Bach & Abel: Solo Lucile Boulanger

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Album-Release:
2021

HRA-Release:
21.01.2022

Label: Alpha Classics

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

Artist: Lucile Boulanger

Composer: Carl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

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  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750): Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 846:
  • 1Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 846: Prelude (Transcription for Bass Viol by Lucile Boulanger)01:45
  • Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012:
  • 2Bach: Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: Allemande (Transcription for Bass Viol by Lucile Boulanger)08:38
  • 3Bach: Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: Courante (Transcription for Bass Viol by Lucile Boulanger)04:00
  • 4Bach: Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: Sarabande (Transcription for Bass Viol by Lucile Boulanger)05:23
  • 5Bach: Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: Gavottes (Transcription for Bass Viol by Lucile Boulanger)04:05
  • Gigue (After Abel's Allegro in A Major, WK 212) (Transcription for Bass Viol by Lucile Boulanger):
  • 6Bach: Gigue (After Abel's Allegro in A Major, WK 212) (Transcription for Bass Viol by Lucile Boulanger)02:09
  • Carl Friedrich Abel (1723 - 1787): Adagio in D Minor, WK 209:
  • 7Abel: Adagio in D Minor, WK 20904:19
  • 8Abel: [Andante] in D Minor, WK 20602:06
  • 9Abel: Allegro in D Minor, WK 20705:26
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude in C Minor for Lute, BWV 999 (Transcription for Bass Viol by Lucile Boulanger):
  • 10Bach: Prelude in C Minor for Lute, BWV 999 (Transcription for Bass Viol by Lucile Boulanger)01:49
  • Bourée Angloise for the Flute, BWV 1013 (Transcription for Bass Viol by Lucile Boulanger):
  • 11Bach: Bourée Angloise for the Flute, BWV 1013 (Transcription for Bass Viol by Lucile Boulanger)03:13
  • Carl Friedrich Abel:
  • 12Abel: [Arpeggio] in D Minor, WK 20502:34
  • [Arpeggio] in D Minor, WK 205
  • 13Abel: [Moderato] in D Minor, WK 20805:47
  • Allegro in D Major, WK 186:
  • 14Abel: Allegro in D Major, WK 18603:28
  • Fugue in D Major, WK 196:
  • 15Abel: Fugue in D Major, WK 19602:32
  • [Adagio] in D Major, WK 187:
  • 16Abel: [Adagio] in D Major, WK 18703:58
  • Minuet in D Major, WK 200:
  • 17Abel: Minuet in D Major, WK 20003:02
  • Vivace in D Major, WK 190:
  • 18Abel: Vivace in D Major, WK 19003:59
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Grave for the Keyboard or Violin, BWV 964/1003 (Transcription for Bass Viol by Lucile Boulanger):
  • 19Bach: Grave for the Keyboard or Violin, BWV 964/1003 (Transcription for Bass Viol by Lucile Boulanger)05:22
  • Fuga for the Lute or Violin, BWV 1000/1001 (Transcription for Bass Viol by Lucile Boulanger):
  • 20Bach: Fuga for the Lute or Violin, BWV 1000/1001 (Transcription for Bass Viol by Lucile Boulanger)06:41
  • Siciliana for the Violin, BWV 1001 (Transcription for Bass Viol by Lucile Boulanger):
  • 21Bach: Siciliana for the Violin, BWV 1001 (Transcription for Bass Viol by Lucile Boulanger)03:27
  • Allegro for the Violin, BWV 1003 (Transcription for Bass Viol by Lucile Boulanger):
  • 22Bach: Allegro for the Violin, BWV 1003 (Transcription for Bass Viol by Lucile Boulanger)06:52
  • Total Runtime01:30:35

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This is Lucile Boulanger’s first solo recital. The French gambist, universally praised for her natural and moving playing – BBC Music Magazine even described her as ‘the Jacqueline du Pré of the viola da gamba’ – juxtaposes Bach with Carl Friedrich Abel, a great master of the bass viol and a close friend of the Bach family. Although Johann Sebastian never wrote for solo viola da gamba, we know that he transcribed many of his works for other instruments. So Lucile Boulanger has chosen, for example, to transcribe three dances from the Sixth Suite, ‘because it sounds particularly good on the viol, being written for five-stringed cello (a step towards the six or seven strings of the viol?). It is in D, the viol key par excellence, and its style, already somewhat galant , is reminiscent of Abel. . . . This album gives me the opportunity to showcase the viol as both a melodic instrument – with the grain of the bow, the fragility of tone – and a polyphonic one.’

Lucile Boulanger, viola da gamba



Lucile Boulanger
began learning the viola da gamba with Christine Plubeau at the age of 5 years, with whom she continued to study until her admission to the Conservatory of Paris in the class of Ariane Maurette. She received her diploma in 2004 and joined the class of Jerome Hantai at the CNR in Cergy where she received first prizes with highest honours both as a soloist and in chamber music. She then joined the class of Christophe Coin at the CNSMD Paris where she obtained her Diploma in 2009. She has participated in master classes with Wieland Kuijken, Anne-Marie Lasla and Philippe Pierlot.

As a chamber musician she works with many ensembles of her generation, but she is also invited by established ensemble such as the Folies Françoises (Patrick Cohën-Akenine), Le Poème Harmonique (Vincent Dumestre), The Cyclops (Thierry Maeder / BibianeLapointe), Chapel Rhine (Benoît Haller), Ensemble Pierre Robert (Frederick Desenclos), Capriccio Stravagante (Skip Sempe), Il Gardellino (Jan De Winne / Marcel Ponseele) and Collegium marianum (Jana Semeradova). She performs regularly as a recitalist, where she enjoys particularly interpreting the sonatas of JS Bach.

In June 2009 she won the first prize in the International viola da gamba competition Bach-Abel (chaired by Wieland Kuijken), also receiving prizes for the best interpretations of Bach and Abel. In the same year she won the European contest organized by the Società Umanitaria in Milan which each year rewards three young musicians from all disciplines.

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