CD Review | Calcutta 1789 (Atma Classique, 2023)

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Calcutta 1789
Notturna; Christopher Palameta, conductor
Atma Classique, 2023

As the most recent addition to its world music catalogue, Atma Classique presents Calcutta 1789: À la croisée de l’Europe et de l’Inde, by Notturna, conducted by Christopher Palameta.

A portrait of musical life in colonial India, this work illustrates early associations between Indian classical music, with its voluptuous, haunting melodies, and compositions by Purcell, Handel and J. C. Bach, among other European composers. The project highlights the complicity between the Notturna ensemble and musicians Uwe Neumann (sitar) and Shawn Mativetsky (tabla). Both Neumann and Mativetsky bring a musical depth and expertise that recalls the success of their earlier collaboration on Neumann’s Sitaria (sitar-tablas) project. The project received critical attention for its exploration of the many facets of Indian classical music, and gave rise to several concerts around the world that featured Neumann and a coterie of tabla virtuosos.

Calcutta 1789 was inspired by a 1789 concert program discovered in the Calcutta archives. It presents interesting moments of artistic and cultural exchange between Indian and English musicians brought to India by the British East India Company. A fascinating listen.

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