^ Back to Top
^ Back to Discography
Classical Music Home

The World's Leading Classical Music Group

Email Password  
Not a subscriber yet?
Keyword Search
in
 

JEAN-MARIE LECLAIR  

(1697 - 1764)

Jean-Marie Leclair did not settle immediately into his true calling. Born in Lyon in 1697 to a family of lace-makers, he had mastered that craft by the age of nineteen; meanwhile he had met his wife-to-be while both were dancers in the Lyon Opera. In 1722 he was engaged as ballet-master and first dancer in Turin, but by the following year he was in Paris, where the publication of his first set of twelve sonatas for violin and continuo, Op. 1, confirmed his success as a composer and violinist. Apart from a few extended sojourns to patrons in Holland and Spain, Leclair spent the rest of his life in Paris.

The music of Jean-Marie Leclair exemplifies the values and aspirations of the Age of Enlightenment: clarity and rationality; balance, harmony and proportion; and avoidance of excess or exaggeration. From a portrait engraved in 1741, when he was in his mid-forties, Leclair looks out at us with a confident, open gaze; a smile plays about his firmly set mouth; his eyes glint with intelligence. Barring the period dress and the wig, he looks like someone you would gladly sit down with today for conversation, a meal, or a game of chess.

Leclair is generally credited as the founder of the French school of violin playing. He expanded the violin’s technique to include left-hand tremolo (which evolved into what we now call vibrato), double trills, and a meticulously notated variety of articulations; he was renowned for the sweetness of his sound, and for the purity and brilliance of his multiple stops.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata No. 9, "Kreutzer" / LECLAIR: Violin Sonata in D Major (Oistrakh) (1953) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80042
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - COUPERIN, F. / DOLLE, C. / LECLAIR, J.-M. / BOISMORTIER, J.B. de (The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century France) (London Baroque) BIS
BIS-CD-1855
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - COUPERIN, F. / LECLAIR, J.-M. / BOISMORTIER, J.B. de / ANGLEBERT, J.H. d' / MOREL, J. (Les gouts-reunis) Ondine
ODE721-2
Chamber Music
Chamber Music (Baroque) - LULLY, J.-B. / COUPERIN, F. / MARAIS, M. / REBEL, J.-F. / RAMEAU, J.-P. / LECLAIR, J.M. (A French Soiree) (Trio Settecento) Cedille
CDR90000-129
Chamber Music
CLASSIC ARCHIVE: Strings - Great Violinists and Cellists of the 20th Century (SD NTSC on Blu-ray) Ideale Audience
3073974
Classical Concert
Grand Tour (Trio Settecento) (4-CD Box Set) Cedille
CDRBOX1002
Chamber Music
HOTTETERRE / LECLAIR: Recorder Suites BIS
BIS-CD-745
Instrumental
LECLAIR, J.-M.: Sonatas for 2 Violins (Complete) - Opp. 3 and 12 (Ewer, LaMotte) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92176
Instrumental
LECLAIR, J.-M.: Violin Sonatas, Op. 1, Nos. 1-4 (Butterfield, McGillivray, Cummings) Naxos
8.570888
Chamber Music
LECLAIR, J.-M.: Violin Sonatas, Op. 1, Nos. 5-8 (Butterfield, McGillivray, Cummings) Naxos
8.570889
Chamber Music
LECLAIR, J.-M.: Violin Sonatas, Op. 1, Nos. 9-12 (Butterfield, McGillivray, Cummings) Naxos
8.570890
Chamber Music
LECLAIR, J.-M.: Violin Sonatas, Op. 2, Nos. 1-5, 8 (Butterfield, Manson, Cummings) Naxos
8.572866
Chamber Music
LECLAIR, J.-M.: Violin Sonatas, Op. 2, Nos. 6, 7, 9-12 (Butterfield, Manson, Cummings) Naxos
8.572867
Chamber Music
LECLAIR: Chamber Music with Flute (Complete) Naxos
8.557440-41
Chamber Music
NISHIZAKI, Takako: Fritz Kreisler Edition, Vol. 6 Naxos
8.557872
Chamber Music
POWELL, Maud: Complete Recordings, Vol. 3 (1904-1917) Naxos Historical
8.110963
Chamber Music
SARASATE, P. de: Violin and Piano Music, Vol. 4 - Transcriptions (Tianwa Yang, Hadulla) Naxos
8.572709
Chamber Music




 
 
  View Albums
 
 


For picture licensing, please contact customer service.





 Tell a Friend |  Bookmark this page Digg It |  Bookmark this page Del.icio.us. |  Add to Facebook Facebook |  FURL FURL |  Add to MySpace MySpace |  Stumbleupon StumbleUpon |  Twitter Twitter

Famous Composers Quick Link:
Bach | Beethoven | Chopin | Dowland | Handel | Haydn | Mozart | Glazunov | Schumann | R Strauss | Vivaldi
5:37:15 PM, 27 August 2014
All Naxos Historical, Naxos Classical Archives, Naxos Jazz, Folk and Rock Legends and Naxos Nostalgia titles are not available in the United States and some titles may not be available in Australia and Singapore because these countries have copyright laws that provide or may provide for terms of protection for sound recordings that differ from the rest of the world.
Copyright © 2014 Naxos Digital Services Ltd. All rights reserved.     Terms of Use     Privacy Policy
-208-
Classical Music Home
NOTICE: This site was unavailable for several hours on Saturday, June 25th 2011 due to some unexpected but essential maintenance work. We apologize for any inconvenience.