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LECLAIR, J.-M.: Violin Sonatas, Op. 1, Nos. 9-12 (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 8.570890
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Leclair’s studies of dancing and violin, and his admiration for Corelli’s influential set of Violin Sonatas Op. 5, stimulated the young Frenchman to compose his own set of twelve Violin Sonatas Op. 1 in which the fusion of the two national styles, les goûts réunis, is charmingly achieved. This third volume presents the last four sonatas, whose bright and energetic fast movements and luminously singing slow movements are complemented by the rustic quality of their dances. Volumes 1 (Nos. 1–4, 8.570888) and 2 (Nos. 5–8, 8.570889) are also available.


Review By Silvia Bier,,February 2010



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

The first two CDs of this set were unalloyed joy [8.570888 & 8.570889]—and the same holds true for this disc, which completes Book I. Their performances on all three discs are models of precision, good taste and excellent balance between the instruments.


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