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Classical - Released January 3, 2020 | Glossa

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Violin Concertos - Released April 5, 2019 | Glossa

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With a quartet of violin concertos by Jean-Marie Leclair, Leila Schayegh continues her exploration of the instrument’s repertory, combining musical insight, virtuosic brilliance and historical understanding. Leclair, who grew up in Lyon and studied in Turin before moving to Paris (he held a short-lived official post at Louis XV’s court in the 1730s) produced solo sonatas (and duos) as well as his acclaimed concertos. In her booklet notes, Leila Schayegh, who currently teaches Baroque violin at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, comments on how Leclair – an outstanding violinist himself – was in thrall to the Italian instrumental style but was concerned that his music should not be played too fast; he was praised for his “netteté”, a combination of impeccable technique and musical perfection. This first volume in Schayegh’s projected series of recordings of the Leclair violin concertos embraces the Nos. 2 and 6 works from the two six-concerto series of Opp 7 and 10. The G minor concerto, Op. 10 No. 6, is frequently cited as being the highpoint of Leclair’s output. For this dazzling new exhibition of the Swiss violinist’s art, Schayegh – who plays a late-seventeenth-century Andrea Guarneri instrument – directs Basel’s La Cetra Barockorchester, which features Eva Saladin as its “konzertmeisterin” and Sonoko Asabuki as a further principal violinist (Leclair’s concertos often called for up to three soloists). © Glossa
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Classical - Released May 5, 2017 | Glossa

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Classical - Released May 15, 2020 | Audax Records

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After an intensive and thorough exploration of rather unknown repertoire, Ensemble Diderot presents here one of the summits of French chamber music from the 18th century. Inspired by their vast knowledge of the trio sonata genre, the creative musicians around Johannes Pramsohler assess Leclair's masterpiece completely anew and deliver their most mature recording so far. Six gemstones, polished by four of the most interesting minds in the Early Music scene. © Audax Records
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Classical - Released April 8, 2014 | Outhere - Rewind

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Alpha Productions' Jean-Marie Leclair: Le Tombeau features the chamber group Les Folies Françoises under the direction of violinist Patrick Cohën-Akenine in a chamber overture from Op. 13, three sonatas from Op. 5, and the Concerto in G minor, Op. 10/6, by the ill-fated Leclair. In the concerto, Les Folies Françoises is filled out into a small orchestra whimsically referred to as the Orchestre des Folies Françoises, an appellation that can be translated as "the orchestra of French madmen," although that is probably not what they had in mind. It is the concerto that comes off best here, although all of the playing on Jean-Marie Leclair: Le Tombeau is at least decent and very French in character. It just doesn't feel definitive in the way certain other Alpha Productions issues of Baroque music, such as Bruno Cocset's recording of Vivaldi's cello sonatas or Stylus Phantasticus' Philipp Heinrich Erlebach collection, easily achieve -- Jean-Marie Leclair: Le Tombeau isn't quite up to that standard. Patrick Cohën-Akenine is tangled up in his strings during the difficult double-stops that open the title track, Sonata VI in C minor, Op. 5/6 "Le Tombeau," and one is left to wonder why Cohën-Akenine decided not to retake this passage. However, none of these pieces has been recorded with any great depth, so Jean-Marie Leclair: Le Tombeau is still a welcome addition to Leclair's catalog, and a decent place to start if one wants to investigate the music of Leclair. The booklet comes with an Agatha Christie-styled exposition of the murder of Leclair, including profiles of the four main suspects, that is informative and highly entertaining to read. © TiVo
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Classical - Released October 23, 2012 | Ramée

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Classical - Released November 27, 2015 | Alpha

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Classical - Released August 31, 2020 | Hunnia Records

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Classical - Released January 1, 2011 | Arcana

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When this album first appeared in 1992, violinist Fabio Biondi and keyboardist Rinaldo Alessandrini attracted little attention in comparision with the better-known historical-instrument specialists of northwestern Europe. Biondi's ensemble Europa Galante was still in its early years, and Alessandrini's hyper-dramatic Vivaldi readings were still years in the future. But the originality was there for those with ears to hear in these recordings of violin-and-continuo sonatas from Jean-Marie Leclair's first book, published in 1723. They don't really resemble Biondi's later recordings of Vivaldi's Four Seasons concertos and the like, but they were and have remained fresh readings of French repertory in which many performances have the whiff of rote. Biondi, playing not his trademark 1766 Gagliano instrument but a modern Baroque violin by Parmesan maker Desiderio Quercetani, forges a quintessentially French sound, with the bow strokes trailing off into affecting little caresses. Try one of the moderate-tempo dances, such as the gratioso-marked Gavotta of the Sonata No. 11 (track 6), for the full effect. These pieces, though designated sonatas by the composer, are uncommonly tight fusions of Italian sonatas and French dance suites, and Biondi throws himself into expressing this duality as an audience of the 18th century would have heard it. With excellent sound from the Metz Arsenal, an early success for recording early music digitally, this remains a prime pick for Leclair's winsome violin sonatas. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 15, 2021 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released March 4, 2014 | Sono Luminus

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Classical - Released January 15, 2008 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released December 22, 2008 | harmonia mundi

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Chamber Music - Released January 1, 1997 | naïve classique

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Chamber Music - Released January 1, 1997 | naïve classique

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Classical - Released December 27, 2019 | Brilliant Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1978 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 27, 2015 | Accent

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Classical - Released March 1, 1994 | Chandos

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Classical - Released November 30, 2015 | Fuga Libera

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