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Belgian Lace and French Fashion

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Belgian Lace and French Fashion - a live concert recording Compositions as delicate as lace were a part of 18th century Antwerp and Paris. The flute, viola da gamba and the mellow low register of the French harpsichord allowed for a lyric, singing quality in music. Fiocco, Belgian-born of Venetian descent, worked at the Cathedral in Antwerp. His Lamentatio secunda (1733) is an exquisite work for soprano voice and solo viola da gamba written for use in the church during the week preceding Easter. In Paris, Montéclair and Boismortier created music for the stage but also wrote much chamber music. In Montéclair's cantata (1728) the viola da gamba is used to depict the ocean waves while the flute depicts the muses. Inspiration and musical line abound in these rarely heard compositions.


Audio Samples
Sonate in G minor - Fiocco (1703-1741)1:07192k MP3
Cantata: Ariane et Bachus - Montéclair (1667-1737)1:56192k MP3
Triosonate in A minor (op. XXXVII/5) - Boismortier (1682-1765)2:29192k MP3
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