Composer: Jean-Marie Leclair
Performer: Fabio Biondi – violin
Orchestra: Europa Galante
Number of Discs: 1 CD
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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante / Leclair – Violin Concertos (2017)
Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)
Violin Concerto in C Major, Op. 7 No. 3 15:41
01. I. Allegro 6:26
02. II. Adagio 5:34
03. III. Allegro assai 3:41
Violin Concerto Op. 7 No. 4 in F major 14:56
04. I. Allegro 5:32
05. II. Adagio 5:45
06. III. Allegro 3:39
Concerto Op. 7 No. 5 in A minor 15:24
07. I. Vivace 5:52
08. II. Largo 4:55
09. III. Allegro assai 4:37
Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 7 No. 1 13:19
10. I. Allegro 4:12
11. II. Aria. Gratioso 4:37
12. III. Vivace 4:30
Recorded: 23-25 November 2016
Recording Venue: Padua, San Francesco Grande, Sala Carità, Italy
Jean-Marie Leclair epitomised the idea of an 18th-century virtuoso-composer, one whose compositional output largely reflects his activity as a performer. Whilst the French school possessed precursors such as Jean-Féry Rebel, it is very much to Leclair that it owes its genuine development. The virtuoso violinist became a highly sought-after teacher, and a full generation of musicians were recipients of his teaching.
Leclair published twelve concertos for violin in two sets, Op 7 (c.1737) and Op 10 (c.1743). The Op 7 collection, of which four concertos have been included in this recording, is without doubt partially made up of works which Leclair performed at the Concert Spirituel between 1728 and 1736.
Today, we are aware of the style employed by Leclair in his violin playing through his own writings and concert reviews from the time. His uncompromising ideal of performance is of a truly Appolonian nature: precision and integrity in execution, economy with the use of effects, accurate intonation and nobility of expression – all features brought to this new recording by Fabio Biondi and his already legendary ensemble, Europa Galante.
The scholar Louis Castelain of the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles provides the booklet notes.
BBC Music Magazine
Moments of pure magic can be savoured above all in slow movements, but also when ingeniously incorporated within the contrasting ideas of faster ones…Biondi conveys this subtle blend of ‘beau chant’ and virtuosity with vitality and sensibility providing his own brief cadenzas where he feels they are called for.
It feels as though Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante have hit the nail on the head with these readings…Brightness and delicacy reign…Biondi himself equally brings a Leclair-worthy combination of tenderness and precision to his solo lines…All in all, Leclair couldn’t have been displayed in a more warmly faithful light.
Using slightly lower pitch increases their eloquence, and Fabio Biondi’s playing with his fine ensemble is beyond reproach. Not earth-shattering music, but very elegant.
Biondi’s playing has a melting purity, and a precision offset ever so subtly by languid elasticity and nuance. His small band of strings and continuo find equal warmth in accompaniment, ever vital but luxurious in tone
this is an enjoyable and charismatic disc, well (if not flawlessly) presented by Glossa. Stimulating listening
Early Music Today
Biondi and friends summon the refined manners, graceful, lighthearted gestures, rococo freshness, even in a sense the lacy embroidery and heady perfume of Louis XV’s decadent 18th-centruy Parisian court … a haunting evocation.