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Pachelbel: Un Orage dÆAvril (April Storm) - Suites; Canon & Songs / Hans-Jörg Mammel, tenor; Gli incogniti, Amandine Beyer

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Notes & Reviews:

Though the bass line of a certain celebrated Canon may have made Pachelbel the most frequently heard classical composer in the world, this sparkling program shows he was not just a 'one hit wonder.' It is built around suites for two violins and continuo from a collection called the Musikalische Ergötzung. The title means 'musical delight,' and indeed one cannot but be ravished by the extraordinary sonic hedonism displayed in these works. A few songs written for special occasions add further spice to this delightful recording featuring tenor Hans-Jörg Mammel and the ensemble Gli incogniti led by Amandine Beyer.

Sunday Times, 28th February 2016
The playing is alive, inventive, compelling; and the Canon is heard here in a brisk, fresh reading.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2016
Fine music... [and] in Gli Incogniti it finds itself in expert hands. There is depth and sweetness to their sound, clarity and busyness to their counterpoint, and buoyancy to their expression of rhythm and line. They are as able to inhabit serious melancholy... as to access a sense of fun for dances... this release is well worth your time.

Irish Times, 7th April 2016
The Canon itself is here, fresh and unlumbering, with its companion Gigue, sprightly and uplifting...Five arias, sung by tenor Hans J÷rg Mammel, range from lamentatory to celebratory.


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