Flemish composer Jean-Baptiste Loeillet settled in the English capital around 1705, and by 1707 he was mentioned as a member of the Drury Lane Orchestra. Later he played as flutist and oboist in the orchestra of the Queen's Theatre at the Haymarket. It was at his house that the concerti grossi by Corelli received their first performance in England. The Ensemble Mediolanum performs six sonatas from Loeillet's 12 Solos, op. 3, scored for the recorder and Italianate in style. Loeillet was a renowned harpsichordist, and Wiebke Weidanz performs his five-movement Suite in F Major brilliantly.
"The fast movements are oft technically demanding, and the basso continuo is vivid and rhythmically pronounced. Sabine Ambos plays the recorder part brilliantly and explores the limited dynamic possibilities of the recorder to the full. Felix Koch and Wiebke Weidanz provide excellent support, with a great rhythmic drive…. The Suite is technically demanding and reflects Loeillet's skills. It is a piece of considerable substance: here it takes more than 18 minutes and the opening allemande lasts no less than six minutes. Wiebke Weidanz delivers a technically impressive and musically convincing performance."—Musica Dei Donum