Brillance Indéniable: The Virtuoso Violin in the Court of Louis XV – Sonatas and Symphonies by Louis-Gabriel Guillemain
Title:

Brillance Indéniable: The Virtuoso Violin in the Court of Louis XV – Sonatas and Symphonies by Louis-Gabriel Guillemain

Artists:

Alana Youssefian, baroque violin
Le Bien-Aimé

Release Date:

3rd April 2020

Cat No:

AV2412

Price:

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Summary:

Award-winning baroque violinist Alana Youssefian and her ensemble Le Bien-Aimé debut on AVIE showcasing music of the brilliant but little-known French violinist and composer Louis-Gabriel Guillemain. His precociousness noted at an early age, Guillemain went on to serve in the court of King Louis XV. His symphonies are as uplifting and innovative as his sonatas are astonishingly virtuosic. While his compositions tested the limits of his contemporaries, his lasting legacy may have been his ability to bridge the baroque and classical styles, seamlessly adapting to shifting tastes in music and art of his time.

Alana rises to the challenges of Guillemain’s technical demands with ease. The young, New York-based violinist is a sought-after soloist for baroque, classical, and romantic repertoire; she has been honoured with the top prize in The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance Concerto Competition and a coveted fellowship by The English Concert in America.

Tracklist:

Louis-Gabriel Guillemain (1705–1770)
Premier Livre de Sonates à Violon Seul avec la Basse Continuë,
Op. 1, Nos. 3, 6 & 8
VI Symphonies dans le goût italien en trio, Op. 6, No. 1
Second Livre de symphonies dans le goût italien en trio, Op.14, No.2

Violin Sonata in B minor, Op. 1, No. 3
1. I. Andanté (2.44)
2. II. Allemanda: Allegro ma non presto (3.12)
3. III. Gratioso (1.40)
4. IV. Allegro aßai (3.20)

Symphony in G, Op. 14, No. 6
5. I. Allegro (4.13)
6. II. Andantino (3.30)
7. III. Presto (4.35)

Violin Sonata in C minor, Op. 1, No. 8
8. I. Vivace (4.14)
9. II. Gratioso (4.24)
10. III. Allegro ma non presto (4.05)

Symphony in G, Op. 6, No. 1
11. I. Allegro (3.41)
12. II. Andante (3.55)
13. III. Presto (3.20)

Violin Sonata in E flat, Op. 1, No. 6
14. I. Adagio (4.34)
15. II. Allemanda: Allegro ma poco (4.33)

Symphony in E flat, Op. 14, No. 2
16. I. Allegro (3.46)
17. II. Aria un poco allegro (2.56)
18. III. Presto (4.29)
Total time: 67.11

Recorded 25-27 February 2019, Church of St. Rose of Lima, Haddon Heights, New Jersey, USA
Recording producer and engineer: David Bowles