Calcutta 1789 - À la croisée de l'Europe et de l'Inde Notturna & Christopher Palameta
Label: Les Disques ATMA Inc.
Subgenre: Chamber Music
Artist: Notturna & Christopher Palameta
Composer: Carl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787), Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782), George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)
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- Traditional: Sakia (air hindoustani):
- 1Traditional: Sakia (air hindoustani) (Arr. For Chamber Ensemble By Notturna)06:44
- Johann Christian Bach (1735 - 1782): Quintette In F Major, Op. 22, No 2:
- 2Bach: Quintette In F Major, Op. 22, No 2: I. Allegro commodo06:11
- 3Bach: Quintette In F Major, Op. 22, No 2: II. Tempo di minuetto04:09
- 4Bach: Quintette In D Major, Op. 22, No 1: II. Andantino04:51
- George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759): Quatuor In G major, "My Song Shall Be Alway":
- 5Handel: Quatuor In G major, "My Song Shall Be Alway": I. Largo e staccato00:41
- 6Handel: Quatuor In G major, "My Song Shall Be Alway": II. Allegro02:27
- 7Handel: Quatuor In G major, "My Song Shall Be Alway": III. Adagio01:06
- 8Handel: Quatuor In G major, "My Song Shall Be Alway": IV. Allegro03:23
- Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695): The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 / Act III:
- 9Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 / Act III: If Love’s A Sweet Passion (Arr. For Chamber Ensemble By Notturna)01:41
- King Arthur, Z.628 / Act V:
- 10Purcell: King Arthur, Z.628 / Act V: Scene II: Fairest Isle (Arr. For Chamber Ensemble By Notturna)01:46
- Carl Friedrich Abel (1723 - 1787): Quatuor In B-Flat Major, Op. 12, No 5:
- 11Abel: Quatuor In B-Flat Major, Op. 12, No 5: I. Un poco allegro04:52
- 12Abel: Quatuor In B-Flat Major, Op. 12, No 5: II. Rondo03:32
- William Hamilton Bird (ca. 1750-1804): Oriental Miscellany:
- 13Bird: Oriental Miscellany: XV. Rekhtah "Mera peara ab ia re" (Arr. For Chamber Ensemble By Notturna)03:49
- George Frideric Handel: Rodelinda, HWV 19 / Act III:
- 14Handel: Rodelinda, HWV 19 / Act III: "Ahi perché, giusto ciel" (Arr. For Chamber Ensemble By Notturna)06:25
- Solomon, HWV 67 / Act III:
- 15Handel: Solomon, HWV 67 / Act III: Will The Sun Forget To Streak (Arr. for Chamber Ensemble by Notturna)04:39
- Ottone, HWV 15 / Act I:
- 16Handel: Ottone, HWV 15 / Act I: Falsa imagine, m'ingannasti (Arr. For Chamber Ensemble By Notturna)05:03
- William Hamilton Bird: Oriental Miscellany:
- 17Bird: Oriental Miscellany: XIII. Terana "Dandera vakee" (Arr. For Chamber Ensemble By Notturna)02:10
- Henry Purcell: The Indian Queen, Z. 630 / Act III:
- 18Purcell: The Indian Queen, Z. 630 / Act III: Rondeau01:39
Info for Calcutta 1789 - À la croisée de l'Europe et de l'Inde
Calcutta 1789, the latest album by Notturna, is a fascinating portrait of 18th century musical life in India during the British colonial period. Under the direction of Christopher Palameta, the program combines traditional Indian music with works by Purcell, Handel, J.C. Bach, and other European composers. Notturna’s period instrumentalists are joined by the voluptuous sounds of the sitar, played by Uwe Neumann, and the tabla, played by Shawn Mativetsky.
Inspired by a 1789 concert program discovered in the archives of Calcutta, the recording reconstructs the rich cultural exchange that developed between Indian and English musicians who were brought to India as part of The British East India Company’s entourage.
Christopher Palameta, oboe, artistic direction
Mika Putterman, flute
Olivier Brault, violin
Dorian Bandy, violin, viola
Susie Napper, cello
Brice Sailly, harpsichord
Uwe Neumann, sitar
Shawn Mativetsky, tabla
Founded in 2006 and directed by oboist Christopher Palameta, Notturna is a chamber collective whose “spirited and sensitive playing” (Early Music America) draws on the transparency and expressiveness of early wind instruments to paint fresh pictures of an unexplored historical repertoire. Notturna has toured extensively in North and South America and Europe, assembling vivid and dynamic programmes its musicians interpret with zeal and uncompromising depth. Recent performances include recitals at festivals in Belgium, France, Finland, Argentina and Peru. The ensemble’s discography includes five world premiere recordings for the ATMA Classique label, as well as a disc of forgotten chamber works with oboe from the Court of Prussia for Sony/Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, all of which have garnered unanimous praise from the international press.
Born in Montréal, oboist Christopher Palameta performs with many of Europe’s finest period ensembles. With these orchestras, he has toured on five continents and recorded over sixty discs for the Erato, Sony BMG, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Ramée, Pentatone, CPO, BIS, Alpha, Naxos, ATMA Classique, and Analekta labels. An ardent defender of unexplored repertoire for the oboe, Palameta founded Notturna in 2006 as a platform to excavate forgotten chamber music for his instrument. His solo discography includes suites by Marin Marais (nominated in 2015 for the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik or German Record Critics’ Award); sonatas by Handel, Abel, J. C. Bach, Janitsch, Krause and Graun with Notturna for the ATMA Classique and Sony labels; solo concertos by Molter with Die Kölner Akademie for the ARS label; and a recital of early French Romantic works for oboe and piano on Ramée entitled Berlioz’s Lost Oboe. A recipient of several research grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts, he has been invited to speak at conferences on nineteenth-century historical performance practice in Oxford, Vienna and Lyon. Christopher took his graduate degree from McGill University and his PhD in Musicology from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where his doctoral research on the oboe under Berlioz was supported by the Maple Leaf Trust (Canadian Centennial Fund). He teaches historical oboes at the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki University of the Arts).