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J.S. Bach, Bononcini, and the Gaultiers on the Ramée Label

Music for lute, organ, harpsichord, and a little-known Italian Baroque oratorio.

Bononcini Cover

Photo: Courtesy of the Label

The Ramée label cover from Les Muffatti's recent recording of the oratorio "San Nicola di Bari" by Giovanni Bononcini.

Giovanni Bononcini

Giovanni Bononcini was one of the late-baroque’s most influential composers. Unfortunately, his name and works continue to live in obscurity, yet a recent recording of the oratorio San Nicola di Bari by Les Muffatti comes as significant contribution. Their performance, under the direction of Peter van Heyghen, captures the essence of the Italian style with a spirit and energy unique to this young, yet important ensemble.

Denis and Ennemond Gaultier

English lutenist Anthony Bailes is renowned for his interpretations of the 17th-century lute repertoire. His lifelong exploration continues with a new recording of music by cousins Denis and Ennemond Gaultier, the most important French lutenists of the 17th-century. Bailes beautifully evokes the light and delicate textures inherent in the Gaultiers music, while exhibiting fine control over his instrument.

J.S. Bach

Léon Berben has been the Ramee label’s featured early keyboard soloist for some time. His releases have received quite a bit of well-deserved praise. The latest, which focuses on J.S. Bach’s toccatas for harpsichord and organ, is a virtuosic and high energy survey of some of the most difficult works for each instrument. Berben dispatches all technical difficulties with ease while bringing out the character of Bach’s music.

Music Heard On This Episode

Giovanni Bononcini: “Anche il cielo”
Les Muffatti/Peter van Heyghen — San Nicola di Bari (Ramee, 2008)
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Giovanni Bononcini: “Anche il cielo”
Les Muffatti/Peter van Heyghen — San Nicola di Bari (Ramee, 2008)
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Giovanni Bononcini: “Quando il cielo”
Les Muffatti/Peter van Heyghen — San Nicola di Bari (Ramee, 2008)
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Denis Gaultier: Courante et Double
Anthony Bailes, lute — Apollon Orateur: 17th-century French Lute Music (Ramee, 2009)
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Ennemond Gaultier: Chaconne
Anthony Bailes, lute — Apollon Orateur: 17th-century French Lute Music (Ramee, 2009)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata in G major–manualiter
Leon Berben, organ and harpsichord — Toccatas (Ramee, 2009)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Fugue in C major–pedaliter
Leon Berben, organ and harpsichord — Toccatas (Ramee, 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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