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Antonio Bertali (1609-1665): Sonatas / William Dongois, cornett

Album Summary

>Bertali, Antonio : Sonata a 4 (12)
>Bertali, Antonio : Sonata for 2 violins, viola da gamba & continuo no 2
>Bertali, Antonio : Ciaconna for violin, keyboard & chitarrone
>Bertali, Antonio : Sonata for 2 violins, viola da gamba & continuo no 3
>Bertali, Antonio : Sonata a 4, no 2
>Bertali, Antonio : Sonata a 2
>Bertali, Antonio : Sonata for 2 violins, bassoon & continuo no 4
>Bertali, Antonio : Sonata No 1
>Bertali, Antonio : Sonata à 4
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Notes & Reviews:

William Dongois is one of the best-known cornettists of our time. He is able to play the repertoire of his instrument with dancelike elegance and rhetorical concision. On this recording, together with the ensemble Le Concert Brisé, he presents a portrait of the composer Antonio Bertali, who hailed from Verona and was active at the Habsburg court in Vienna starting at the age of 20. He composed in the stylus fantasticus, which represents a synthesis of the Italian and Austrian styles. Typical of this style are echoes of dance movements, sections written above ostinato basses having the effect of improvisations, chromatic passages, but also dialogues and echo effects - all combining to form a music full of interpretative freedom that always appears to be telling a story. Today, Bertali's great Chaconne for solo violin (also recorded here) belongs to the standard baroque repertoire, but Dongois and his ensemble also demonstrate in the lesser-known works how variegated and enticing this music is.

Sunday Times, 12th January 2014
Le Concert Brise use only a single violin throughout; other melody lines are assigned to wind instruments. The colours are rich, opulent and fresh, the performances expressive.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Evangelische Johanneskirche, Halle (Saale), Germany (07/2012).



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Works Details

>Bertali, Antonio : Sonata à 4 (12)
  • Conductor: William Dongois
  • Ensemble: Le Concert Brisé
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bertali, Antonio : Sonata for 2 violins, viola da gamba & continuo no 2
  • Conductor: William Dongois
  • Ensemble: Le Concert Brisé
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bertali, Antonio : Ciaconna for violin, keyboard & chitarrone
  • Conductor: William Dongois
  • Ensemble: Le Concert Brisé
  • Running Time: 10 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bertali, Antonio : Sonata for 2 violins, viola da gamba & continuo no 3
  • Conductor: William Dongois
  • Ensemble: Le Concert Brisé
  • Running Time: 7 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bertali, Antonio : Sonata à 4, no 2
  • Conductor: William Dongois
  • Ensemble: Le Concert Brisé
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bertali, Antonio : Sonata à 2
  • Conductor: William Dongois
  • Ensemble: Le Concert Brisé
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bertali, Antonio : Sonata for 2 violins, bassoon & continuo no 4
  • Conductor: William Dongois
  • Ensemble: Le Concert Brisé
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bertali, Antonio : Sonata No 1
  • Performers: William Dongois (Cornet); Carsten Lohff (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bertali, Antonio : Sonata à 4
  • Conductor: William Dongois
  • Ensemble: Le Concert Brisé
  • Running Time: 11 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 16th Century