Boimortier - Six Sonatas For Flute And Harpsichord [Op.91] by Claire Guimond and Luc Beausejour

BOISMORTIER – Six Sonatas for Flute & Harpsichord Op.91


Claire Guimond, baroque flute
and Luc Beauséjour, harpsichord
1995, FL2 3008

These sonatas are some of the earliest written to show a balance and inseperable partnership between the flute and harpsichord. They reach forward a generation to the style of Bach’s sons rather than that of Boismortier’s contemporaries.
The technical requirements are demanding for both parts, but Guimond & Beauséjour are well up to the challenge and deliver an exemplary and enjoyable performance.

….there is the enchanting flute of Claire Guimond. Her sound is full and of an infinite flexibility, tender and carressessing,  agile and elusive as a cat. – Eric Sebbag, Repertoire, France

repertoire10  10 out of 10 from Repertoire Magazine.

Product Description

Claire Guimond, baroque flute
Luc Beausejour, harpsichord

Joseph Bodin de BOISMORTIER (1689 – 1755)

See program notes here.

First sonata, in D major 11 :52
1. Sicilienne
2. Gayement
3. Gracieusement
4. Gayement

Second sonata, in G minor 11 :23
5. Gayement
6. Gracieusement
7. Gayement

Third sonata, in G major 8 :59
8. Rondement-Gayement
9.  Air, gracieusement
10. Gayement

Fourth sonata, in E minor 10 :37
11. Gayement
12. Gracieusement
13. Gayement

Fifth sonata, in A major 10 :31
14. Légèrement
15. Gracieusement
16. Gayement

Sixth sonata, in C minor 10 :12
17. Gayement
18. Gracieusement
19. Menuets I and II

CLAIRE GUIMOND, baroque flute

Claire Guimond is a leading baroque flautist, recognised first in Canada and now well established on the world scene. She is a founding member and artistic director of the Arion Baroque Orchestra, with which she has frequently toured in North and South America and Europe. She performs regularly with Tafelmusik, features in radio and TV broadcasts and plays at many festivals in Europe and North America, performing under such distinguished conductors as Ton Koopman, Andrew Parrott, Barthold Kuijken, Jordi Savall, Nicholas McGegan, Philippe Herreweghe and Bruno Weil.

Ms. Guimond has an extensive discography of over 30 recordings distributed internationally. As well as Arion, these feature harpsichordists Gary Cooper and Luc Beausejour, cellist Jaap ter Linden and violinist Monica Huggett.

Claire Guimond is a member of, a site committed to the promotion of some of the world’s finest early music artists.

LUC BEAUSÉJOUR, harpsichord

Harpsichordist and organist Luc Beauséjour is renowned for the elegance, virtuosity, and expressiveness of his playing, which has won him an enthusiastic audience and the continuing praise of critics and music specialists. In the last few years, he has won numerous awards, including “2003 Performer of the Year” by the Conseil québécois de la musique. Mr. Beauséjour leads a very active performing schedule in Canada and abroad that has taken him to France, the United States, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, and Bermuda. He has performed in Paris, Boston, Washington D.C., Vienna, Munich, and Montreal, as well as at numerous festivals, including the Festival d’Uzès (France), the Lanaudière International Festival, the Festival d’Ambronay, the festival Un été à Bourges, the Lamèque Early Music Festival (New Brunswick), and the Vancouver Early Music Festival. He was invited to perform the Goldberg Variations at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto for a CBC commemoration of the great pianist’s birthday—testimony to the recognition he has earned as one of Canada’s finest musicians. He is also heard regularly on both CBC and Radio-Canada.

For Analekta, Naxos, et CBC Records/Les Disques SRC, he has recorded some twenty CDs, many of which have won awards and praise from music magazines. He regularly teams up with eminent musicians such as sopranos Agnès Mellon, Donna Brown and Karina Gauvin; violinist James Ehnes; conductor and harpsichordist Hervé Niquet; trumpet player Paul Merkelo; oboist Louise Pellerin; and flutists Claire Guimond and Marie-Céline Labbé, to name a few. Producer Jacques Drouin chose Beauséjour’s interpretation of François Couperin’s Barricades mystérieuses for his animated film Empreintes, produced by the National Film Board of Canada in 2004. This piece was taken from Beauséjour’s recording Famous Works for Harpsichord, which won “Record of the Year” in the classical category for soloist and small ensemble at the 2001 ADISQ awards. In 1994, Mr. Beauséjour founded Clavecin en concert, a concert series of harpsichord music. His performances in this series have included the complete works for harpsichord of Rameau, J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, The Art of Fugue, and Book I of The Well-tempered Clavier. Since 2001, the organization, whose mission is to promote the harpsichord repertoire, has enjoyed the support of various levels of government and has grown considerably in popularity.

Born in Rawdon, Quebec, Mr. Beauséjour holds a Doctorate from the Université de Montréal. He studied harpsichord with Mireille Lagacé and organ with Bernard Lagacé. He also trained in Europe under Ton Koopman and Kenneth Gilbert. First Prize winner of the 1985 Erwin Bodky International Harpischord Competition in Boston, he has also won prizes at several other competitions and received a number of grants from the Canada Council and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Mr. Beauséjour teaches harpsichord and organ in Montreal.


Baroque flute by Alain Weemaels, 1992 – following an original design by Rottenburgh père.
Harpsichord by Yves Beaupré, 1992 – following an original design by Hemsch and Blanchet.
Harpsichord tuning : Yves Beaupré
Pitch 400Hz.


Recorded in August 1994 at Saint-Paul Church, Joliette, Quebec.

Producer and recording engineer : Johanne Goyette
Artistic adviser : Yves Beaupré
Editing : Geoff Mitchell
Photo : Monic Richard
Graphic Design : François Spénard (Imprimatec).