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G.B. Fontana, G. Gabrieli: Sonatas & Songs / Le Concert Brisé; William Dongois

Conductor Ensemble

Notes & Reviews:

Cornettist William Dongois performs nine sonatas by Giovanni Battista Fontana. Born in Brescia, Fontana was active in Venice, Rome and Padua, where he died in 1630 during a plague epidemic. He was an outstanding violinist, and his only surviving opus with 18 instrumental sonatas is an important testimonial for the emergence of autonomous instrumental music. In addition, three instrumental canzonas for large ensembles are included, as well as an instrumental version of the great motet Exaudi Domine by Giovanni Gabrieli.

Early Music Review, December 2014
The two cornett players, William Dongois and Judith Paquier, when left to their own devices, exercise these freedoms to the full, wonderfully delivering the dense musical content of Fontana's marvellous creations...This is an excellent new recording.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
These are superb players. Tone qualities, blend, and intonation are always excellent; and technical skills are remarkable. Phrases seem so careful, studied, and thoughtful that they are just plain prim.


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