11 April 2012

Joan & Josep Pla - Sonates per a Trio

Easy CD-DA | FLAC tracks | Covers | 376 Mb
Date CD: 1999 | la mà de guido | 72:25
Joan Baptista (c. 1720 - 1773) was born in Catalonia, Spain, into a Catalan family of musicians. In the years after 1751, he worked in many of the principal cities of Europe including Padua, Stuttgart, Brussels, Paris and London along with his brother, Josep Pla (1728-1762), a chamber musician. After Josep's death, Joan Baptista went to Lisbon as an oboist and bassoonist. He is thought to have died in Paris.
The Pla brothers left hundreds of manuscripts including about 30 trio sonatas and some concertos for flute and strings.
There seems to be no indication of which brother wrote which sonata or whether all of them were equally joint efforts. The sleeve note tells us that early copies were unscrupulously changed and varied and so we do not know who wrote what and whether what we have is original.
It has to be said that the performers are magnificent. There are various flutes and a oboe used with the continuo of a viola da gamba and a keyboard.
Triosonata in Sol n°29
Triosonata in re n°2a
Triosonata in Fa n°4
Triosonata in Sol n°15
Triosonata in la n°16
Triosonata in Do n°13
Triosonata in Sol n°12
Barcelona Consort
Jordi Argelaga (oboe, recorder)
Jordi Colomer (recorder)
Jordi Comellas (gamba)
Madrona Elias (harpsichord)

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