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Chamber Music - Released April 26, 2019 | Audax Records

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Ensemble Diderot continues to explore the development and dissemination of the trio sonata in baroque Europe with this exciting new release. Entirely dedicated to works from the era after Lully’s death, this album celebrates the newly found freedom at the time when composers started to combine French style with transalpine ardour. Johannes Pramsohler and his musicians bring their usual precision, passion and energy to this programme packed with new discoveries. © Audax
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Chamber Music - Released October 14, 2016 | Audax Records

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Chamber Music - Released January 12, 2015 | Audax Records

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Classical - Released September 25, 2015 | Audax Records

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Classical - Released February 23, 2018 | Audax Records

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In 18th Century France, a number of new composers developed "pure music" in a broader sense, and not just music for human voice, with religious works on the one hand and lyrical works on the other. These new works were first and foremost intended for great enthusiasts, in particular for salon harpsichord players. Hence the title "pieces for harpsichord with violin accompaniment", because, strictly speaking, one could do away with the violin part, which in any case doesn't represent a virtuoso level of difficulty. The result, of course, is that the harpsichord is not a simple continuo but beautifully written as harpsichord music, much closer to a virtuoso piece - but an amateur harpsichordist of middling ability will always be able to manage, where as an amateur violinist of an equivalent level would only be able to produce the most frightful screeches from their instrument! All the composers here were born between 1705 and 1720, and died between 1770 and 1799 – some long after Mozart. When in 1740 he published his Pièces de clavecin en sonates avec accompagnement de violon, Mondonville was a forerunner – even Rameau's Pièces de clavecin en concert dates from the following year, even though Rameau was Mondonville's senior by some years. In 1742, Corrette followed suit with his own Sonates pour le clavecin avec accompagnement de violon; the following year, Clément would publish his Sonates en trio pour un clavecin et un violon – the violin part is clearly more developed here than it was in his predecessors' works. In 1745, Guillemain raised the bar a fair way with Pièces de clavecin avec accompagnement de violon in which the violin, in a rather Italian style, became indispensable and is far from being a mere accompaniment (an editor's ploy to make the score more attractive to amateurs?) while the harpsichord part becomes almost virtuoso. In 1747, it was Marchand's turn with his Pièces de clavecin avec accompagnement de violon, hautbois, violoncelle ou viole : the composer is leaving no stone unturned! In 1748, Balbastre stepped up to the chamber music plate, and the fashion was solidly anchored. The last name on our list is Duphly, whose Troisième livre de clavecin offered the option of adding a violin part, probably aimed at amateurs of a wide range of abilities. Harpsichordist Philippe Grisvard is no stranger to the Poème Harmonique, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Nouveaux Caractères and a long list of other great baroque and classical ensembles from across the globe; while violinist Johannes Pramsohler founded the Diderot Ensemble in 2008, and exercises his talents as the solo violinist of the King’s Consort, the Concert d’Astrée and the baroque ensemble Concerto Melante which came from d'Astrée. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released April 26, 2019 | Audax Records

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Five years after their celebrated Dresden Album, Johannes Pramsohler and his colleagues of Ensemble Diderot continue their journey exploring the trio sonata in baroque Europe with a programme dedicated to works from Purcell’s London. Through a combination of well-known works and world premieres they show how English composers used the new Italian form as a vehicle for their creative output and how easily foreign composers picked up the English idiom to create chamber music that could hardly be more profound and expressive. © Audax
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Classical - Released September 12, 2014 | Audax Records

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Cantatas (sacred) - Released April 20, 2018 | Audax Records

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Continuing their research into the vast hinterland of German cantatas from the early baroque period, Johannes Pramsohler and the musicians of his excellent Diderot Ensemble here dive into the austere and strange music of Biber, but also the less-well-known works of Johann Christoph Bach, great uncle of Johann Sebastian and musicians like Pachelbel, Bruhns and Eberlin. Johannes Pramsohler brings a particular fire and mystical sensuality to this new album (heavenly and earthly delights never being so far apart), and intense celestial flights to his violin playing. A range of international singers have left behind opera and dived with staggering ease into a completely different repertoire. The architects of this success, the supply and airy voice of the Canadian mezzo Andrea Hill, the perfectly gloomy timbre of Spanish tenor Jorge Navarro Colorado and the dark colours of the Argentine bass Nahuel di Pierro, sound the depths of this music driven by a great piety. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released May 15, 2020 | Audax Records

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After an intensive and thorough exploration of rather unknown repertoire, Ensemble Diderot presents here one of the summits of French chamber music from the 18th century. Inspired by their vast knowledge of the trio sonata genre, the creative musicians around Johannes Pramsohler assess Leclair's masterpiece completely anew and deliver their most mature recording so far. Six gemstones, polished by four of the most interesting minds in the Early Music scene. © Audax Records
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Classical - Released March 6, 2020 | Audax Records

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The history of art, and particularly that of music, is populated by injustices and "little masters" whose talent found little recognition for lack of performers and media coverage. This is an album that will please curious music lovers, who want something more than re-hashing the works of the same composers over and over again. Like Robert and Clara in the 19th century, here we have Robert and Helen in the following century. Winner of the Grand Prix de Rome in 1924, Robert Dussaut was a pure product of the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied with masters such as Widor, D'Indy and Henri Büsser. Later becoming a teacher himself, he was also a violinist in the Opera Orchestra. An artist with a keen analytical mind, Dussaut was also an acoustician, author of several technical works on the musical phenomenon. He left behind a catalogue of melodies, five operas, and chamber and symphonic music. Hélène Covatti, his wife, was born in Athens before coming to study in Paris where she was congratulated by Arthur Honegger. In particular, she composed two cycles of melodies that were performed on French radio shortly before the war. This recording is the result of the wisdom of pianist and conductor Iñaki Encina Oyón, a former pupil of Thérèse Dussaut, the daughter of the forgotten couple. Enthused by the harmonic and musical quality of the two composers' melodies, he was able to persuade young Guatemalan singer Adriana González to make this complete recording. The tutelary shadows of Massenet, Fauré or Ravel sometimes sneak into these refined and often melancholic pages. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released January 31, 2020 | Audax Records

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Pieter Hellendaal was one of the star violinists who - like Geminiani and Veracini - appeared as a soloist during the intermissions of Handel’s operas in London. Exploring Hellendaal’s sonata manuscript in Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, Johannes Pramsohler brings to light a composer firmly rooted in the Corellian tradition, yet reminiscent of his teacher Tartini in his melodic invention and of Locatelli in his stunningly virtuosic cadenzas. © Audax Records
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Classical - Released October 11, 2019 | Audax Records

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Classical - Released September 20, 2019 | Audax Records

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Classical - Released November 8, 2019 | Audax Records

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One of today’s most sought-after operatic basses explores his South American roots and presents a unique album of Argentinian tangos, milongas, and waltzes. Performed in their most authentic form – accompanied solely on guitars – by living legends, they take us back to the Buenos Aires of the early 20th century, the golden age of tango. “With this album, I honour the music of my hometown, the song of my roots, which, from the mouths of my parents and grandparents, forged my identity as a singer and my love of music”. © Audax Records
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Classical - Released May 6, 2016 | Audax Records

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Duets - Released March 1, 2019 | Audax Records

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"The clean, lyrical virtuosity from Johannes Pramsohler is of the kind that begs you to simply sit back and soak it all up." – Gramophone "Pramsohler’s assured technique and musicianship are impressive". - The Strad For over ten years, Ensemble Diderot has been known for captivating interpretations of largely unknown repertoire. For five years, the creative group around Johannes Pramsohler has had its own label, Audax Records, and consequently an artistic platform for the development of projects that are not subservient to commercial criteria. The two violinists of Ensemble Diderot present here a striking programme of works for two violins without bass, some of which are premiere recordings. Get a fascinating insight into the champions league of violinists in mid 18th century France and discover works of rare beauty outside of the two famous Leclair collections: Italian virtuosity combined with French elegance! © Audax Records
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Classical - Released October 20, 2017 | Audax Records

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Duets - Released March 30, 2015 | Audax Records

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Classical - Released October 18, 2013 | Audax Records

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Classical - Released October 19, 2018 | Audax Records

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