E. J. DE LA GUERRE: Sonata No. 1 in D minor (1707); Sonata No. 2 in D major (1707); Sonata No. 5 in A minor (1707)
A. CORELLI: Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 5 (1700); Sonata No. 12 ‘La Folia’, Op. (1700)
Lina Tur, violin
Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord
Lina Tur is one of the most exciting violinists of her generation. Her versatility allows her to perform a repertoire that embraces genres ranging from Baroque to contemporary music. Harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss, meanwhile, specialises in performing Baroque music and has been invited on multiple occasions to conduct Les Arts Florissants. Under the title La petite merveille e il Arcangelo, the two musicians offer us a journey through the music of Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre and Arcangelo Corelli. Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, born in 1665, was a child prodigy of the keyboard, which brought her to the court of King Louis XIV and led to her enjoying the King’s patronage until his death. Her works include numerous compositions, highlights of which are the six Sonatas for Violin and Basso Continuo, published in 1707, and early examples of the new genre of accompanied harpsichord works. The Sonatas Op. 5 by Corelli, one of the most important Baroque composers, had a major influence on musicians of the time. Written for his own personal use, the Sonatas are a clear demonstration of the style and extraordinary technical skills of Corelli as a violinist.