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Le Roi s'amuse - Music for the King's Pleasure


Jean-Marie Leclair, Joseph Bodin De Boismortier, Michel Corrette

SKU: 7595

Year of release: 1995

Ouverture in A Major, Op. 13 No. 3 12:45
1. Grave Jean-Marie Leclair 02:43
2. Allegro Jean-Marie Leclair 03:58
3. Dolce: Largo Jean-Marie Leclair 02:52
4. Allegro assai Jean-Marie Leclair 03:11
Deuxième Recréation de Musique, Op. 8 29:39
5. Ouverture Jean-Marie Leclair 06:14
6. Florlane Jean-Marie Leclair 04:39
7. Sarabande Jean-Marie Leclair 02:47
8. Menuet/Autre Meuet Jean-Marie Leclair 03:30
9. Badinage Jean-Marie Leclair 02:04
10. Chaconne Jean-Marie Leclair 07:36
11. Tambourin/Autre Tambourin Jean-Marie Leclair 02:46
Sonata in g minor, Op. 34 No.1 07:14
12. Adagio Joseph Bodin De Boismortier 02:41
13. Presto Joseph Bodin De Boismortier 01:30
14. Adagio Joseph Bodin De Boismortier 01:42
15. Allegro Joseph Bodin De Boismortier 01:19
Concerto Comique, No. 25 08:28
16. Les Sauvages - Allegro Michel Corrette 03:09
17. Quand On Sçait Aimer Et Plaire - Andante Michel Corrette 02:01
18. La Furstemberg Allegro Michel Corrette 03:17
Total time: 58:08

About this album

By the middle of the eighteenth century in France, François Couperin’s vision of a unification of both the Italian and French styles of musical composition (which he termed les goûts-réunis) had been more or less completely realised. The great majority of the best instrumental chamber music from the period is characterized by an individually delightful and skilful blend of the most effective and telling devices from both French and Italian sources. The music of Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764) exemplifies this union of styles perfectly in works which are always of the highest quality. His Deuxième Recréation de Musique Opus 8 published in Paris around 1737 is a good example of this. Being conceived primarily for flutes, with violins as alternative instruments, the music is almost wholly unvirtuosic in character, and instead relies upon simple and charming French dance-forms for its structure, preceded by an extrovert and vigorous French Ouverture and culminating in a majestic Chaconne. The increasing emotional intensity of this movement is, however, immediately dispersed by the final Tambourins – two delightfully light-hearted movements with strong rustic origins. This performance combines a flute and two violins in contrasted pairings instead of the usual two flutes or two violins…

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Award: Diapason d’or 2001 (...) Florilegium imbue all this music with a vitality which, at least in part, emanates from the players’ .........(...) (...) graceful gesture, transparent textures and an evident affection for the music (...) (...) the disc is a worthy follow-up to the Telemann and, given the music de table, salon status of the programme, should appeal to a wide audience. (...) (...) it certainy should please most readers too. (...)


(...) Voici l’absolue glorification de la musique galante (...)


(...) Florilegium imbue all this music with a vitality which, at least in part, emanates from the players’ effective application of appropriate ornament and their evident savouring of delicately wrought colours and textures. (...) (...) graceful gesture, transparent textures and an evident. (...) (...) it certainly should please most readers too.


(...) Il y a pris place dans le cénacle des meilleurs baroqueux. (...)


(...) muziek voor koningen en keizers. Florilegium heeft deze kostelijke muziek terecht uit de adelijke schatkamer gehaald (...)


(...) alles wat men zich kan wensen heeft het ensemble: mooi samenspel, weelderige klank, subtiele articulatie.......het wachten is nu op meer.

SAJM Zeitschrift

(...) Eine mitreisende Interpretation editorisch exklusiver Kompositionen. Für Liebhaber von Alter (bis Galanter) Musik ein absolutes Muss.


(...) De samenwerking tussen het Britse ensemble Florilegium en de mensen van het bescheiden Nederlandse label Channel Classics, heeft andermaal geleid tot een kwaliteitsprodukt. (...) (...) een belangrijk jong ensemble op het terrein van de muziek uit de zeventiende en de achttiende eeuw (...)

Technical Specifications

Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering Equimentsony DAE 3000
Mastering Engineerbert van der Wolf
Mixing Consolerens Heijnis
Microphonesbruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Recording Formatpcm 44.1
Analog To Digital ConverterdCS900
Recording DateOctober 1994
Recording LocationForde Abbey, Somerset, England
Editingbert van der Wolf
Recording EngineerBert van der Wolf
ProducerTed Diehl