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Benjamin Katz
American Record Guide, September 2013

It is a privilege to hear these works for the first time. Akutagawa should be commended for her fine performance and for her advocacy. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Byzantion
MusicWeb International, May 2013

This is Naoko Akutagawa’s fifth disc for Naxos…Critical assessment of her playing has always been positive, and rightly so: here too she is reassuringly confident and expressive, as well as galvanically virtuosic.

Sound quality is very good too. The period reproduction harpsichord has a quiet mechanism and an earthy masculine tone which, in Akutagawa’s poetic hands, even seems amenable to a range of dynamic shadings. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2013

Gottlieb Muffat was the youngest of Georg Muffat’s sons, and though his brothers became musicians, Gottlieb can be regarded as the successor to his famous father. The disc’s accompanying booklet relates his prosperous career in Vienna where he entered the Royal Court as organist and teacher. As a composer we have few details, though it is believed that his output was mainly for keyboard. The present disc contains four of his surviving works, and includes the impressive First Componimenti Musicali, a score in eight movements mostly in dance rhythm, often quite impressively ornamented, the opening Ouverture setting the scene of complexity, while the finale stokes up considerable brilliance and requires considerable dexterity. Like his father he wrote in both the German and French style, which is probably the reason we have the Parthie Parisien, though in musical content you may be hard pressed to differentiate between these two major scores. The disc rightfully begins with the most attractive material—the Parthie in D minor—the music a perfect mix of brilliance and relaxed charm. Completing the disc is a very potent Ciaconna and variations. I have written with considerable enthusiasm on Naoko Akutagawa’s previous Naxos discs, and here her technique, clarity and feel for the period is again immaculate. Her harpsichord—I do wish the booklet would have told us more about the instrument being used—has a nice pungency and good weight in the lower octave. Good sound with the minimum of instrument action. © David’s Review Corner






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