The Trio Sonata Through Two Centuries / London Baroque

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Formed in 1978, London Baroque enjoys the position of being one of the most experienced and long-lived baroque chamber groups. Combining 8 albums originally released between 2003 and 2013, the present set of trio sonatas can be seen as the fruit of all those years of research, experiment and discovery. The trio sonata was the primary vehicle for chamber music in the seventeenth and at least half of the eighteenth centuries. Its history mirrors other developments throughout the whole of the baroque era. This set is chiefly concerned with those for two violins and continuo, with occasional digressions into those for violin, bass viol and continuo, and one with viola replacing the second violin. Like the string quartet in later ages, most composers (with some notable and regrettable exceptions) tried their hand in the form. The customary addition of a figured bass part played on a harpsichord or organ around 1600 meant that middle parts of the old contrapuntal style could be excluded and chamber music soon began to favor the trio sonata texture. 150 years later, with the string quartet, the process was reversed as the viola took over the middle ground previously occupied by the keyboard.

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Excerpts from reviews of previously released volumes included in this set:

The Trio Sonata In 18th-century Germany

London Baroque is one of the older ensembles in the world of historical performance practice. It is still going strong, and it is remarkable how it has kept its high standard over so many years. That also applies to the Bis trio sonatas series: eight discs, intelligently put together and forming a lively documentation of an important part of music history. The playing is again of the highest quality.

– MusicWeb International

The Trio Sonata In 18th-century Italy

London Baroque’s program-opening performance of Albinoni’s Balletto in G features a fresh, unsentimental treatment of the composer’s characteristically slow first-movement Preludio Largo, followed by sprite deliveries of the second and third movements and a dashing Vivaldi-esque concluding Gavotta Presto. Their performance of Giuseppe Sammartini’s Sonata V is equally inspired. Locatelli’s Sonata in D major also receives a captivating, distinguished performance featuring plenty of thrilling fiddling, especially in the Allegro molto finale. London Baroque performs Vivaldi’s famous Op. 1 No. 12 trio sonata “La Folia” with the leaner continuo of just a cello and harpsichord backing the two violins originally specified by the composer. How refreshing!

– ClassicsToday

Trio Sonata In 18th Century France

Listening to these virtuoso performers swing through much of Couperin’s glorious music is often dazzling. It’s been more than a decade since London Baroque began its European trio sonata recording odyssey for BIS, with by and large great success. And here is another wonderful installment, warmly recommended.

– ClassicsToday


Product Description:


  • Catalog Number: BIS-9050


  • UPC: 7318590090503


  • Label: BIS


  • Composer: (Earl of Kelly) Erskine, Andrea Falconieri, Antonio Vivaldi, Arcangelo Corelli, Biagio Marini, Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, Charles Avison, Charles Dollé, Dario Castello, Dietrich Becker, Dietrich Buxtehude, Domenico Gallo, Francesco Antonio Bonporti, Francesco Turini, François Couperin, Gaspard Le Roux, Georg Philipp Telemann, George Frideric Handel, Giacinto Pestolozza, Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi, Giovanni Battista Vitali, Giovanni Bononcini, Giovanni Buonamente, Giovanni Legrenzi, Giovanni Paolo Cima, Giuseppe Sammartini, Giuseppe Tartini, Heinrich Ignaz Biber, J. C. F. Bach, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jean-Féry Rebel, Jean-Marie Leclair, Jean-Nicolas Geoffroy, Jean-Pierre Guignon, Johann Friedrich Fasch, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, Johann Gottlieb Graun, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Johann Kaspar Kerll, Johann Rosenmüller, Johann Vierdanck, John Blow, John Coprario, John Ravenscroft, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, Karl Friedrich Abel, Louis Couperin, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Marco Uccellini, Marin Marais, Matthew Locke, Matthias Weckmann, Maurizio Cazzati, Nicolaus à Kempis, Nicolo Porpora, Pier Francesco Cavalli, Pietro Antonio Locatelli, Tarquinio Merula, Thomas Augustine Arne, Tomaso Albinoni, William Boyce


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: London Baroque


  • Performer: Charles Medlam, Ingrid Seifert, Richard Gwilt, Steven Devine, Terence Charlston