination of the music of Jean -Marie Leclair The Record Geijitsu Magazine, Tokyo, 2010 They convey all the beauty of Leclair's work, it is well worth taking some quality listening time for this performance CDJournal Magazine, Tokyo 2010 A baroque duet whose sound is a rich and romantic experience! A.Takahashi, The Record Geijitsu Magazine, Tokyo, 2010.

Tracks:
1.1 Sonata I Allegro
1.2 Allegro Ma Poco
1.3 Allegro
1.4 Sonata II Allegro
1.5 Sarabanda
1.6 Allegro
1.7 Sonata III Adagio-Vivace
1.8 Adagio
1.9 Allegro
1.10 Sonata IV Allegro Assai
1.11 Aria Gratioso
1.12 Giga Allegro Moderato
1.13 Sonata V Allegro Ma Poco
1.14 Andante Gavotte Gratioso
1.15 Presto
1.16 Sonata VI Andante
1.17 Largo
1.18 Allegro Ma Non Troppo

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