Mozart - flute quartets by Claire Guimond with Sonnerie

MOZART – Flute Quartets


Claire Guimond, baroque flute
with Sonnerie, led by Monica Huggett.
2001, EMCCD 7754

One of Canada’s most sought-after flautists, Claire Guimond proudly introduces her version of Mozart’s four flute quartets. A most interesting mixture of dreamyness and humour is presented, on what is destined to become a truly important recording. An impeccably engineered product and extremely well performed – totally imbued by the warmth and softeness of Claire Guimond’s baroque flute which has become a real trademark for this outstanding performer.

*** Nomination, CD of the year, Classical and Romantic ***
Conseil québécois de la Musique

Guimond is a graceful and bold artist whose fluidity is complemented by keenly articulate speech. She claims ample airiness and agility.
Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone, April 2004

Product Description

Claire Guimond, baroque flute
Trio Sonnerie :
Monica Huggett, Emilia Benjamin, Alison McGillivray

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 -1791)

See Program notes here

Quartets for flute, violin, viola and cello

in D Major, KV 285

1. Allegro 7 :04
2. Adagio 2 :40
3. Rondeau 4 :39

in G Major, KV 285a

4. Andante 6 :24
5. Tempo di minuetto 3 :37

in C Major, KV 285b

6. Allegro 8 :26
7. Tema con variazioni 10 :13

in A Major, KV298

8. Tema con variazioni 7 :02
9. Menuetto – Trio – Da capo Menuetto Rondieaoux : (Allegretto grazioso, ma non troppo presto, però non troppo adagio, così-così con molto garbo ed espressione). 2 :17


claire guimondCLAIRE GUIMOND, baroque flute

Claire Guimond has established herself as a leading baroque flautist, first in Canada and more recently on the world scene. She is based in London and Montreal.

Claire is a founding member and Artistic Director of Arion Baroque Orchestra, with whom she has frequently toured North and South America and Europe for the past thirty years. She has performed under such distinguished conductors as Philippe Herreweghe, Monica Huggett, Andrew Parrot, Jaap ter Linden, Bruno Weil, Nicholas McGegan, Ton Koopman et Jordi Savall. She made her London debut at the renowned Wigmore Hall in 1998 with violinist Catherine MacIntosh and now performs regularly in the UK.

Her recordings with several labels are distributed world wide and have been praised by the international musical press. Her version of the sonatas by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, with harpsichordist Luc Beauséjour, earned a 10/10 in the French Magazine ‘Repertoire’. The same magazine has rated her solo recording of Telemann’s Fantasias as one of the two definitive versions: the other being an interpretation recorded by her former teacher Barthold Kuijken in 1978.

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



Sonnerie is one of the foremost period instrument ensembles in the world. Founded by Monica Huggett in 1982 and based in London, the group has been acclaimed for its performances from Sydney to Paris and from Helsinki to Vancouver, as well as its quarterly series at London’s prestigious Wigmore Hall.

Sonnerie recently extended its repertoire into the classical era by performing Mozart Piano Quartets, with Gary Cooper on the fortepiano, and in January 2000, Sonnerie recorded the Quartets, again for the ASV label. This in itself was a pioneering exercise as it is the first ever recording of the contemporaneous piano quartet arrangement of the Quintet for piano and winds.

Monica Huggett and Sonnerie are a members of, a site committed to the promotion of some of the world’s finest early music artists.

Monica Huggett Emilia Benjamin Alison McGillivray
violin / violon viola / alto cello / violoncelle
monica huggett emilia benjamin alison mcgillivray

The instruments :
Claire Guimond, flûte – after August Grenser by Alain Weemaels
Monica Huggett – Dutch violin, Cuypers School, late 18th century
Emilia Benjamin, viola – 18th century german anonymous
Alison McGillivray,  cello – Matthew Hardie, Edinburgh 1822

Diapason / Pitch: La 415Hz

Recorded at : St-John’s Church, Loughton, England 14-15-17  July 2001

Executive Producer : Claire Guimond
Recording Producer : Roy Mowatt
Sound engineer : Philip Stokes
Mastering : Adam Skeaping
Graphic design: Lucie Arsenault for Luz design
Photo: Yannick MacDonald

We wish to thank the directors of the Château Dufresne in Montréal for allowing us to take pictures for the cover art.

We wish to thank Mr. André Guimond for his generosity, his wisdom and his wonderful imagination.

Claire Guimond’s wardrobe provided by: Favourbrook, London

© Claire Guimond 2001 under exclusive license with Les Productions inc. Made in Canada

EMCCD 7754.