Performers: Andrew Manze (violin), Richard Egarr (harpsichord), Jaap ter Linden (viol)
Playing time: 78'
Recording date: January 1998 (Holland)
Jean-Féry Rebel (1666-1747) was known as a child prodigy violinist and is one of the first composers to bring the Italian-style violin sonata to France. His ballets were also very well-known in his lifetime, and his personal associates included Lully and Delalande. However, his chamber music is seen today as his most valuable contribution, and so naturally precedes Leclair in any survey of French Baroque violin music.
The present program is drawn from Rebel's published Sonates à violon seul of 1713, in which structural principles are borrowed from Corelli's Op. V, but set entirely within a French context.
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