Notturna is a chamber collective that explores early music written especially for wind instruments. Founded in 2006 and based in Paris, its members are all distinguished performers who specialize in historical performance of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Directed by oboist Christopher Palameta, Notturna’s “spirited and sensitive playing”
(Early Music America, Spring 2010) draws on the transparency and expressiveness of early wind instruments to paint fresh pictures of an unexplored historical repertoire.
Get to Know Us
From left to right:
Jan Van den Borre, traverso - Emily Robinson, cello
Christopher Palameta, oboe - Brice Sailly, harpsichord - Catherine Martin, violin
Since 2006, Notturna's musicians have been exploring forgotten chamber music for winds, assembling vivid and dynamic programmes of previously unpublished and unrecorded works that they interpret with zeal and uncompromising depth. Each of the musician’s distinct personalities is given a chance to shine through, creating a sonic tapestry of warm and luxurious timbres.
In particular, the ensemble specializes in chamber music from the Prussian court of Frederick the Great. Like Renaissance painters using chiaroscuro, these Berlin-based composers use their hallmark Empfindsamer Stil to skillfully create subtle effects of light and shadow in their works and plunge the listener into a world full of contrast and diversity.