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Johann Gottlieb Janitsch: Sonate da camera, Vol. III

The WholeNote
2 juin 2013

(...) The ensemble performs with a clear balance between the instruments and a driving group rhythm. Each member of the ensemble is a “star” as the works demand a detailed focus on each note and a sense of the longer line. This is especially evident in Quadro in B-flat major, Op.3, No.1. In this world premiere recording, a rapid change in harmonies in the first five measures foreshadows a fascinating and technically difficult work that seems to embrace the composer’s self-imposed challenge to expand his musical boundaries. In contrast, Op.1, No.5 in C Major is a slightly lighter work, and is the only quartet to use an obbligato cello. The opening dancelike Larghetto alla Siciliana is convincing with its deliberate pizzicato continuo articulation. The second movement fugue from Op.7, No.5 in C Minor for oboe, violin, viola and continuo is an aural treat. At just over two minutes in duration, Palameta’s oboe performance is especially colourful in its detail and ability to cement the parts together.
The balanced performances make this Notturna release one to be enjoyed time and time again.

Tiina Kiik - The WholeNote

Expedition Audio
20 mai 2013

« As in previous issues, the excellent performances are by the Montreal-based Notturna ensemble, a group who dedicates itself to the performance of early music, especially for winds - so, these Janitsch quartets are right in their wheelhouse.» 
Paul Ballyk - Expedition Audio
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