Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre: Chamber Music

Musica Fiorita, Daniela Dolci
73:42
Pan Classics PC 10333 (&copy: 2000)

The French composer Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre was recognized early as a child prodigy and was educated and supported throughout her life by a pension from the Sun King. Freed from the need to make a living, she experimented with the musical conventions of her time, producing music which is engaging and daringly original. She composed in a wide variety of musical genres, but her chamber music, represented here by a selection of trio sonatas from collections from 1687, 1695 and 1707, is of a particularly high standard. The ensemble Musica Florita employ baroque violins, flute, oboe, gamba, baroque cello, theorbo, archlute, harpsichord and organ to provide the varied textures necessary to bring her work to life, and their playing is fresh and idiomatic. It is pleasing to hear a substantial collection of music by a composer who is frequently cited but rarely performed, and to find that it is of a consistently high standard of technical excellence and musical inspiration.

D. James Ross