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Jane Shuttleworth
Early Music Review, June 2014

The Wayward Sisters, using strings and a single recorder, bring a distinctive freshness to their recording of Locke’s suites…The elegant flourishes of Anne Timberlake’s unfussy recorder playing give a carefree sense of improvisation, particularly in the fantasia movements, and the contrasting instrumental timbres bring clarity to each individual line. This lively CD is an excellent introduction to Locke’s music. © 2014 Early Music Review



Julie Anne Sadie
Gramophone, June 2014

…the Wayward Sisters immediately impress with their evident rapport.

…there is much to admire, not least the elegance they bring to the G minor Suite and the irrepressible joie de vivre that characterises the Sarabandes, Hornpipe and Country Dance. I look forward to their next release. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




WQXR (New York), April 2014

It is gentle music, intimate, intricate and intended to be enjoyed by the players and small groups of friends. This recording is the debut release of Wayward Sisters, whose name, according to their biography, “refers not only to Henry Purcell’s vivid conjuring of Shakespeare’s witches, but to the group members’ far-flung lives and continuing commitment to making music together.” © 2014 WQXR (New York)



David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2014

Turn the clock back to the 17th century and music was flourishing in England before the arrival of Purcell, Matthew Locke being among its major composers. Among his considerable portfolio were two volumes of suites called The Broken Consort…the result was a group of four-movement suites which all too easily become recorder concertos with string backing. Refreshing music, strong in melodic invention and characterised by the feel of the dance. The disc is completed by two extended suites in eight movements that formed part of a published collection of works by various composers. By 17th century standards they would have all been technically challenging scores, particularly testing the agility of the recorder. The performances here come from the Wayward Sisters…the performances are commendable; string intonation is reliable, and there is a very active theorbo from John Lenti. Nice recording… © 2014 David’s Review Corner






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