Gretry: L'amant Jaloux (arr. For Chamber Ensemble)
Label: ATMA Classique
Catalog: ACD2 2797
Notturna; Palameta, Christopher
Canadian ensemble Notturna offers a charming instrumental version of the opera L'Amant jaloux (the jealous lover) by André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry (1741-1813). This anonymous arrangement for flute, oboe, violin, viola, and bass was found in the Biblioteca Estense di Modena. Though undated, it was likely transcribed in 1778, the year Grétry composed the opera. 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, creating vivid and dynamic programmes that its musicians interpret with zeal and uncompromising depth. Canadian oboist Christopher Palameta performs with many of Europe’s finest period ensembles, including The Gabrieli Consort, Il Pomo d'Oro, Pygmalion, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Les Siècles, La Grande Ecurie, La Petite Bande and Vox Luminis, among others. Palameta has toured five continents with these orchestras and has made more than 50 recordings for many labels.