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Home » French Composers » Boismortier

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier

Recordings

Boismortier. La Veloutée: Sonatas for flute and harpsichord. Accent 24168 (2 CDs, September 2005). Les Buffardins. Frank Theuns, flute; Martin Bauer, viol; Ewald Demeyere, harpsichord. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Boismortier. Les Voyages de l'Amour. Suite de ballet, sonates, concerti. Pavane ADW 7497 (1 CD, June 2005). Michel Keustermans, La Cetra d'Orfeo. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Boismortier. Sonates pour Basses. Glossa GCD 921609 (1 CD 2005). CD booklet (pdf). Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Boismortier. Six Concertos for Five Flutes. Accent 24161 (1 CD 2004). Barthold Kuijken, Marc Hantaï, Frank Theuns, Serge Saitta, Danielle Etienne, flutes. (Presumably the same recording released in 1997 on Traversières 210/258.) US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Boismortier. Daphnis et Chloé (Pastorale). Glossa GCD 921605 (2 CDs 2002). CD booklet (pdf). Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel. Gaëlle Méchaly (Chloé & L'Amour), Marie-Louise Duthoit (La Nymphe & La Matelote), François-Nicolas Geslot (Daphnis & Le Zéphyr), Till Fechner (Saphir), Alain Buet (Dryas), Renaud Delaigue (Agenor), Arno Guillou (Pan & Faune). This is one of the most overtly Italian stage works of its time, yet it's a distinctly French form with minimal plot and lots of dances. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Reissued in 2009. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Boismortier. Suites, Sonatas & Concerto for Viola da Gamba. Ogam 488002-2 (1 CD 2002). Jay Bernfeld, Fuoco e Cenere. UK | DE | FR | JP
Boismortier. Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse. Naxos 8.553647 (1 CD 1996). Details. Hervé Niquet. Le Concert Spirituel. Stephan Van Dyck, Richard Biren, Meredith Hall, Paul Gay. Might easily be mistaken for a work of Rameau. A chorus in Act I sounds like Les Sauvages, and according to the liner notes, Rameau borrowed from two arias in Les Boréades. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Boismortier. Six Concertos for Five Flutes. Naxos 8.553639. Le Concert Spirituel. (1 CD 1997). Details. Jan de Winne, Jacques Antoine Bresch, Jocelyn Daubigney, Anne Savignat, & Vincent Touzet. Without continuo. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Boismortier. Motets avec symphonies. Adda 581255 (1 CD 1991). Hervé Niquet. Le Concert Spirituel. Véronique Gens, soprano; Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, haute-contre; Peter Harvey, baritone; Loureiro de Sà, baritone; Kevin Mallon, first violin. Contains most of the surviving sacred music by Boismortier: one grand motet with trumpets and drums and 8 petits motets for soprano. Like J-M Leclair, some Boismortier movements are more purely Italian than anything I've heard by Rameau, Mouret, Mondonville or Royer. In particular, a da capo aria for soprano in the grand motet on this disk is not recognizably French. But for the French pronunciation of Latin, it could easily by mistaken for an aria by a leading Italian composer around the turn of the 18th Century. Unfortunately, the most popular sacred work by Boismortier in his own lifetime, a grand motet that was performed by the Concert Spirituel for 25 years, has not survived intact. The superb performance of the petits motets by Véronique Gens is one of the highlights of recorded French sacred music. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Reissued on Accord 240 172 (1996). UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Reissued on Accord 476 2509 (2004). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Boismortier. Sérénades chez Marie Leczinska. Naxos 8.554456-57 (2 CDs 1999). Reissued on individual CDs. Disk 1 (8.554456): Sérénades Françaises. Details. Hervé Niquet. Le Concert Spirituel. Chaconne from Daphnis & Chloé; fragments mélodiques: suite with hurdy-gurdy; bassoon concerto; Deuxième sérénade ou simphonie Françoise; concerto for zampogna (musette); Entrée des génies élémentaires from Les Voyages de l'Amour. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Boismortier. Sérénades chez Marie Leczinska. Disk 2 (8.554457): Suites for harpsichord and flute. Details. Béatrice Martin, original Hemsch harpsichord; Anne Savignat, flute; Christine Plubeau, viol. Pièces de clavecin, complete ?; three suites of pieces for flute and continuo. US | UK | FR | DE | CA
Boismortier. Ballets de Village. Naxos 8.554295 (1 CD 2000). Details. Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel. US | UK | FR | DE | CA

BOOKS

Stéphan Perreau. Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, 1689-1755: Un musicien lorrain-catalan à la cour des Lumières. (In French.) Les Presses du Languedoc. (2001). FR | CA

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