Barrière, De Bury: Sonates et suites pour le clavecin

Barrière, De Bury: Sonates et suites pour le clavecin
Composer Bernard De Bury, Jean-Baptiste Barrière
Artist Luca Quintavalle harpsichord
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 95428
EAN code 5028421954288
Release March 2017

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    The output of Jean Barrière (1707-1747) largely focuses around his own instrument, the cello, for which he wrote several books of suites and sonatas that have received sporadic attention on record. His work for harpsichord alone is much less well-known, though hardly less stylish. Like his contemporaries Jacques Duphly and Jean-Phillippe Rameau, Barrière entitled one of his pieces La Boucon for Anne-Jeanne Boucon, who later married Jean-Joseph de Mondonville: she must have been a woman of enviable poise and dignified beauty to judge from the music written in her honour.

    The first five of his six sonatas on this album are not French dance suites but transcriptions of Italian-inspired sonatas which he had originally composed for the smallest and highest instrument of the old family of viols, the pardessus de viole. The Italian influence can be traced in the bold and often unprepared dissonances which lend the sonatas both charm and unpredictable drama; the elaborate ornamentation, too, derives at least as much from the florid violin writing of Corelli and Geminiani as from the French harpsichord tradition.

    Bernard de Bury is a figure whose music was lost to history until very recently, when in 2009 the scholar-musician Ruta Bloomfield transcribed these pieces from obscure manuscripts and gave them their first performances in modern times. De Bury (1720-1785) was born into a musical family in Versailles, and there he stayed to serve the court. There are four suites, which in the style of Rameau and Couperin describe with wit and tender affection characters from ancient mythology and the composer’s own time, with melodies almost buried beneath cascades of exquisite decoration. In his dedication, de Bury states that he was fifteen years old when he wrote the suites, though such precocious youth could not be guessed from the music itself, which is far from immature. This coupling is unique on record; only one previous recording of de Bury’s work is presently available.

    This 2CD set present two French masters of the keyboard, sons of the French Enlightenment: Jean-Baptist Barrière (1707-1747) and Bernard de Bury (1720-1785). Both composers lived through an age in which the French culture absorbed many “foreign” elements, notably the Italian style of the Concerto-style (solo versus tutti), vocal Cantabile and instrumental brilliance.
    Luca Quintavalle played with many leading Early Music ensembles such as Concerto Köln and Les Talents Lyriques. He recorded for Sony, DGG, Hyperion and DHM.
    Scholarly written liner notes by the artist are included in the booklet.

    Track list

    Disk 1

    1. Sonata No. 1 in B Minor: I. Adagio
    2. Sonata No. 1 in B Minor: II. Allegro
    3. Sonata No. 1 in B Minor: III. Largo
    4. Sonata No. 1 in B Minor: IV. Allegro
    5. Sonata No. 2 in D Major: I. Grave. Prestissimo. Adagio. Prestissimo. Adagio. Prestissimo
    6. Sonata No. 2 in D Major: II. Allegro
    7. Sonata No. 2 in D Major: III. Sarabanda
    8. Sonata No. 2 in D Major: IV. Aria
    9. Sonata No. 3 in E Minor: I. Adagio
    10. Sonata No. 3 in E Minor: II. Allegro
    11. Sonata No. 3 in E Minor: III. Adagio
    12. Sonata No. 3 in E Minor: IV. Aria
    13. Sonata No. 4 in G Major: I. Adagio
    14. Sonata No. 4 in G Major: II. Allegro
    15. Sonata No. 4 in G Major: III. Adagio
    16. Sonata No. 4 in G Major: IV. Aria
    17. Sonata No. 5 in B-flat Major: I. Adagio
    18. Sonata No. 5 in B-flat Major: II. Allegro
    19. Sonata No. 5 in B-flat Major: III. Largo
    20. Sonata No. 5 in B-flat Major: IV. Allegro
    21. Sonata No. 6 in A Minor: I. Andante
    22. Sonata No. 6 in A Minor: II. Larghetto
    23. Sonata No. 6 in A Minor: III. Aria amoroso
    24. La casamajor
    25. La duchesne
    26. La tribolet

    Disk 2

    1. La boucon
    2. La plancy
    3. La dupont
    4. Premiere suite in A Major: I. La minerve. Sans lenteur
    5. Premiere suite in A Major: II. Sarabande, les regrets
    6. Premiere suite in A Major: III. Les graces badine.: 1er partie. Legerement. 2e partie
    7. Premiere suite in A Major: IV. La tendre agitation. Modérément
    8. Premiere suite in A Major: V. Le plaidoyer de Cithère. Gracieusement sans lenteur. 1er rondeau. 2e rondeau
    9. Seconde suite in C Major: I. La belle brune. Moderement
    10. Seconde suite in C Major: II. Sarabande, la prude. Doucement
    11. Seconde suite in C Major: III. L’enfantine. Gratieusement
    12. Seconde suite in C Major: IV. La cithérée. Gracieusement sans lenteur. 1er Rondeau. 2e rondeau
    13. Troisième suite in G Major: I. Les Amusemens. 1er Rondeau. 2e Rondeau
    14. Troisième suite in G Major: II. Sarabande, la ou les sentimens. Gracieusement
    15. Troisième suite in G Major: III. Z–ephir – 1er Menuet
    16. Troisième suite in G Major: IV. Flore – 2e Menuet
    17. Troisième suite in G Major: V. La pithonisse
    18. Troisième suite in G Major: VI. Loure
    19. Troisième suite in G Major: VII. La séduisante. Gracieusement. 1er Rondeau. 2e Rondeau. Double du 1er Rondeau-Double du 2e Rondeau
    20. Quatrième suite in E Major: I. La brillante
    21. Quatrième suite in E Major: II. La dampiere
    22. Quatrième suite in E Major: III. La michelon. Vivement
    23. Quatrième suite in E Major: IV. La jeunesse, menuet
    24. Quatrième suite in E Major: V. Chaconne