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Notturna

Notturna

Notturna is a Montreal-based ensemble dedicated to the performance of early music written especially for wind instruments. The members of the ensemble are all distinguished performers who specialise in historical performance practise from the 18th and 19th centuries.



Directed by oboist Christopher Palameta, Notturna was a finalist at the 2007 International Historical Wind Instruments Competition in Antwerp, Belgium. The ensemble has recorded chamber recitals for television broadcast on Bravo and their concerts are often broadcast by Radio-Canada. A guest at the 2008 Festival Montreal Baroque, in 2009 the ensemble also participated at the Festival international de musique baroque de Lameque as well as the Montreal Highlights Festival.

Notturna draws on the transparency and expressiveness of early wind instruments to paint fresh pictures of an unexplored historical repertoire. Since its inception, the ensemble has cultivated a unique rapport with the Berlin composer Johann Gottlieb Janitsch.