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Elysium Ensemble
Making its Resonus Classics debut is the Australian-based early music group the Elysium Ensemble. In a collaborative research project with the Early Music Studio at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Baroque flautist Greg Dikmans and Baroque violinist Lucinda Moon present the Sei Duetti, Op. 2 of 1759 by Johann Joachim Quantz (1697-1773).

Historically significant and engaging works these six duets for treble instruments exemplify the 'Art of Elegant Conversation', displaying high levels of craftsmanship while providing excellent examples of Quantz's intermediate position as a composer between the Baroque and Classical eras. 

'Greg Dikmans and Lucinda Moon sensibly provide listeners with some welcome aural variety by performing the duets on flute and muted violin. They are a fine team, admirably ardent advocates for Quantz, and illuminate the surprisingly musical charms of these pedagogic pieces.'
Classical Ear

Credits
© 2014 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2014 Elysium Ensemble
Catalogue No. RES10136

Executive Producers: Greg Dikmans and Adam Binks
Producer, engineer & editor: Thomas Grubb (www.manomusica.com)
Cover image: Portrait of Johann Joachim Quantz by an unknown 18th-century artist

'[These recordings] made me rediscover these works, that have too often been undervalued as dry and uninteresting compositions. I am glad that Greg Dikmans and Lucinda Moon did not take the easy superficial approach, but made the effort to take these light and charming works “seriously” enough and bring out so many different shades of colours.'
Barthold Kuijken

'Greg Dikmans and Lucinda Moon sensibly provide listeners with some welcome aural variety by performing the duets on flute and muted violin. They are a fine team, admirably ardent advocates for Quantz, and illuminate the surprisingly musical charms of these pedagogic pieces.'
Classical Ear

'The contrasting timbres of the two instruments are beautifully suited to the delicate interplay of the two parts in each duet [...] The Baroque music connoisseur looking for refined and expertly crafted performances of neglected musical gems will find this recording an unalloyed delight.'
International Record Review

'Elysium Ensemble [..] who also perform on period instruments, have employed the writings of Quantz, C.P.E. Bach and others to determine an authentic period style for the Duetti, but that doesn’t mean that the performances are stuffy [...] all concerned, performers and recording engineers, have conspired to make this an ethereal experience.'
MusicWeb International

'The delicately honed musical collaboration of flautist Greg Dikmans and violinist Lucinda Moon is evident in this splendid recording of the Quantz Sei Duetti, Op.2 [...] words cannot do justice to the beautiful phrasing, exquisite balance of the voices and refined musical ideals so ably displayed.'
Victorian Music Teachers' Association Journal (Australia)

'Dikmans and Moon form a crisp, well-balanced ensemble, their parts weaving independently at times before joining together in perfectly synchronised flourishes. The result is beautiful, engaging and far more interesting than one would expect from over an hour of flute duets.'
Flute Tutor (Australia)

Johann Joachim Quantz: Sei Duetti, Op. 2

Johann Joachim Quantz: Sei Duetti, Op. 2

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