Boismortier: Six Sonates, Op. 51

Elysium Ensemble (Greg Dikmans flute, Lucinda Moon violin)
resonus RES10171

This is the second in a series exploring ‘neglected or newly discovered chamber music 1600-1800’. The first was of Quantz’s Op. 2. There’s certainly plenty to explore with the prolific and very capable Boismortier: has anyone heard or played all eight of his collections of flute duets? Here, however, we have Op. 51 for flute and violin and very charming they are, a most agreeable and varied listen. Much of the time the violin part is a high bass line to more ornate flute writing but there also more democratic contrapuntal movements as well as quasi-three-part writing via double-stopping. The playing is very accomplished (though there is an odd-sounding moment in the middle of track 10) with clear articulation, neat ornaments and sense of space to the phrasing. The booklet is as comprehensive as one could wish (though in English only) but there is one incorrect cross reference to the track list.

David Hansell