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LECLAIR: Chamber Music with Flute (Complete)

Composer(s):Leclair, Jean-Marie
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.557440-41
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The music of Jean-Marie Leclair exemplifies the values and aspirations of the Age of Enlightenment: clarity and rationality; balance, harmony and proportion; and avoidance of excess or exaggeration. Although Leclair is today more commonly remembered as the founder of the French school of violin writing, his flute compositions brilliantly exploit the technical and expressive resources of the instrument. Of particular note is the magisterial Chaconne from the Deuxième récréation de musique, described by John Solum (author of The Early Flute) as ‘one of the greatest movements ever conceived for flute’.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,September 2007

Born in Lyon in 1697 we first find Jean-Marie Leclair as a dancer at the Lyon Opera, and little is known of his musical training that changed him to a violinist and composer of the highest quality and esteem. He did give five years in the service to the royal court in the Netherlands, but otherwise spent the last forty years of his life in Paris where he was murdered in 1764. He wrote extensively for the violin including forty-eight sonatas, flautists grabbing the title page on eight of them which states ‘Cette Sonate peut se jouer sur la flute Allemande’, though they could simply have been a version of a violin sonatas aimed at extending sales to include the flute, as one of the sonatas goes outside the range of the flute at that time. The former principal flute



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