Joseph Bodin de Boismortier – Six Sonates – Elysium Ensemble (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:11:11 minutes | 1,2 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: was made in the warm acoustic of Studio 520 at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Adelaide on 2–6 February and 20–24 April 2015.
The original recording was made in ultra-high resolution DXD (352.8kHz) using Sonodore
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier did not come from a celebrated family of musicians, as did such notable contemporaries as Jacques Hotteterre (1674–1763) and François Couperin (1668–1733). The son of a merchant confectioner, he held no long-term official post at the French court or other noble or ecclesiastical musical establishment. Acknowledged as being pleasant and good company, clever, original and inventive, he was simply a talented and prolific composer of profitable and popular works that enabled him to live a life of fame and luxury.
Boismortier did not feel the need for what in French is known as succès d’estime, praise from the critics (but with poor sales). Rather, he had real popularity, a popularity that should not prejudice us against the quality of his compositions or his skill as a composer. He was writing for a cultured, knowledgeable and sophisticated audience.
Following on from their critically acclaimed Resonus debut of duets by Johann Joachim Quantz, the second in a series of releases based on research into historical performance practice sees the Elysium Ensemble record an album of the Six Sonates, Op. 51, by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689-1755).
The second in a series of releases based on research into historical performance practice sees Elysium principles Greg Dikmans (flute) and Lucinda Moon (violin) continue their exploration of neglected and lesser-known works continuing the theme of ‘The Art of Elegant Conversation’.
Prolific in his lifetime, publishing over 100 collections of Suites, Sonatas and other instrumental music, Boismortier’s great depth and imagination comes through in these duos for flute and violin brought to life with panache by the Elysium Ensemble.
The sonatas in this collection are among Boismortier’s finest chamber music and are unlike those found in any other collection of duets. First, they are written specifically for the flute and violin and, second, the violin part employs many chords, hence the violon par accords (violin with chords) in the title. The violin plays a dual role: joining in a dialogue with the flute while also providing an harmonic accompaniment. This last characteristic, which could be seen as a design constraint because of the limitation of which chords the violin can or cannot play, means the music evolves in new and interesting ways.
These sonatas demonstrate Boismortier’s harmonic inventiveness and skill at writing agreeable, charming melodies. The close voicing of the chords created by the interplay of flute and violin creates a rich palette of sonorities and textures.
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689–1755)
Six Sonates, Op. 51 (Paris, 1734)
Sonata No. 1 in G Major
01 I. Andante 00:03:52
02 II. Presto 00:01:35
03 III. Sicigliana 00:03:56
04 IV. Allegro 00:03:01
Sonata No. 2 in E Minor
05 I. Vivace 00:02:15
06 II. Allegro 00:03:05
07 III. Aria 00:02:16
08 IV. Gigha 00:02:18
Sonata No. 3 in D Major
09 I. Largo 00:02:26
10 II. Allegro, ma non presto 00:04:17
11 III. Adagio 00:01:18
12 IV. Allegro 00:03:56
Sonata No. 4 in D Minor
13 I. Adagio 00:03:10
14 II. Allegro 00:03:08
15 III. Aria 00:02:41
16 IV. Gavotta 00:03:32
Sonata No. 5 in A Major
17 I. Larghetto 00:03:08
18 II. Presto 00:02:07
19 III. Sarabanda 00:01:52
20 IV. Allegro 00:02:17
Sonata No. 6 in G Minor
21 I. Andante 00:04:54
22 II. Allemanda 00:03:03
23 III. Aria 00:03:15
24 IV. Minoetto I, II & III 00:03:49
Greg Dikmans, flute
Lucinda Moon, violin