Boismortier: Music for Flute, Viola da Gamba and B.C. Stefano Bagliano & Umbra Lucis Ensemble

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  • Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689 - 1755): Ballet de village No. 1 in G Major, Op. 52:
  • 1I. Gaiment02:29
  • 2II. Gracieusement01:44
  • 3III. Vivement01:43
  • 4IV. Modérément02:22
  • 5V. Mouvement de chaconne02:22
  • Pièces de clavecin, Op. 59:
  • 6I. La caverneuse02:56
  • 7II. La transalpine01:38
  • Trio Sonata No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 37:
  • 8I. Allegro02:22
  • 9II. Adagio02:11
  • 10III. Allegro01:48
  • Pièces de clavecin, Op. 59:
  • 11III. La valétudinaire03:13
  • Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 91:
  • 12I. Sicilienne03:03
  • 13II .Gaiment02:18
  • 14III. Gracieusement02:08
  • 15IV. Gaiment03:17
  • Suite in D Major, Op. 31:
  • 16I. Prelude01:03
  • 17II. Gavotte01:44
  • 18III. Sarabande02:16
  • 19IV. Courante01:52
  • 20V. Rondeau la maiesteuse04:11
  • 21VI. Rondeau. Le brut03:07
  • Pièces de clavecin, Op. 59:
  • 22IV. La sérénissime03:20
  • 23V. La frénétique01:57
  • Sonata No. 6 in C Minor, Op. 34:
  • 24I. Adagio01:26
  • 25II. Allegro01:43
  • 26III. Largo - Allegro03:55
  • Total Runtime01:02:08

Info for Boismortier: Music for Flute, Viola da Gamba and B.C.

As attractive as it is fluent and copious in quantity, the music of Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1682–1765) gave immense pleasure to his courtly French audiences, so lucratively that he was able, unusually for his time, to pursue a career loosened from the ties of aristocratic patronage. He embodied the 18th-century homme du monde, and his music always reflects the conviviality and refined taste that permeated every aspect of the Parisian society of the time.

This collection of Boismortier’s chamber music opens with the Ballet de village in G Op.52 No.1, published in 1752. A traditional sequence of dance movements is treated in a subtle and charming manner and concluding with a flamboyant chaconne: a stunning example of the composer’s refinement, grace and virtuoso writing for the flute which was his own instrument.

This Italian early-music ensemble then explores a more Italian side to Boismortier’s idiom with sonatas from the Opp. 34, 37 and 91 collections. They alternate with excerpts from the vividly pictorial Pièces de clavecin Op.59, which capture archetypes of contemporary French society with wit and even sympathy in works such as La Valétudinaire. The music fits perfectly under the fingers: for clarity, refinement and expressive power these pieces are comparable in form and inventiveness to the keyboard music of François Couperin. Also wholly French in idiom is the Suite in D Op.31 for viola da gamba and basso continuo: its flowing and sensuous cantabile style may even be heard as a homage to Marin Marais, who had died in 1728.

This album is the latest in a series of critically acclaimed recordings made by the recorder and flute player and director Stefano Bagliano. Previous Brilliant Classics albums have included concertos and sonatas by Quantz (BC95386), praised by MusicWeb International as ‘an excellent recording to become acquainted with Quantz…one might consider getting hold of other recordings of Bagliano after having been left spellbound by his rendering.’

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1682-1765) was a highly successful French composer of instrumental and vocal music. He was the first independent composer without patron, and published his own works, which made him extremely wealthy. He was a refined gentleman, a typical 18th century Man of the World, and he wrote the pleasing, entertaining music that his public were so fond of. This CD contains music for one, two or three recorders, a viola da gamba suite and a trio sonata for recorder, viola da gamba and b.c.

Played with impeccable taste, charm and brilliance by a new Early Music group, the Umbra Lucis Ensemble, basing their performances on thorough research into the performance practice of the time.

Umbra Lucis Ensemble
Stefano Bagliano, conductor

Stefano Bagliano
is one of the recorder players who are today achieving a growing appreciation at an international level. Got the diploma at the Conservatory Pollini of Padua and specialized with Frans Bruggen, Walter Van Hauwe, Kees Boeke and Pedro Memelsdorff in recorder and ancient music and with Fabrizio Dorsi in orchestral conducting, he won the first prize in several national contests. He started an intense concert activity, with the admiration of the famous international flutists Frans Bruggen and Walter Van Hauwe: he performed as a soloist more than 700 concerts for prestigious festivals and organizations in USA, Canada, Japan, China, Israel, Turkey and all Europe, such as Carnegie Hall of New York, Gasteig of Munich, Moscow Conservatoire, Ishibashi Memorial Hall of Tokio, Beijing and Tianjin Conservatories, Società del Quartetto of Milan/Season in S. Maurizio, Amici della Musica of Florence, Concerts of Palazzo Venezia in Rome broadcasted by Radio RAI 3, Ljubljana International Festival, Engadiner Konzertwochen, Sounding Jerusalem Festival, Sonoro Festival of Bucarest, Auditorium Milli Resaurans of Istanbul, Los Angeles Italian Cultural Institute, Feste musicali per S. Rocco of Venice , Boston Recorder Society, Emilia Romagna International Festival, Season Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan etc..., always with a great success.

As a conductor with baroque orchestra Collegium Pro Musica he performed with the famous singers Emma Kirkby, Roberta Invernizzi and Catherine King. As a soloist with orchestra he performed with conductors such as A. Curtis, R. Barshai, A. Nanut, G. Garbarino, F. Colusso, S. Balestracci, V. Bulakhov as well as with formations such as Les Boreades of Montreal, Academia Montis Regalis, Milano Classica Chamber Orchestra, Mainzer Kammerorchester, Istanbul Chamber Orchestra, Solisti della Scala of Milan, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Macedonian Phialarmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Baroque de Nice, Orchestra Toscanini of Parma, Accademia I Filarmonici of Verona, L'Arte dell'Arco. In the field of chamber music with Alaria Ensemble of New York, M. Huggett, B. Van Asperen, O. Dantone, V. Ghielmi, G. Bertagnolli, H. Bouman, C. Chiarappa, F. Guglielmo, L. Duftschmid, E. Bronzi, C. Astronio, A. Coen, G. Tabacco, F. D'Orazio, A. D'Ambricourt, Casal String Quartet, Sonatori della Gioiosa Marca, l'Astrèe.

Bagliano is the founder and the director of the ensemble Collegium Pro Musica and has made several recordings (among them more than 20 as a soloist, with works by Vivaldi, Telemann, Sammartini, Fiorenza, Bach, Marcello, Merula, Stradella, Barbella, Graupner, Fasch etc.) for the labels Brilliant, Stradivarius, Dynamic, Stradivarius, Nuova Era, Tactus, ASV Gaudeamus and Velut Luna, achieving thus enthusiastic appreciations from the european and the american critics (Early Music, Fanfare, Diapason, Amadeus, Musica, American Record Guide, Classic Heute, CD Classica, Répertoire, Scherzo, American Recorder, Fono Forum etc.). Some recordings also came out as a free CD enclosed to some of the most important italian musical magazines, such as CD Classics, Orfeo and two times to the prestigious Amadeus. The CD with the Concerti per flauto op.10 by Vivaldi (2010, Stradivarius) and the one with the complete Vivaldi's Concerti da Camera (Brilliant, 3 CDs, 2012) received several reviews with 5 stars, among them on the magazines "Amadeus" and "Musica". James Altena wrote on the American magazine Fanfare about the CD with the Vivaldi’s Chamber Concertos: “special mention should be made of recorder player Stefano Bagliano……he is as fine a virtuoso on his instrument as I’ve ever heard”.

Stefano Bagliano is the art director of the International Festival of Chamber Music “Le Vie del Barocco” of Genoa and Savona, and consultant member of other concerts series. He was a member of the jury at the Zinetti Chamber Music International Competition of Verona, at the ERTA Italia Recorder Competition of Padova, at the XX AMA Calabria Competition and at the Early Music International Competition of Nervi, Genoa.

Active in the didactic field, he taught in several musical courses and masterclasses, for various institutions, among which Summer Academy of the University of Vienna, F.I.M.A. Early Music Courses of Urbino, Gnessin Institute of Moscow, BRS Boston Recorder Society, Societè Valaisanne de la flute Sion, Conservatory of Oporto (Portugal), Accademia Europea di Musica Antica of Bolzano, Conservatories of Turin, Genoa, Bari, Pescara, Campobasso and Cosenza.

He is professor of recorder and baroque chamber music at the Conservatory “Pedrollo” of Vicenza. He also graduated in Law.

Booklet for Boismortier: Music for Flute, Viola da Gamba and B.C.

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