En Garde! French Duels on Eight Strings

October 18, 2023, 10:00 pm

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Two male violinists performe from music on music stands
Violinists Johannes Pramsohler and Roldán Bernabé

Composers and violinists Jean-Marie Leclair, Giovanni Pietro Ghignone, and Louis-Gabriel Guillemain dominated the court of Louis XV in Paris. One was murdered, another committed suicide, and the third was considered a mendacious schemer. On this week’s edition of Baroque&Before, Baroque violinists Johannes Pramsohler and Roldán Bernabé, both of the Paris Ensemble Diderot, look for clues to the inner and outer conflicts in the music of the three aforementioned eighteenth-century virtuosos.

Tonight’s program was recorded live in concert October 13, 2022 in Herne’s Künstlerzeche Unser Fritz 2/3, a former colliery, as part of the Herne, Germany Early Music Festival. Thanks to WFMT’s association with the European Broadcasting Union, we’re able to bring you tonight’s program as a stream for thirty days following the broadcast. A blue “Listen button will appear when the stream is accessible.


Jean-Pierre Guignon (1702-1774)
La Furstemberg

Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)
Sonata No. 5 in g minor

Jean-Pierre Guignon
Les sauvages

Louis-Gabriel Guillemain (1705-1771)
Sonata No. 2 in d minor

Jean-Pierre Guignon
Caprice No. 11 in e minor

Jean-Marie Leclair
Sonata No. 6 in B

Jean-Pierre Guignon
Nouvelles variations des Folies d’Espagne op. 9

Johannes Pramsohler, violin
Roldán Bernabé, violin