Our Collectors’ Choice for October is a set of violin sonatas by the Baroque composer Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, one of the first great female composers known to history.
These sonatas for violin and basso continuo were written in Paris in 1707 and are not merely beautiful works in their own right but they are notable for their novel nature and the original, sometimes daring, harmonic sonorities which they contain.
This CD on Pan Classics stars the Spanish violinist, Lina Tur Bonet and appears to be a reissue of a 2011 release on Verso. Bonet shows a clear empathy with the music of de la Guerre and successfully blends Italian and French styles to deliver thoroughly enjoyable accounts of these six sonatas.
If you are unfamiliar with this composer then give yourself a treat and listen to these late works by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre.