Press reviews

Marin Marais : Suites for oboe (2015)

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Christopher Palameta (…) has the lead throughout, displaying technical mastery that generates a variety of phrasings and colors that are predominantly on the side of the angels – sweet, persuading, and pastoral.

      • Tom Moore, Early Music America, September 2015

Une fois passée la surprise de la disposition sonore vers l’aigu et du timbre de l’instrument à vent, on tombe vite sous le charme de la conduite éminemment musicale et d’une maîtrise technique sans faille.

Le musicien apporte au vocabulaire de la danse une grande diversité tout en l’incarnant avec une conscience admirable de la vocalité de la phrase. Les nobles courantes et les préludes méditatifs sortent la tête haute de cette transposition et ne font jamais regretter l’instrument à cordes.

Une version splendide et très réussie, qui dévoile un pendant inattendu aux Concerts Royaux de François Couperin.

5 diapasons.

      • Philippe Ramin, Diapason (France), January 2015

Marais – Suites for Oboe: The music is gorgeous, the performances are super suave and the recorded sound is crystal clear. This should be compulsory listening for all students of baroque oboe and general French performance practice. I can heartily recommend this recording without reservation.

      • Brian Clark, Early Music Review (Scotland), February 2015

With only four solo recordings to his name, Christopher Palameta has already established himself as the oboe world’s resident archaeologist.

      • Matthew Parsons, CBC (Canada), February 2015

El resultado e un programa que se escucha con interés por el bello sonido del solista y su indudable musicalidad.

      • Pablo J. Vayon, Scherzo (Spain), March 2015

Ceux qui aiment la musique de Marin Marais et la douce sonorité du hautbois baroque seront ravis d’entendre le dernier disque du Québécois Christopher Palameta.

Le hautboïste, qui aime surprendre les mélomanes avec des œuvres méconnues ou oubliées – on pense ici à ses trois jolis disques de Janitsch -, présente ici six suites transcrites de différents Livres de Pièces de violes de Marais.

Évidemment, il convient d’aborder cette proposition musicale avec un esprit de curiosité et en mettant un peu de côté nos souvenirs du son de la viole de gambe, pour laquelle les pièces ont été écrites.

C’est chose facile grâce au jeu tout en finesse et en subtilité du musicien qui apporte à ces pièces une tout autre couleur. Les sarabandes, gavottes, menuets et autres danses anciennes nous plongent à une autre époque avec élégance et délicatesse.

Note : 3.5 / 4

      • Caroline Rodgers, La Presse (Montréal), May 2015

Oboist Christopher Palameta takes his Hotteterre replica and runs it through the paces in these suites. His tone is suitably subtle yet steadfast, and he phrases all of the music with good taste, suitable and yet restrained ornamentation, and an excellent sense of rhythm.

This is one disc that is excellent and well worth having in one’s collection, particularly if one wishes an example of the social music of that age.

      • Bertil van Boer, Fanfare Magazine (USA), April 2015

Palameta sets a standard here with fine performances which give the impression that the music was specifically written for the oboe. In his performance the elegance and subtlety which are features of the French style come off very well. (…) This disc should appeal to a wide range of music-lovers.

      • Johan van Veen, MusicWeb International (UK), April 2015

The result is as convincing as it is astounding.

      • Arnt Cobbers, Klassik Newsletter Berlin (Germany), April 2015

On apprécie les douces rondeurs et la suavité du chant. On aime l’élégance gracieuse du baroque français sur un instrument rarement entendu dans ce répertoire. Palameta est sûrement l’un des meilleurs hautboïstes sur la scène de la musique ancienne.

      • Le Parnasse musical (Canada), May 2015

Palameta plays with perfect intonation and a wonderfully soft tone.

      • Clemens Haustein, Fono Forum (Germany), March 2015

Palameta plays with the highest degree of refinement and musical sensitivity, displaying a velvety warm tone and fluid ornamentation.

Fans of baroque music on period instruments will appreciate this recording, not only for its sheer beauty, but also as a musicological project.

      • Karen Ages, The Whole Note (Canada), March 2015

Top-notch recording (…) Palameta’s playing is characterized by remarkable clarity. Response and intonation are perfect in all the different dance settings, and the high level of performance is matched by his continuo team. The recording technique stays close to the instruments, resulting in a very vivid sound.

      • Bernhard Schrammek, Kultur Radio (Germany), February 2015

Christopher Palameta paints a captivating portrait of that particular era. Stylishly and without a hint of undue exaggeration, he performs what were among the first great works for his instrument with refinement and technical perfection.

      • André Sittner, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (Germany), January 2015

This intimate repertoire, which Marais penned for the newly-arrived oboe, is presented here in a technically flawless performance. Palameta perfectly masters the baroque oboe, removing any and all trace of harshness from its tone to create a veritable ‘speaking’ instrument.

      • Remy Franck, Pizzicato (Luxembourg), January 2015

Palameta proves himself to be an exceptional oboist, with absolute mastery over his instrument, capable of modulating sound and dynamics to express all of the urgency and immediacy of Marais’ music.

The music is delicate, minimalistic, and is entirely based on the beauty of sound and phrasing. While not overtly virtuosic, what we do find on this CD, however, is great beauty. A disc we recommend to all lovers of French baroque repertoire.

      • Gabriele Formenti, CD Classico (Italy), January 2015

The adjective that immediately comes to mind is superlative musicianship. Palameta’s sweet tone colours and silken, expressive woodwind sound dominate this exemplary recording.

Marais – Suites for Oboe positions Palameta as one of the top chamber oboe players.

      • Paul James Dwyer, Toronto Early Music Centre, February 2015