The Trio Sonata through Two Centuries | BIS BIS9050

The Trio Sonata through Two Centuries


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Label: BIS

Cat No: BIS9050

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 8

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 28th September 2018



London Baroque


London Baroque


London Baroque maps the course of the trio sonata in England, France, Germany and Italy.

Formed in 1978, London Baroque enjoys the position of being one of the most experienced and long-lived baroque chamber groups. Combining 8 CDs originally released between 2003 and 2013, the present boxed set of trio sonatas can be seen as the fruit of all those years of research, experiment and discovery. The trio sonata was the primary vehicle for chamber music in the seventeenth and at least half of the eighteenth centuries. Its history mirrors other developments throughout the whole of the baroque era.

This set is chiefly concerned with those for two violins and continuo, with occasional digressions into those for violin, bass viol and continuo, and one with viola replacing the second violin. Like the string quartet in later ages, most composers (with some notable and regrettable exceptions) tried their hand in the form. The customary addition of a figured bass part played on a harpsichord or organ around 1600 meant that middle parts of the old contrapuntal style could be excluded and chamber music soon began to favour the trio sonata texture. 150 years later, with the string quartet, the process was reversed as the viola took over the middle ground previously occupied by the keyboard.


CD 1: The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century England
Orlando Gibbons, John Coprario, William Lawes, John Jenkins, Matthew Locke, Christopher Simpson, John Blow, Henry Purcell

CD 2: The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century England
John Ravenscroft, George Frideric Handel, Charles Avison, William Boyce, Thomas Arne, Carl Friedrich Abel, Thomas Erskine

CD 3: The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century France
Jena-Baptiste Lully, Jean Nicolas Geoffroy, Louis Couperin, François Couperin, Gaspard Le Roux, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Marin Marais, Jean-Féry Rebel

CD 4: The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century France
François Couperin, Charles Dollé, Jean-Marie Leclair, Jospeh-Bodin de Boismortier, Jean-Pierre Guignon

CD 5: The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century Germany
Johann Vierdanck, Nicolaus a Kempis, Johann Schmelzer, Dietrich Becker, Johann Rosenmüller, Matthias Weckmann, Carolus Hacquart, Dieterich Buxtehude, Johann Kaspar Kerll, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

CD 6: The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century Germany
Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, Johann Friedrich Fasch, Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Johann Gottlieb Graun, Georg Philipp Telemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

CD 7: The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century Italy
Giovanni Paolo Cima, Francesco Turini, Giovanni Battista Buonamente, Dario Castello, Tarquinio Merula, Marco Uccelini, Andrea Falconiero, Maurizio Cazzati, Biagio Marini, Francesco Cavalli, Giovanni Legrenzi, Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi, Giovanni Maria Bononcini, Giovanni Battista Vitali, Giacinto Pestolozza, Arcangelo Corelli

CD 8: The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century Italy

Tomaso Albinoni, Francesco Antonio Bonporti, Antonio Vivaldi, Giovanni Bononcini, Nicola Porpora, Giuseppe Sammartini, Pietro Locatelli, Domenico Gallo, Giuseppe Tartini

London Baroque:
- Ingrid Seifert (violin)
- Richard Gwilt (violin, viola)
- Charles Medlam (bass viol, cello)
- Terence Charlston (harpsichord, organ)
- Steven Devine (harpsichord, organ)

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