London Baroque have been making recordings of the very highest quality for 35 years now, and this is another beauty. It is a collection of Trio Sonatas by Couperin, Dollé, Leclair, Boismortier and Guignon. It is a very well chosen programme. I confess I had never heard of either Dollé or Guignon but their music fits very well with that of their better known contemporaries and I am very glad to have been introduced to them.
As Charles Medlam explains in his characteristically readable and interesting notes, these Trio Sonatas show how "the abstract movements retain the underlying structure and often fugal vocabulary of the Corellian sonata (albeit with richer French harmony), while the dances and airs still breathe the spirit and elegance of Lully's court entertainments." This blend of French and Italian styles gave rise to some fabulous music and this is a good sample of it.
London Baroque play them all beautifully. They are all outstanding musicians and have a deep-rooted feel for this music. They give it real meaning, with some truly lovely slower movements, and the proper amount of real welly when needed. It's terrific chamber playing and the disc is a delight from beginning to end.
The recorded sound from BIS is excellent and their presentation is lovely. I think this is a terrific disc all round, and recommend it very warmly.