Leclair: First Book Of Sonatas
Fabio Biondi: violin Desiderio Quercetani, Parma 1987; Rinaldo Alessandrini: french harpsichord, 18th century; School Hemsch D. Jacques Way & Marc Ducornet, Paris; Maurizio Naddeo: Italian anonymous cello, milanese school, late 18th century; Pascal Monteilhet: 14 choruses theorbe, Mathias Durvie, after Mateo Sellas, Venice 1638
Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)
What is most remarkable in his work is precisely the perfect equilibrium that is found between different tendencies within each work: audacity and boldness, but profoundly reflected thought, presented without haste and with a sure grasp. A perfect correctness of style, without coldness, on the other hand a certain lyricis, particularly in the slow movements, whose pace is grave and almost majestic. Sometimes there is tenderness but always it is contained: sometimes there is also ardour, ma non troppo. And so there is always a balance which also affects the way in which he combines the Italian tradition of writing and the manipulation of the violin with the French tradition.