Best Baroque Instrumental Nominee
International Classical Music Awards 2014
The all-French programme of music by composers Marin Marais and Antoine Forqueray recalls the Songs of the Auvergne and the beautiful French countryside. Trio Sonnerie delivers an expertly phrased and highly nuanced performance of Marais' La Gamme.
Marais' contemporary Forqueray provides a welcome addition to the programme. His own prowess on the viol inspired his fiendishly virtuosic Suite No. 1 which stretched the performers to achieve new heights. Each performer has the opportunity to shine with the clean, crisp lines leaving no room for anything other than top notch playing.
Trio Sonnerie (Monica Huggett director & violin, Emilia Benjamin viola da gamba and James Johnstone harpsichord) is one of the longest established and most highly regarded chamber groups working in Europe today.
The musicians bring to this repertoire ‘playing of real elegance' (The Independent) and ‘one could even go as far as to say musical bliss!' (The Times).
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'...mesmerizing...'more >>BBC Music Magazine
'Huggett's playing is pliant and effortless, her distinctive sound very much the ensemble's hallmark.'more >>Fanfare
'The Trio is impeccably stylish...a highly successful album, both for those who appreciate French baroque viol music, and as a gift for someone completely unfamiliar with it.'more >>Audiophilia
'It is a work darker in character, as was its creator by all accounts, stately and imposing but played here with vibrancy.'more >>The Irish Times
'This is a delight from start to finish.'more >>98.7 WFMT
'Highly nuanced performances.'more >>Gramophone
'a welcome return.'more >>Pizzicato
Review in French:more >>MusicWeb International
'The quality of the music, performance and recording all practically guarantee frequent returns.'more >>BBC 3 Radio - CD Review
'A real treat'International Record Review
'It is both a privilege and utter pleasure to share in not only truly lovely music-making but also such intriguing and eminently worthwhile music.'more >>allmusic.com
'Trio Sonnerie catches the quirky quality of these to a T.'more >>Musical Pointers
'riveting, original music presented with scholarship and given enduring vitality by Sonnerie.'more >>