Elisabeth Jacquet De La Guerre: Sonates Pour Violo
Les Dominos: Florence Malgoire, violin (conductor); Guido Balestracci, bass viol; Jonathan Rubin, theorbo & guitar; Blandine Rannou, harpsichord
Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre
It was Jean-Jacques Rousseau in his Dictionnaire de Musique who quoted the philosopher Fontenelle's famous outburst 'Sonata, what do you want from me?'. The Italian sonata was the fashion in France at that time and composers had abandoned the character pieces and the works in dance forms that had typified French music until then. Couperin, a proud champion of French music who was nonetheless attracted by the charms of Italian music, had tried to reconcile the musical tastes of the two nations by giving illustrative titles to the various movements of his sonatas. This new series of recordings from Ricercar will explore the history of the sonata in France at the beginning of the 18th century.