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LECLAIR, J.-M.: Violin Sonatas, Op. 1, Nos. 5-8 (Butterfield, McGillivray, Cummings)

Composer(s):Leclair, Jean-Marie
Artist(s) Butterfield, Adrian, baroque violin • Cummings, Laurence, harpsichord • McGillivray, Alison, viola da gamba
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570889
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Adrian Butterfield, Alison McGillivray and Laurence Cummings bring a wealth of expertise to their elegant interpretations of Leclair’s First Book of Violin Sonatas in which the French composer drew on Corelli’s path-breaking examples. While enlivening French chamber music with Italianate vivacity, Leclair also revels in the ornamentation, love of lyricism and touches of pastoral colour characteristic of his native land, while nodding here to the Scottish style of fiddling or there to the gentle sound of a shepherd’s bagpipe. Volume 1 (Sonatas Nos. 1–4) are available on Naxos 8.570888.


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,September 2009

The first volume of these sonatas recently reviewed was a delight, and this second disc—as expected—is no disappointment. These musicians have a firm grasp of the style, and the recording is nicely balanced and acoustically lively. Given the vast number of works penned by Leclair (3 more books of sonatas, plus 2 volumes of concertos), and this label's penchant for complete sets of major works, it looks like collectors have much to look forward to from these wonderful artists.


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