Since their debut in 2010, Les Récréations have a taste for exploration. The rediscovery of the ancient repertoire, through transcription, improvisation and a personal and contemporary appropriation, leads to a true “re-creation”.
This approach has resulted in the remarkable release of their first disc (Raumklang), dedicated to unpublished trio sonatas by Johann Gottlieb Graun (1702-1771), an astonishing contemporary of the Bach sons. This recording received excellent reviews in Germany and France. “A beautiful discovery, exploited with grace and authority”. Philippe Ramin, Diapason. “The audacities of the score are impressively mastered. But the most important thing is that the expressiveness of these pieces is fully rendered.” Johan van Veen, Toccata
Today, Les Récréations devote themselves in the form of a string quartet to four-part writing from Palestrina to Bach’s Art of the Fugue. Always in search of a distinctive sound identity, their maxims are vocality, balance, harmonic colours, density of the grain and richness of sound. Their latest recording Scarlatti, Sonate a Quattro (Ricercar/Outhere), the fruit of this research, was awarded a Diapason d’Or. “The second recording by Les Récréations confirms their qualities of generosity and expressiveness by taking them to an even higher level of intensity. The rich, full sound retains an exemplary legibility that allows one to revel in the finely conducted counterpoint…”. Jean-Christophe Pucek, (Diapason, June 2021).
Les Récréations have been invited to numerous festivals, including Lanvellec, Ribeauvillé, Souvigny, Bach en Combrailles, Passe ton Bach (Toulouse), Frisson Baroque (Rentilly), Musique à Paray-le-Monial, Kamerfest, and have made live radio recordings for WDR (Cologne) and France Musique.
In Septembre 2022 Les Récréations will record J.S. Bach’s Kunst de Fuge for RICERCAR.