Sonates pour basses de Joseph Bodin by Boismortier

With Glossa
Distribution Harmonia Mundi

Release 2004

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Sonates pour basses

Suite pour la viole (op. 31)
Sonate VI à quatre parties (op. 34)
Sonate III pour le basson (op. 26)
Sonate II pour violoncelle (op. 50)
Sonate III à deux parties (op. 14)
Suite de pièces que l'on peut jouer seul (op. 40)

Jérémie Papasergio, bassoon
Laurent Le Chenadec, bassoon
Alain Gervreau, violoncello
François Poly, violoncello
Yuka Saïto, viola da gamba
Sébastien d'Hérin, harpsichord
Benjamin Perrot, theorbo and baroque guitar
Fulvio Garlaschi, theorbo and baroque guitar

Hervé Niquet, harpsichord, organ and direction

Recorded at Chapelle Notre Dame de Bonsecours in Paris in December 2003
Engineered and edited by Manuel Mohino and produced by Dominique Daigremont & Hervé Niquet

"As I do not play the cello well enough to judge these pieces myself, I have asked the abbot who is famous for this instrument to examine them. It is through his approval that I have determined to give them to the public of whom I wish the same advantage."

It is with this cautious cautionary warning that M. Boismortier's twenty-sixth work, containing five sonatas for the cello, viola or bassoon, appears in Paris in 1729. We know that Boismortier was a very good flutist, he was also a correct singer, an experienced harpsichordist, cellist in his spare time but more willingly a viola player. 

Passionate about the work of Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, Hervé Niquet has chosen to bring together on a single record sonatas for bass instruments by this composer from Lorraine. Viola, cello and bassoon follow one another to offer us a concert full of nuances.