Leclair - Violin Concertos from Op.7 | Glossa GCD923407

Leclair - Violin Concertos from Op.7

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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCD923407

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 5th May 2017

Contents

Works

Leclair, Jean-Marie

Violin Concertos (6), op.7
» no.1 in D minor
» no.3 in C major
» no.4 in F major
» no.5 in A minor

Artists

Fabio Biondi (violin)
Europa Galante

Conductor

Fabio Biondi

Works

Leclair, Jean-Marie

Violin Concertos (6), op.7
» no.1 in D minor
» no.3 in C major
» no.4 in F major
» no.5 in A minor

Artists

Fabio Biondi (violin)
Europa Galante

Conductor

Fabio Biondi

About

Jean-Marie Leclair epitomised the idea of an 18th-century virtuoso-composer, one whose compositional output largely reflects his activity as a performer. Whilst the French school possessed precursors such as Jean-Féry Rebel, it is very much to Leclair that it owes its genuine development. The virtuoso violinist became a highly sought-after teacher, and a full generation of musicians were recipients of his teaching.

Leclair published twelve concertos for violin in two sets, Op.7 (c.1737) and Op.10 (c.1743). The Op.7 collection, of which four concertos have been included in this recording, is without doubt partially made up of works which Leclair performed at the Concert Spirituel between 1728 and 1736.

Today, we are aware of the style employed by Leclair in his violin playing through his own writings and concert reviews from the time. His uncompromising ideal of performance is of a truly Apollonian nature: precision and integrity in execution, economy with the use of effects, accurate intonation and nobility of expression – all features brought to this new recording by Fabio Biondi and his already legendary ensemble, Europa Galante.

The scholar Louis Castelain of the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles provides the booklet notes.

Reviews

... it feels as though Fabio Biondi and Europe Galante have hit the nail on the head with these readings of four of the Op 7 violin concertos of 1737. Brightness and delicacy reign (not coolness), their allegros mostly see velocity playing second fiddle to mood, and even in the face of yawning temptation it’s refinement that always carries the day ... All in all, Leclair couldn’t have been displayed in a more warmly faithful light.  Charlotte Gardner
Gramophone July 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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