Album | Leclair: Six sonates pour deux violons / Gwen Hoebig et Karl Stobbe

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Gwen Hoebig, Concertmaster, and Karl Stobbe, Associate Concertmaster, both distinguished musicians of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, combine their talents to bring us the album Six Sonatas for Two Violins, by the great French composer Jean-Marie Leclair, whose tumultuous life led to his murder in 1764.

This magnificent work, composed of lilting pastorals, graceful sarabandes and fiery jigs, is admirably performed by the two virtuosos. Known for his delicate and clean melodic writing, Jean-Marie Leclair is considered the father of violin in France.

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Long recognized as one of Canada’s most outstanding violinists, Gwen Hoebig is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City. As a student she won every major Canadian music competition and in 1981 was the top prize winner at the Munich International Violin Competition. A champion of new music, she has given the Canadian premieres of violin concertos by S. C. Eckhardt-Gramatté, T. P. Carrabré, Randolph Peters, Gary Kulesha, Joan Tower, Christopher Rouse, and Philip Glass, and as soloist with orchestra she has performed all the major violin concerti with orchestras across Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Known for his dedication to the violin and classical music in all its forms, Karl Stobbe is acclaimed as one of Canada’s most diverse and accomplished violinists. As a concertmaster, soloist, and chamber musician, Karl has been an audience favourite in small settings and large venues in Canada, United States, and Europe. His diverse career has included performances of all six Ysaÿe Sonatas for Solo Violin, all 16 Beethoven String Quartets, and all 10 Mahler Symphonies. Karl is just as comfortable directing an orchestra without conductor as he is giving an unaccompanied recital.