Janitsch – Sonate da camera

Johann Gottlieb Janitsch : Sonate da camera, volumes I, II, III

This CD is something of a find: these quartet sonatas are music of real quality, and the unusual instrumental combinations are delightful. The five works are given compelling performances by Christopher Palameta (oboe) and his Canadian colleagues in Notturna. Strongly recommended.

      • Francis Knights, Oxford Early Music, May 2010

The musicians play with a fluid, seductive balance. Palameta’s silky oboe sound is captivating. Stars: 3/4

      • John Terauds, The Toronto Star, 19 June 2009

Christopher Palameta leads Notturna in an expert performance of five of these quartets— three of which are world premiere recordings. Notturna’s playing is spirited and sensitive and highlights the intricacies of the composer’s crisp counterpoint. In particular, the marvelous oboe playing is smooth and sparkling.

      • Beth Adelman, Early Music America, March 2010

Let yourself be whisked away by Notturna’s liquid sonorities (…) Palameta is a refined and intelligent performer.

      • Gabriele Formenti, CD Classico (Italy)

Un audacieux projet discographique appelé à faire date. Les œuvres révélées dans ce premier volume, pour la plupart inédites, sont en effet du meilleur cru. (…) Pour notre plus grand plaisir, chaque pièce est présentée dans une instrumentation différente et souvent inusitée, voir rarissime. (…) Les musiciens d l’ensemble montréalais Notturna maîtrisent parfaitement leurs instruments et en exploitent tout le grain sonore en de savoureux échanges colorés.

Note : 5/6

      • Philippe Gervais, La Scena Musicale (Canada), August 2009

This may be Vol. II, but the musical material sounds like the pick of the crop. As was the case for the first album, this outing is a pleasure in the choice of music as well as the interpretations. Palameta and his consort perform with breathtaking elegance. Notturna’s careful work only serves to make the music more beautiful. Janitsch’s craft becomes more impressive the more one listens.

      • John Terauds, The Toronto Star, June 2011

Une éclatante réussite. Les huit membres de l’ensemble livrent ici une splendide performance toute en finesse et en intelligence de l’œuvre de Janitsch.

      • Première chaîne, Radio-Canada (regarding Janitsch vol. 2), July 2011

Notturna produces luxurious sounds; their playing is superlative.

      • Early Music Review (Scotland)

Les musiciens de Notturna sont très accomplis…(leur disque) donnera du plaisir à tous ceux qui s’intéressent à la musique du XVIIIe  siècle.

      • Glyn Pursglove, MusicWeb-International.com (England)

In the Quartet in A minor, opus 5, the luminous transverse flute of Mika Putterman provides a sharp contrast to the gloomy and equally enticing sound of the oboe d’amore, played by the ensemble’s director, Christopher Palameta.

      • Marion Beyer, Klassik.com (Germany)

These works combine several solo instruments, particularly the oboe and the oboe d’amore—played with authority by maestro Palameta himself—with continuo. A lovely performance by Notturna.

      • Alexandre Lazaridès, La Scena Musicale, September 2011

The playing here is excellent and nuanced. I love to hear the baroque oboe and oboe d’amore played so well.

      • Peter Loewen, American Record Guide, September 2011

Throughout the recording Palameta’s passion for the oboe is clear. Both oboists in Notturna rise masterfully to the varied and demanding challenges of the Allegro in the C minor Sonata, opus 4. The opening bars of the Largo are at once celestial and solemn; the all-but-forgotten Janitsch is no composer of dull chamber music.

      • Michael Schwartz, The Whole Note (Toronto)

Cinq moments de bonheur colorés, aériens et pleins de vivacité et de finesse.

      • Benoît Martel – Son et Images, September 2011 (regarding Janitsch vol. 2)

Christopher Palameta is to be commended (…) for presenting another excellent set of performances. His ensemble is intimately familiar with the style; they allow the music to move and breathe in its own natural pace. We eagerly look forward to more in this series.

      • Brian Stewart, Early Music America Magazine,  September 2011

The Canadian group Notturna is accomplished and they take vibrant tempos. Bracing, solid period instrument playing makes this series worthwhile.

      • Todd Gorman, American Record Guide, September 2013

Palameta’s oboe performance is especially colourful in its detail and ability to cement parts together. The balanced performances make this Notturna release one to be enjoyed time and time again.

      • Tiina Kiik, The Whole Note, June 2013

The ensemble is excellent. The instruments are in tune with each other, the tempos are nicely followed, and the sound is clear, all of which brings out both the details and the intricacies of these compositions. In short, this is a most worthy disc for lovers of the early Classical period style and should be an addition to their collections. Moreover, they demonstrate that Janitsch was not just an also-ran, but a clever and talented composer who deserves resurrection.

      • Bertil van Boer, Fanfare Magazine, June 2013

On ne peut que déplorer la cruelle pauvreté discographique d’un compositeur tombé dans l’oubli qui semble pourtant avoir tant à dire. Heureusement, Notturna a relevé dignement le défi et déjoué les pièges de cette écriture ciselée en se jouant aussi bien de la balance entre les timbres parfois curieux que du contrepoint à la fois rigoureux et poétique. (…) tout concourt à ressusciter avec passion, clarté et intelligence ces petits bijoux. Beau son, précision et cohérence dans le jeu, remercions Notturna pour avoir osé remettre au goût du jour avec autant de talent un compositeur et une musique chambriste nord-allemande de premier ordre.

      • Frédéric Degroote, Agoravox.fr, September 2014

Throughout, each of the three voices is beautifully shaped and the lines balanced so that no one instrument dominates the sound – in fact, it is a virtuoso display of the fine art of musical dialogue.

      • Early Music Review, June 2013

Janitsch’s tasteful, sophisticated writing is hugely appealing and it is hard not to overstate just how sublimely pleasurable Notturna’s sound is.

      • Andrew Fawcett, Audiophilia, June 2013