Les Frères Duport – The Paris Sonatas

Guillermo Turina, Manuel Minguillon

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Jean-Pierre and Jean-Louis Duport were two of the most important musicians of their time. Their influence has been decisive for the place the cello occupies nowadays. Born in Paris in 1741 and 1749 respectively, they took their first musical steps in the same city. Jean-Pierre began his studies with the renowned cellist Martin Berteau, and made his public début with one of his sonatas in 1761 in one of the Concert Spirituel organized in the Tuileries Palace, with immediate success. He quickly became one of the regular musicians in those soirées, praised by the critics. As the Mercure the France said, “the instrument is no longer recognizable in his hands. It talks, expresses, makes everything go beyond this charm which only the violin was thought to have”. Following in his brothers footsteps Jean-Louis’ début in front of a Parisian audience was on the same stage in 1768, after being taught by his older brother. Naturally, he gained public recognition in these concerts, in which he played until the early 1770s. Like all the great musicians of their time, the Duport brothers wanted to try their fortune in front of a London audience. Although they did not travel together, they both achieved great success in the English scene. However, they still had to make the journey that would change their lives and the history of the cello forever. Jean-Pierre travelled to Germany in 1773 with the intention of giving some concerts; shortly after, he was already working in the court of Frederick “the Great” of Prussia. His abilities did not go unnoticed, so he was named superintendent of music in 1786, with the accession of Frederick William II to the throne. This could have been the reason, alongside the outbreak of the French Revolution, why Jean-Louis joined his brother in 1789 and was appointed first cellist of the court.

The flourishing and musical quality of that court, together with the monarch’s interests, made the best musicians visit it and compose for the Duport brothers. Such is the case with Haydn and Mozart, and their Prussian Quartets, and of Beethoven, who wrote his sonatas Op.5 to play with them. These were the first sonatas for cello and piano in the history of music. Moreover, during those years, Jean-Pierre wrote his last book of sonatas and Jean-Louis, his famous method Essai sur le Doigté du Violoncelle et sur la Conduite de l’Archet.

Tracklist

1.
Sonata I. Op.1 - Allegro
02:33
2.
Sonata I. Op.1 - Adagio
05:20
3.
Sonata I. Op.1 - Minuetto avec variations
03:26
4.
Sonata IV. Op.2 - Allegro
03:52
5.
Sonata IV. Op.2 - Adagio
06:13
6.
Sonata IV. Op.2 - Allegro molto
02:38
7.
Sonata V. Op.2 - Allegro
03:57
8.
Sonata V. Op.2 - Adagio
06:38
9.
Sonata V. Op.2 - Presto
03:16
10.
Sonata I. Op.2 - Allegro
03:25
11.
Sonata I. Op.2 - Rondeau
03:04
12.
Sonata II. Op.2 - Allegro moderato
05:52
13.
Sonata II. Op.2 - Variations
03:56
14.
Sonata III. Op.2 - Allegro
04:21
15.
Sonata III. Op.2 - Siciliano
03:42
16.
Sonata III. Op.2 - Tempo di Minuetto
03:19

Total time: 01:05:32

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Mastering Engineer

Tom Peeters

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Original Recording Format

Cables

Acoustic Revive

Digital Converters

HAPI, Merging Technologies

Composers

Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer 4003 modified by Rens Heijnis

Producer

Tom Peeters

Recording Engineer

Tom Peeters

Recording location

Koepelkerk, Renswoude, The Netherlands

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 256

Speakers

KEF 105/3

Recording date:

October 24,25,26 2019

SKU

COBRA0073

Release Date February 2, 2020
SKU COBRA0073

Press reviews

Luister, mei 2020

Het boeiende van deze composities is vooral de veelzijdige en al volwassen behandeling van het cellospel. In warme klanken geven de Spaanse musici Turina (cello) en Minguillón (luit en gitaar) deze sonates met hun toegewijde en technisch tot in de puntjes verzorgde spel een gouden randje.======================================== The fascinating thing about these compositions is the versatile and already mature treatment of the cello playing. In warm sounds, the Spanish musicians Turina (cello) and Minguillón (lute and guitar) give these sonatas a golden edge with their dedicated and technically perfect play.

ResMusica april 2020

“Guillermo Turina combining all the required qualities, his service is appreciable even fascinating from start to finish. We are charmed by the clarity of the melodic line, by phrasing which makes us think of human song in the best sense of the term, by bright and colorful highs (never sweet), revealing a refined expressive power. Added to this is the agility of the fingering, even in passages subjected to a relatively quick tempo, as in Presto, the finale of Sonata V op. 2 by Jean-Pierre Duport. Turina signs an exemplary execution of these pages with precision in attacking the strings, far from any pretentious demonstration, with a suitably measured expression, with the lightness of the bow, and finally thanks to the tuning fork tuned to 415 Hz, typical of the German baroque , allowing you to savor a different timbre from the one we hear today.
As for the accompaniment, Manuel Minguillón proves to be a chamber musician attentive to the breathing of the soloist, who by the flexibility of the articulation and the delicacy of the touch, succeeds in establishing an exquisite dialogue with the cellist, making us perceive the beauty of counterpoints and the harmonic elegance that these works contain.
Here is a jubilant disc which allows to better understand the transition between baroque and classicism. Note also that the sound recording is remarkable, supported by a balance which, thanks to the microphones arranged neither too close nor too far, gives the impression of attending a concert.”

Pizzicato

Of the two cellists Jean-Pierre (1741-1818) and Jean-Louis Duport (1749-1819), cellist Guillermo Turina and lute player / guitarist Manuel Minguillon play six cello sonatas. The cello accompanied by plucked instruments was not uncommon at the time. The two musicians play these works in the fast movements in an extremely vital and dance-like manner, while the slow movements are carefully explored. The cellist’s virtuosity and richness of colors is very impressive.

Opus Klassiek, march 2020

Grote waardering voor deze Spaanse musici die niet alleen deze sonates aan de vergetelheid hebben ontrukt, maar in hun spel ook blijk geven van groot expressief engagement in een technisch perfecte omlijsting.
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Great appreciation for these Spanish musicians who not only removed these sonatas from oblivion, but also demonstrate in their playing great expressive commitment in a technically perfect frame – Aart van der Wal

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