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This disc is a kind of mosaic of Baroque pieces. It includes chamber works written by composers favored by the French Kings.
At that time, the flute - the royal instrument - had its golden age; many composers wrote for the instrument (for instance, Johann Joachim Kuanz composed more than 300 flute concertos for the Prussian King Friedrich, who was an amateur flutist himself).

Louis XIV was a well-known patron of art and music-lover. In order to support the composers he released several bills that gave them the right to publish their compositions and distribute them. It was called Privilege du Roi.
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier was born in 1691. He lived in Paris most of his life and died there in 1765. Held the post of Master of vocal art at the Academy of Music. His music, elegant and melodious, was rather popular during his lifetime. An excellent musician, he could also compose easily with a great speed, and his heritage is quite impressive. At the same time he was rather careless and absent-minded. "Messieurs, please take my score and do anything you like with it. I know about how to present it less than the youngest choir boy does," - the composer confessed to the directors of the Academy.
Among his works were an opera Daphnis et Chloe, opera-ballet Daphne, instrumental cycle Les Seasons. He was the first French composer who wrote a concerto for a solo instrument with the orchestra.
Jaques Marten Hottetere (le Romain) - an eminent musician, pedagogue, and theoretician. He worked in the Royal Chapel, played flute, fagot, musette. Like his parents, he was an excellent flute maker. He was the leading pedagogue in Paris aristocratic circles. He was also an author of treatises about the art of improvisation and playing musette. In his works for flute - suites for flute and bass, pieces for flute solo and two flutes, trio-sonatas, he showed the bright expressive possibilities of this beautiful instrument.

Georg Philip Telemann is one of the most famous composers of the XVIII century. His unique musical talent became obvious early. At the age of ten he already played four instruments, had composed several arias, motets, and instrumental pieces. His first triumph happened when he was 13: after the performance of his cantata the audience was so enthusiastic that people carried him in their arms! He worked as a chapel master in Zorau, Eisenach, Leipzig, where he founded Collegium musicum, Frankfurt, Hamburg. He organized the first public concerts; in 1728, founded the first in the history musical magazine Der getreue Musik-Meister. His heritage is enormous: about 40 operas, 1000 orchestral suites, 40 Passions, more than 1500 cantatas, 15 Messes, more than 700 arias and songs, many instrumental works. Telemann confessed that he could not remember all his compositions. After his triumph in Paris in 1735, many of his opuses were published by Privilege du Roy, among them - Les Corelizantes, a tribute of respect to a famous Italian composer Arcangelo Corelli.

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Ars Consoni, the ensemble of the baroque music, appeared in 1986. But for Vladimir Fedotov, who is the ensemble's artistic director and soloist, the new ensemble follows the tradition established by the previous one, founded in Leningrad Academic Glinka Chapel in 1968. The new ensemble performs in the authentic style. Two traverse flutes are the exact copies of the unique instrument made by J.H.Tromlitz, an XVIII century master and theoritician. The copies were made by a famous Leningradian master F.Rav-donikas. The violins, made by Italian masters, belong the XVIII century. Viola da gamba is of the same period and comes from Germany. Theorba was made by another Leningradian master, A.Batov, from the original drawings of the baroque period.

Vladimir Fedotov was born in 1942 in the city of Perm. His father, P. Fedotov, was a professor of flute at the Leningrad Conser-vatoire; the mother, N.Berezins-kaya, was a cellist. Like other musicians, they were evacuated from the Nazi-blockaded Lenin-grad.
In 1960 Vladimir Fedotov, still a student of the Leningrad Conservatoire, began to play in the Kirov Theatre orchestra. In 1964-75, he worked in the Leningrad Philharmonic orchestra headed by Evgeny Mravinsky. Since 1975, appears only as a solo performer. In 1969 he began a series of concerts at the Leningrad Academic Glinka Chapel that lasted for many years.
He was the first flautist in Russia who started to play a recorder. Vladimir Fedotov issued many vinyl and compact discs, his vast repertoire includes all popular works for flute, he played many world premieres.
His daughter, Maria Fedotova, also a flautist, is a member-soloist of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev. She successfully appears in many solo projects..

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