Title - 'Brillance Indéniable'
Artist - Alana Youssefian & Le Bien-Aimé
For those not in the know, award-winning baroque violinist Alana Youssefian and her ensemble Le Bien-Aimé have just released their brand new musical showcasing of the brilliant, but seldom-heard French violinist and composer Louis-Gabriel Guillemain.
On the quite magnificent Brillance Indéniable (out April 3rd, 2020 via AVIE Records), Guillemain, who from an early age possessed an above-average amount of precociousness, also 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 abilities of his contemporaries, his lasting legacy may have been his knack for bridging the baroque and classical styles; seamlessly adapting to shifting tastes in music and art of his time.
Here on Brillance Indéniable, Youssefian, the young, New York-based violinist who is a rather sought-after soloist for baroque, classical, and romantic repertoire, most definitely rises to the challenges of Guillemain's technical demands with ease.
Furthermore, she has been honored with the top prize in The Juilliard Schools Historical Performance Concerto Competition and a coveted fellowship by The English Concert in America.
1-4 'Violin Sonata in B Minor, Op. 1 No. 3' (10:56)
5-6 'Symphony in G Major, Op. 14 No. 6' (12:18)
8-10 'Violin Sonata in C Minor, Op. 1 No. 8' (12:43)
11-13 'Symphony in G Major, Op. 6 No. 1' (10:56)
14-15 'Violin Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 1 No. 6' (9:07)
16-18 'Symphony in E-Flat Major, Op. 14 No. 2' (11:11)
This delightful program brings forth three of Guillemain’s virtuosic Op.1 sonatas with three of his more ostentatious and disarming symphonies, with the works now purposely scored for a trio sonata ensemble.
Opening with the stirring, impassioned, yet diligently, and tightly orchestrated four-parter 'Violin Sonata in B Minor, Op. 1 No. 3,' that is seamlessly followed by the faster, more vibrantly alert three-parter 'Symphony in G Major, Op. 14 No. 6.'
Up next is the structured playfulness of the three-part 'Violin Sonata in C Minor, Op. 1 No. 8' which is backed by my own personal favorite, the three-part ballroom swirl of 'Symphony in G Major, Op. 6.'
This simply magnificently evoking collection of new recordings from Alana Youssefian & Le Bien-Aimé then rounds out with the yearning of the two-part 'Violin Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 1 No. 6' (9:07), before coming to a close on the upbeat flare of the three-parter 'Symphony in E-Flat Major, Op. 14 No. 2.'
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