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ATMA: Masques and Notturna

Ensemble Masques explores Rameau's "Pièces de clavecin en concert" and Notturna plays the chamber sonatas of Janitsch.

Masques

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The Montreal-based ensemble Masques.

Masques and Rameau

The Canadian ensemble Masques has recorded numerous fine CDs in the last few years. Their latest ATMA recording takes on Jean-Philippe Rameau’s complete Pièces de clavecin en concert. The performance is beautifully and stylishly delivered, often containing many lovely surprises. Masques truly captures the essence of the French Baroque style, a quality that eludes many ensembles.

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Troisième Concert, III.Tambourins
Masques — Pièces de clavecin en concert (ATMA, 2010)
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Notturna and Janitsch

Eighteenth-century German composer Johann Gottlieb Janitsch may not be the most familiar name, but his music speaks very highly of his abilities. The Montreal-based ensemble Notturna has recorded the first volume in an ATMA label series of Janitsch’s chamber sonatas. Led by baroque oboist Christopher Palameta, the group’s performance is nothing short of world-class.

Johann Gottlieb Janitsch: Sonata da camera in G minor, IV.Vivace
Notturna/Christopher Palameta — Sonate da camera, vol. 1 (ATMA, 2009)
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Jean-Philippe Rameau: Troisième Concert, III.Tambourins
Masques — Pièces de clavecin en concert (ATMA, 2010)
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Jean-Philippe Rameau: Quatrième Concert, III.La Rameau
Masques — Pièces de clavecin en concert (ATMA, 2010)
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Johann Gottlieb Janitsch: Sonata da camera in G minor, IV.Vivace
Notturna/Christopher Palameta — Sonate da camera, vol. 1 (ATMA, 2009)
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Johann Gottlieb Janitsch: Sonata da camera in C major, III.Allegro assai
Notturna/Christopher Palameta — Sonate da camera, vol. 1 (ATMA, 2009)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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