langlois de swarte
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“These are performances so special that I feel a changed man from listening to them. Buy it, tell all your friends: if you’re lucky, this recording will clamp on to you like a barnacle to a boat. It will infuse your life with joy. It might even make you believe again.”
“France’s rising generation has some promising names. Topping that list for me is Le Consort founding violinist Theotime Langlois de Swarte….a stunner by any standard.”
"An idiomatic performance, with a warmly singing violin line...mesmerizing."
“Period violin playing of outstanding Calibre, characterized throughout by pinpoint accuracy, total purity, clean articulation, sensitive phrasing and a flowing sense of line.”
BBC Music Magazine
“Langlois de Swarte’s ornamentation—swerving, bluesy, capricious—does what so little recorded ornamentation manages to do: it sounds utterly improvised and untethered to ink.”
“This recording of sonatas by Senaillé and the slightly younger Jean-Marie Leclair boasts the most celebrated partner: the Baroque eminence William Christie, who founded the ensemble Les Arts Florissants and joins on harpsichord with graceful restraint. That restraint makes this truly a showcase for Langlois de Swarte, whose sweet, rich sound in these sonatas can be assertive, almost rustic, in fast movements and silky in slow ones, with a tasteful hint of wiry ping. Whatever the tempo, a quintessentially French danciness is paramount, an elegant playfulness that breathes even through Italianate harmonic wanderings: The back end of the Gavotte in Senaillé’s Sonata in D here gets fascinatingly dusky. From the opening Adagio, passionate yet poised, to the ideally spirited Allegro finale, that sonata is a particular highlight of an intimate, stylish album.”
New York Times
“All the while, Langlois de Swarte is an acrobat of double-stops, joyful arpeggio flicks, G-string kicks and a written-out cadenza of astonishing virtuoso ability. For one acquainted with this particular passage, the apparent ease with which Langlois de Swarte trills with his fourth finger simply defies belief.”
“Overflowing with childlike zest for life and imagination, as if the notes are not written down on paper but are whispered to them on the spot.”
Handelsblad, Joost Galema
“a breathtaking, astonishing disc, and I cannot recommend it too highly.”
“I’m running out of ways to recount his brilliance….Most of all, I’m in awe of his seemingly effortless blend of control and abandon.”