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John Holloway
Jaap ter Linden
Lars Ulrik Mortensen
Leclair Sonatas

John Holloway violin
Jaap ter Linden violoncello
Lars Ulrik Mortensen harpsichord
 
Troisième Livre de Sonates op. 5 (1734)

Sonata VIII in D major
Allegro ma non tropo [sic]
Aria. Gratioso
Andante
Allegro

Sonata VII in a Minor
Largo
Allegro
Adagio
Tempo Gavotta. Allegro

Sonata I in A Major
Adagio
Allegro
Aria. Gratioso
Allegro

Sonata III e Minor
Largo. Un poco dolce sempre
Vivace
Aria gratioso. Andante
Allegro - Presto

Sonata IV in B-flat Major
Adagio
Allegro ma non tropo [sic]
Sarabanda. Largo
Chaconna


Recorded November 2006
ECM New Series 2009
 
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Following his acclaimed recordings of sonatas by Biber, Schmelzer and Veracini and his no less lauded rendering of the complete unaccompanied works by Bach, British violinst John Holloway once again joins forces with his excellent partners Jaap ter Linden and Lars Ulrik Mortensen for an album of strikingly beautiful, yet little known chamber music from the baroque era. Jean-Marie Leclair (1697–1764) who trained as a dancer, lacemaker, violinist and composer and was murdered in Paris under obscure circumstances, laid the foundations for the French violin school. As a composer he is a master of mixed styles, providing a rare synthesis of Italian and French traits, of melodic beauty and dancelike vivacity. John Holloway has chosen sonatas from his “classical” period in which Leclair had gained a perfect balance of proportion, expressiveness and virtuosic display.