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DORNEL, L.-A.: La Triomphante - Chamber Music for Recorders, Flute and Continuo (Passacaglia)

Composer(s):Dornel, Louis-Antoine
Artist(s) Passacaglia, Ensemble • Bigwood, Robin, harpsichord • Laurin, Dan, recorder
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.570986
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Antoine Dornel’s imaginative and dynamic compositional style was perfectly suited to the lively and ever-changing musical environment of Paris in the first decades of the eighteenth century. The few works that survive testify to a seemingly talented and inventive composer eager to try the latest musical fashions, as exemplified by the opening work on this recording, the magnificent Sonate en Quatuor. This harmonically adventurous and dramatic work, especially in the first movement which alternates sections of slow, expressive writing with virtuosic, Italianate outbursts, was quite probably Dornel’s first experiment with the title and genre ‘sonata’.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,October 2008

To have had one disc of music by the little known 18th century French composer, Louis-Antoine Dornel, may be looked upon as a luxury, but to have a second could be viewed as self-indulgent.


 

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