Free Download: Corelli's Violin Sonata No. 3 played on the viola da gamba

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Free Download: Corelli's Violin Sonata No. 3 played on the viola da gamba

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This week's free download is the fifth movement, Allegro, of Corelli's Violin Sonata No. 3, transcribed for the viola de gamba and performed by Lucile Boulanger, with basse de viol player Claire Gautrot and harpsichordist Pierre Gallon. It was recorded on the Harmonia Mundi label with a selection of other works that were once performed or composed by the great French Baroque viol player Antoine Forqueray.

Forqueray was a prodigy on the viola da gamba from an incredibly young age, and was sponsored by Louis XIV from the age of ten, holding a position in his court for the rest of his life. Corelli's sonata is taken from a collection of 12 violin sonatas published in 1700. 

'Boulanger's aim to "unshackle" her instrument - a goal she certainly achieves in these persuasive transcriptions, and in her delightfully unfettered playing she emerges as something of a Jacqueline du Pré of the viol', writes Kate Bolton-Porciatti. 'This seductive recording by Boulanger and her talented trio of continuo players brings to light the virtuosic, experimental and often melancholy soundworld of Antoine Forqueray.'

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