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Johann Gottlieb Janitsch 

Sonate da camera vol. II


Among Frederick the Great’s carefully chosen retinue of court musicians, Johann Gottlieb Janitsch (1708-1763), contraviolonist in the Royal Orchestra of the Court of Prussia, is survived by a large number of complex, sonically rewarding chamber pieces. Among these figure over 40 quadro sonatas that, through dexterous handling of a subtle and intricate form, allow the composer to display his complete mastery of counterpoint.



Christopher Palameta, oboe and direction

Washington McClain, oboe 

Mika Putterman, traverso

Hélène Plouffe, violin 

Olivier Brault, violin

Scott Woolweaver, viola

Karen Kaderavek, cello

Erin Helyard, harpsichord

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Early Music America

Brian Stewart, September 2011

"Christopher Palameta is to be commended for both for championing this unjustly neglected composer and also 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."

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The Toronto Star

John Terauds, June 2011

"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. This may be volume 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.”

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La Première Chaîne, Juillet 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."


American Record Guide

Peter Loewen, September 2011

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


La Scena Musicale (Canada)

Alexandre Lazaridès, September 2011

"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."

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MusicWeb International

Glyn Pursglove

"The musicians of Notturna are very accomplished. This music which should give real pleasure to anyone with an interest in the music of the mid-eighteenth century."

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Son et Images

Benoît Martel, September 2011

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

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