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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.
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.