Passacaglia: Boismortier Suites & Sonatas


Witty, elegant and sophisticated music from this hugely under-rated composer, beautifully exploiting the varied colours of flute, recorder, gamba, harpsichord, chamber-organ, guitar and theorbo.

Works include:

  • Gentilesse in G major
  • Sonata for flute and harpsichord in D major
  • Cinquieme Suite op35 (recorder & continuo)
  • Trio Sonata in E minor
  • Harpsichord Suite in A major
  • Sonata in E minor (recorder duo)
  • Diverses Pieces de Violes in C (gamba & continuo)
  • Trio Sonata in G major

Boismortier Suites and Sonatas was originally released on the Linn label, but like our Telemann Chamber Music disc was remastered for the BCR release.

’I fell in love with this disc at first hearing, seduced by Passacaglia’s senusous mix of recorders, gamba, chamber organ and harpsichord. There are so many good things to savour.’
Andrew Stewart, Classic FM Magazine – 5/5 stars

‘While the music of Frenchman Joseph Bodin de Boismortier… is littered with moments of charm and quaint magnetism, it is the exquisite playing of the early music group Passacaglia that makes this new release from Linn Records well worth the purchase.’
Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman – 4/4 stars

‘The catalogue is not exactly overflowing with Boismortier recordings of this calibre, which is one more reason to welcome this splendid disc’
Brian Clark, Early Music Review

‘The members of Passacaglia, in various combinations, play all with a sharp ear for balanced ensemble and for the wealth of little nuances contained within this ingenuous repertoire.’
Nicholas Anderson, BBC Music Magazine

‘Major credits lie with youthful ensemble Passacaglia and, above all, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. Admirably compiled and affectionately played.’
Andrew Stewart, Music Week

Additional information

Weight 0.1 kg
Dimensions 15 × 13 × 0.8 cm

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Guitar, Organ, Recorder, Flute, Harpsichord, Theorbo/Lute, Viola da gamba


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