Oxford Early Music

Francis Knights, May 2010

"This CD is something of a find: these quartet sonatas are music of real quality, and the unusual instrumental combinations are delightful. The five works are given compelling performances by Christopher Palameta (oboe) and his colleagues in Notturna. Strongly recommended."

The Toronto Star

John Terauds, 19 June 2009

"The musicians play with a fluid, seductive balance. Palameta’s silky oboe sound is captivating." Stars: 3/4

Early Music America

Beth Adelman, March 2010

"Christopher Palameta leads Notturna in an expert performance of five of these quartets— three of which are world premiere recordings. Notturna’s playing is spirited and sensitive and highlights the intricacies of the composer’s crisp counterpoint. In particular, the marvelous oboe playing is smooth and sparkling."

The Whole Note (Canada) 

Andrew Scott, January 2019

"The Montreal-born, Paris-based musician Christopher Palameta is widely fêted for oboe performances that are suffused with equal amounts of aesthetic beauty and historical rigour (...) This recording is certain to expand Palameta’s reputation as a singular musician dedicated to 18th-century period work that showcases the oboe, and should be greeted enthusiastically by fans of early music (...) Thanks to Palameta, Van den Borre, Martin, Robinson and Sailly, this important music lives on for future audiences."

Early Music America

Brian Stewart, September 2011

"Christopher Palameta is to be commended for presenting another excellent set of performances. His ensemble is intimately familiar with the style; they allow the music to move and breathe in its own natural pace. We eagerly look forward to more in this series."

CD Classico (Italy)

Gabriele Formenti, June 2009

"Let yourself be whisked away by Notturna’s liquid sonorities (…) Palameta is a refined and intelligent performer."

American Record Guide

Todd Gorman, September 2013

"The French group Notturna is accomplished and they take vibrant tempos. Bracing, solid period instrument playing makes this series worthwhile."

Fanfare Magazine (USA)

Bertil van Boer, June 2013

"The ensemble is excellent: the instruments are in tune with each other, tempos are nicely followed, and the sound is clear. In short, this is a most worthy disc for lovers of the early Classical period style and should be an addition to their collections. Moreover, they demonstrate that Janitsch was a clever and talented composer who deserves resurrection."

The Whole Note (Canada)

Tiina Kiik, June 2013

"Palameta’s oboe performance is especially colourful in its detail and ability to cement parts together. The balanced performances make this Notturna release one to be enjoyed time and time again."

American Record Guide

Peter Loewen, September 2011

"The playing here is excellent and nuanced. I love to hear the baroque oboe and oboe d’amore played so well."

The Toronto Star

John Terauds, June 2011

"Palameta and his consort perform with breathtaking elegance. Notturna’s careful work only serves to make the music more beautiful. Janitsch’s craft becomes more impressive the more one listens."

Early Music Review (Scotland)

Brian Clark, June 2013

"Notturna produces luxurious sounds; their playing is superlative."

The Whole Note (Canada)

Michael Schwartz

"Throughout the recording Palameta’s passion for the oboe is clear. Both oboists in Notturna rise masterfully to the varied and demanding challenges of the Allegro in the C minor Sonata, opus 4. The opening bars of the Largo are at once celestial and solemn; the all-but-forgotten Janitsch is no composer of dull chamber music."

BR-Klassik (DE)

Detlef Krenge, Sept. 2018

"Die fünf Musikerinnen und Musiker des Ensembles Notturna spielen auffallend klangschöne Instrumente." - "The five musicians of Notturna play strikingly beautifully."

Early Music Review (Scotland)

D. James Ross, June 2019

"Christopher Palameta is a highly accomplished exponent of the early oboe and plays and directs Notturna with equal assurance and musicality."

Musica dei Donum (NL)

Johan van Veen, Sept. 2018

"This disc is a model of creative programming. The performances do the repertoire full justice. Palameta produces a clear and penetrating tone, and Catherine Martin is a perfect match. The balance between the two instruments is just right."

Early Music Review (Scotland)

Brian Clark, June 2013

"Throughout, each of the three voices is beautifully shaped and the lines balanced so that no one instrument dominates the sound – in fact, it is a virtuoso display of the fine art of musical dialogue."


Andrew Fawcett, June 2013

"Janitsch’s tasteful, sophisticated writing is hugely appealing and it is hard not to overstate just how sublimely pleasurable Notturna’s sound is."

Above the Clouds

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