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DORNEL, L.-A.: 6 Suittes en Trio (Musica Barocca)

Composer(s):Dornel, Louis-Antoine
Artist(s) Musica Barocca, Ensemble
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570826
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Little is known about the French composer Louis-Antoine Dornel, who occupied several posts in Paris as an organist and as maître de musique. The few works that survive from Dornel’s entire output testify to a seemingly talented and inventive composer eager to try the latest musical fashions. The Six Suittes en Trio consist of a number of dances all written in the same key and intended to be performed as a unit. The music is remarkably varied, from the majestic opening sections of the Ouvertures and the intensely expressive Préludes to the fast and light Rigodons.


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,August 2008

The blurb on the back of this new CD begins: Little is known about (this) French composer...But of course. Who has ever heard of him? Important musical figures of the time were surrounded by eager satellites whose product is often curious to the eye and titillating to the ear. The question is whether such music can stand on its own feet or is a mere reflection of the real article.  So goes it with Dornel: the suites, composed of dance movements, follow convention, are charming in their own little way, and leave no lasting melodic imprint, as does the music of contemporaries like Couperin or Rameau, for example. The musicians play in style and give it their best shot. This is one for collectors of musical esoterica.

Review By James Manheim,,August 2008

The recording…is too live…an enjoyable set of pieces for a big Baroque shelf.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,July 2008

That he was born in France in 1680, was one of the major organists in Paris at the beginning of the 18th century, and quite an industrious composer, is about all that we know of Louis-Antoine Dornel. Little of his music has survived, though contemporary reports would have him composing much for the church, but only four cantatas and organ music in manuscript form are still extant. In 1709 he published the Livre de Simphonies Contenant six suittes et trio, music that in reality was a series of movements in the form of dances for flute duo and accompaniment. Certainly, they make welcome listening, the fast movements - particularly the Gigues - having a melodic invention that at times is quite catchy. They are performed by a multi-national group, Musica Barocca, the two baroque



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