Eighteenth-Century Recorder Sonatas

Marion Verbruggen, recorder
John Gibbons, harpsichord
Christina Mahler, 'cello

Music of Telemann, Loeillet, de la Barre, Bach, and Corelli

Recorded in July, 1978 at the Lindsey Chapel, Boston.

Recorders: alto recorder by Friedrich von Heune after J. Denner; alto recorder by Hans Coolsma after Bressan; soprano recorder by Frederick Morgan after Stanesby, Jr.

Recording engineer & production director: Ralph Dopmeyer
Design: Philidor Press, Boston
Cover painting: detail from "Mrs. Teding van Berkhout and her three sons" by Cornelius Troost, 1723. Courtesy of the Municipal Museum "Het Prinsenhof," Delft.
Total playing time: 47:57


  • Georg Philipp Telemann: Sonata in d minor from Essercizii Musici
  • Jean-Baptiste Loeillet: Sonata in a minor, Opus 3, No. 4
  • Michel de la Barre: Suite No. 9 in G Major, Sonate: l'Inconnue
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata in F Major (orig. E), BWV 1035
  • Arcangelo Corelli: Sonata in g minor, opus 4, No. 12, La Follia

About the Performers

Marion Verbruggen was born in 1950 in Amsterdam. Following studies with Frans Br¸ggen at the conservatories in Amsterdam and The Hague (where she graduated cum laude and was recipient of the Nicolai Prize for the performance of contemporary Dutch music), she was a prizewinner in the 1972 International Recorder Competition at Bruges. In the same year, she was appointed to the faculties of the Royal Conservatory (The Hague) and the Utrecht Conservatory. In 1979, she won the Erwin Bodky Award for early music performance. Her international career has included solo and ensemble performances, as well as masterclasses and workshops, in Europe, North America, Israel, and Japan. She is a regular guest with Gustav Leonhardt, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Musica Antiqua K–n, Tafelmusik, and the Holland Festival.

John Gibbons is widely recognized as one of today's leading keyboard artists. He is harpsichordist of the Boston Museum Trio and frequent soloist with Frans Br¸ggen's Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century (with whom he recorded Mozart's c minor and d minor piano concertos). He has been an invited recitalist at Carnegie Hall and a featured soloist at the Spoleto Festival (Italy and Australia), the Boston Early Music Festival, the San Francisco Symphony Bach Festival, and the Tanglewood, Castle Hill, and Monadnock festivals. He is resident harpsichordist at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and is a faculty member of the New England Conservatory (where he graduated with highest honors). As a Fulbright Scholar, Mr. Gibbons studied in Holland with Gustav Leonhardt.

Christina Mahler was born in The Netherlands and holds a diploma from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she studied with Anner Bylsma. In 1981, she emigrated to Canada in order to take up the position of principal cellist of Toronto's Tafelmusik baroque orchestra. Ms. Mahler is a member of several ensembles specializing, in the performance of classical and romantic works on period instruments and has performed throughout North America and Europe as chamber musician and orchestral player.

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