PIERRE DANICAN PHILIDOR (1681-1731): 12 Suites for 2 Unaccompanied Flutes and for 2 Flutes and Continuo, Opp. 1, 2 & 3.
Catalogue Number: 07X021
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Little of Pierre’s music survives beyond these 12 suites, which were published in Paris in 1717 and 1718. Philidor’s sophisticated harmonies compare favorably with the plainer, less adventurous rhetoric of the better-known Hotteterre and de la Barre. If the artistic quarrels which took place at Louis’ court fiercely debated the value of Italian style as a cultural import, Philidor’s suites seem calculated to argue the case for the defense of native taste and values. The gentle spirit, highly wrought textures and manneristic elegance embody received ideas of French music. 2 CDs. Musica ad Rhenum.