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Duets - Released January 26, 2018 | Mirare

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - 4F de Télérama
The Hantaï brothers – Marc on traverso and Pierre on the harpsichord – give us here everything Bach “really” composed for flute and harpsichord, as some possible falsely attributed works are not featured here. Compared to the violin – which counts six sonatas and partitas for solo violin and six sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord – the transverse flute may look like the forgotten sibling in the Kantor’s works. But at the time the transverse flute was still a very recent instrument, that had just come (back) from France (where it was called the “German flute”) and Bach only started using it in his cantatas around 1721-1722, and therefore only had a very limited dedicated repertoire. These four sonatas are anything but a collection. Two are missing to reach the sacred number of six. Furthermore, they were composed over a period of twenty years. And while one may be tempted to confer them the balance and symmetry desired by the arranger – two sonatas with obbligato harpsichord (BWV1034 and 1035), two with basso continuo (1030 and 1032), two in minor, two in major, two in three movements, two in four, two in E, and two fifths ascending or descending from this central E, etc. –, all of it might be merely fortuitous; they are rather a “blended” family. However these works for flute have in common the fact of being clouded by great uncertainty – whether it is about their chronology, the date of composition, the intended recipient, their form, their main instrumentation, their creation… So all is left for the listener is to experience them, performed here on a flute made by Joannes Hyacinth Rottenburgh (first half of the 18th century) from Brussels, and a harpsichord after Mietke (Berlin) made in 1702. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released November 10, 2016 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama
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Classical - Released April 15, 2016 | La Dolce Volta

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica - Exceptional sound
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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released October 6, 2014 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica
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Classical - Released September 11, 2012 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Hi-Res Audio
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Chamber Music - Released March 11, 2011 | harmonia mundi

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - Choc du Monde de la Musique - 4F de Télérama
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Classical - Released September 2, 2008 | Mirare

Distinctions 4F de Télérama
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Cantatas (sacred) - Released July 31, 2007 | harmonia mundi

Distinctions Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or - Choc du Monde de la Musique - 4F de Télérama
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Chamber Music - Released November 21, 2003 | Mirare

Distinctions Diapason d'or - 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica
Beautifully packaged, warmly recorded, and stylishly played, Pierre Hantai's performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations are everywhere very good but nowhere quite great. Hantai's technique is superb, with wonderful articulation and a lovely sense of phrasing, and he's clearly thought through his interpretation. Each variation is well characterized, the canons are clear and lucid, and Hantai shapes the whole work as a series of structural arcs climaxing in the catharsis and release of the final variations and the theme's return. But as fine as Hantai's performance is, it never quite touches the infinite. The performance is brilliantly performed, but it does not plumb the intellectual, emotional, or spiritual depths of the music. Hantai's performance convinces, but it does not compel.
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Chamber Music - Released November 28, 2002 | Mirare

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