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  • Conductor: William Dongois
  • Composer: Antonio Bertali
  • Audio CD (25 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Accent Records
  • ASIN: B00FNY1H8C
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,400 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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William Dongois is one of the best-known cornettists of our time. He is able to play the repertoire of his instrument the cornett resembles a flute in its construction, whereas its wooden mouthpiece is used similarly to that of a trumpet with dancelike elegance, rhetorical concision and, often, even with a certain "groove". On this CD, together with the Ensemble Le Concert Brisé, he presents a portrait of the composer Antonio Bertali (1605-1669), 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.

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By Stephen Midgley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Dec. 2013
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Antonio Bertali (1605-1669) was an extremely talented and inventive pioneer of baroque instrumental music. Helped by his position as kapellmeister at the Viennese Imperial court, his work exerted a considerable influence on the development of European instrumental music well beyond his native Italy - an influence seen in the works of Biber, Schmelzer, Muffat and other distinguished composers of the central European school that developed around that time.

There have been a number of fine CD collections of Bertali's works, but this present one from the excellent period-instrument ensemble Le Concert Brisé is one of the loveliest I have heard. Most of the works here are multi-section sonatas scored for a small group of instruments, but there's also a beautiful Ciaconna which I'll return to in a moment. The ensemble's instruments here consist of violin, sackbut, dulcian, harpsichord, organ, archlute - and, very importantly, the cornetto of their director William Dongois. Fielding varying combinations for the different pieces, they produce an attractive variety of instrumental sonorities - all the more so since all these musicians perform superbly, both individually and in concert. Bertali's music brings many delights, including that splendid Ciaconna (track 3), a lovely example of the genre which has often featured in other collections on CD. Here it's scored for violin and harpsichord, quite beautifully, delicately and stylishly played, and altogether this is an absolute delight.

Among other very lovely works are the Sonata a due violini e gamba (4), and another Sonata a due violini (6), the two upper parts here taken as an enthralling dialogue between violin and cornetto - this is music of real feeling, and performed as such.
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This is an amazing gem. Fabulous music, extraordinarily well played. It's enough to make me want to play the cornett.
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HASH(0x8fffa00c) out of 5 stars Brilliant Bertali 9 Dec. 2013
By Stephen Midgley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Antonio Bertali (1605-1669) was an extremely talented and inventive pioneer of baroque instrumental music. Helped by his position as kapellmeister at the Viennese Imperial court, his work exerted a considerable influence on the development of European instrumental music well beyond his native Italy - an influence seen in the works of Biber, Schmelzer, Muffat and other distinguished composers of the central European school that developed around that time.

There have been a number of fine CD collections of Bertali's works, but this present one from the excellent period-instrument ensemble Le Concert Brisé is one of the loveliest I have heard. Most of the works here are multi-section sonatas scored for a small group of instruments, but there's also a beautiful Ciaconna which I'll return to in a moment. The ensemble's instruments here consist of violin, sackbut, dulcian, harpsichord, organ, archlute - and, very importantly, the cornetto of their director William Dongois. Fielding varying combinations for the different pieces, they produce an attractive variety of instrumental sonorities - all the more so since all these musicians perform superbly, both individually and in concert. Bertali's music brings many delights, including that splendid Ciaconna (track 3), a lovely example of the genre which has often featured in other collections on CD. Here it's scored for violin and harpsichord, quite beautifully, delicately and stylishly played, and altogether this is an absolute delight.

Among other very lovely works are the Sonata a due violini e gamba (4), and another Sonata a due violini (6), the two upper parts here taken as an enthralling dialogue between violin and cornetto - this is music of real feeling, and performed as such. The following Sonata (7) brings another catchy melody, and the next (8), for cornett and organ, allows William Dongois to demonstrate his well-known virtuosity on the cornetto to thrilling effect. The final work, Sonata a quattro in D minor (9), is characterised by imagination, energy, variety and melodic grace, ending in a lovely Passacaglia.

It all adds up to a fascinating and delightful programme, greatly enhanced by the group's spirited and spontaneous approach to music-making and by Dongois' stylish, imaginative direction as well as wizardry on his own instrument. Anne Schumann's fabulous violin playing, in the Ciaconna and elsewhere, also deserves special mention. Recorded sound is excellent, beautifully capturing the subtleties of the period instruments. The director's own CD booklet notes are extremely helpful and benefit from an excellent English translation. Le Concert Brisé have already brought us a number of very fine baroque recordings, such as Cantatas & Sonatas, Style Fantastique, Venetian Art 1600, and in all of these they are singularly successful in conveying the emotional content as well as the sound and style of the music. I hope we'll be hearing plenty more from them.
HASH(0x8fffa0a8) out of 5 stars Exquisite music from our past brought to life again by wonderful musicians 9 Mar. 2014
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Wonderful historic CD . This music is so enlivened by fantastic musicians using periode instruments, beautiful sound and wonderful technique. William Dongois and Le Concert Brise Antonio makes Bertalis musicsing.
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