Braun: Sonatas for Flute & Bass Continuo

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Braun: Sonatas for Flute & Bass Continuo
Jed Wentz (flute) / Musica ad Rhenum

[ Brilliant Classics / 4 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Tuesday 10 March 2020

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Very little is known about Jean-Daniel Braun (ca 1703-before 1740). He seems to have been a flutist of some renown, and he worked for the Duke d'Épernon. He published several books of Sonatas for the traverse flute and basso continuo, which are recorded completely here.

Although Braun is largely forgotten his works may stand comparison with those of his more illustrious contemporaries, notably with the famous Blavet. Braun's sonatas equal Blavet in melodic invention and technical mastery, its virtuosity seriously challenging the technical skills of the player in their endless runs (breath!) and sometimes extremely wide leaps. The flute is here a mature solo instrument, capable of both "tendresse" and furious virtuosity.

Jed Wentz, a superb musician as well as an excellent scholar, did extensive research into the performance practice of the French Baroque music, his specialty. His many recordings of this era with music by Blavet, Boismortier and Couperin have received rave reviews in the international press. On this new recording his musical partners are Michael Borgstede (harpsichord, fortepiano) and Job ter Haar (cello).