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This debut recording by The Denner Ensemble (oboe, recorders, violin, bassoon and harpsichord) has the air of a showcase rather than a commercial release. That isn’t to say it isn’t worth acquiring by keen baroque spotters (the playing is sprightly and pleasing in spite of a few awkward intonational moments and there is some superb playing from violinist Ben Samson). But the programming is rather incoherent, ranging across Philidor and Fasch, Lalande and Telemann. Consequently, the disc doesn’t entirely succeed as a recital programme or as a conceptual disc. Items where the work is conceived for unequal upper voices – the chaconne from Lully’s Cadmus et Hermione – are far more successful than those conceived for equal ones, such as Rebel’s Les Caractères de la Danse where the Denners’ unequal blend and imitation is problematic. The presentation is excellent.

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