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Louis-Gabriel Guillemain (1705-1770): Sonatas for flute, harpsichord & strings / Ensemble Barockin'

Album Summary

>Guillemain, Louis-Gabriel : Sonata no 3 in D minor, Op. 12/3 (from Conversations Galantes)
>Guillemain, Louis-Gabriel : Sonate en Quatuor for flute, violin, bass viol & continuo in G major, Op. 12/1
>Guillemain, Louis-Gabriel : Sonate en Quatuor for flute, violin, bass viol & continuo in C minor, Op. 17/4
>Guillemain, Louis-Gabriel : Sonate en Quatuor for flute, violin, bass viol & continuo in D major, Op. 17/5
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Louis-Gabriel Guillemain, a violinist at the court of Louis XV, was known by his contemporaries above all for his virtuosity, his impulsiveness, and also for his extravagant life style. A "rock star" of the eighteenth century, who in the end died with an injured soul and under mysterious circumstances: his body was found with fourteen stab wounds.... Yet Guillemain was much more than a passionate virtuoso. His two collections of Sonates en quatours - uvre XII (1743) and XVII (1756) - which both bear the designation Conversations galantes et amusantes, present musical images of the intellectually stimulating conversations at the court of Louis XV in Versailles and captivate with a then modern melodic structure and very demanding, innovative playing technique. Ensemble Barockin' has risen to these challenges and recorded the nearly forgotten sonatas, including two world premieres, for RAUMKLANG. The international ensemble around artistic director Dmitry Lepekhov (German Record Critic's Award 2011), with musicians from Russia, Japan, and France, are united in their dedication to historical performance practice. With their debut CD, they add another jewel to the repertoire of French late-Baroque chamber music.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Listening to this recording was one of the most pleasant hours I have enjoyed recently. Guillemain's sonatas are subtitled "galant and amusing conversations between a flute, violin, a bass viola da gamba, and basso continuo"; and in every respect these compositions reflect a perfectly balanced sonic conversation. They were most likely inspired by Telemann's socalled Paris Quartets.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Reitstadel in Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (10/14/2013/10/15/2013).



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Works Details

>Guillemain, Louis-Gabriel : Sonata no 3 in D minor, Op. 12/3 (from Conversations Galantes)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Barockin'
  • Notes: Reitstadel in Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (10/14/2013/10/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1743

>Guillemain, Louis-Gabriel : Sonate en Quatuor for flute, violin, bass viol & continuo in G major, Op. 12/1
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Barockin'
  • Notes: Reitstadel in Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (10/14/2013/10/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1743

>Guillemain, Louis-Gabriel : Sonate en Quatuor for flute, violin, bass viol & continuo in C minor, Op. 17/4
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Barockin'
  • Notes: Reitstadel in Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (10/14/2013/10/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1756

>Guillemain, Louis-Gabriel : Sonate en Quatuor for flute, violin, bass viol & continuo in D major, Op. 17/5
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Barockin'
  • Notes: Reitstadel in Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (10/14/2013/10/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1756