The chamber music of Clérambault has been a real voyage of discovery for The Bach Players. We mostly know Clérambault as the composer of many wonderful Cantatas. His chamber music is written in a very different style. Here he joins Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre and François Couperin in experimenting with the Italian style that gradually gained popularity in France. None of these works were published during his lifetime. We owe it to the good taste of Sébastien de Brossard, who copied these scores, that this wonderfully expressive music was preserved for us to enjoy today.

Tracklist
Nicolas Clérambault (1676–1749)
Chamber Music from the Brossard Collection
Sonata VIIa in E minor: ‘La Magnifique’
1. [Lentement] 1:20
2. Allegro 1:52
3. Adagio 2:30
4. Sarabande 1:19
5. Gigue 1:21
6. Allegro 1:33
7. Chaconne in D major 5:34
8. Prelude in C minor (transposed to D minor) 2:23
Sonata VIa in D minor: ‘L’Impromptu’
9. [Lentement – Vite] 2:39
10. Aria – [Lentement] – [Vite] 3:02
Sonata prima in G major: ‘Anonima’
11. Adagio 1:56
12. Allegro 3:03
13. [Largo] 2:29
14. [Allegro] 1:27
15. Allegro] – [Gigue] 2:30
16. Prelude in C major (transposed to B flat major) 2:33
Sonata IIIa in B flat major: ‘L’Abondance’
17. Adagio 2:21
18. Allegro 1:46
19. Sarabande 2:09
20. Allegro 1:58
Sonata IIa in G major: ‘La Félicité’
21. Lentement – Allegro – Lent 4:02
22. Allegro 1:18
23. [Gavotte] 0:31
24. [Gigue] – Lent 1:15
25. Chaconne in A major 5:49
Total time: 58:49

 

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