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Todd Gorman
American Record Guide, January 2014

Mary Oleskiewicz…has excellent breath control, intonation, technique, and sense of period style…Concerto Armonico…play very well…The sound and the balances are excellent.© 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Kelly Nivison
Early Music America, December 2013

The musicians of the Hungarian orchestra do an impeccable job of staying light and mirroring the lovely musical nuance of Oleskiewicz throughout the performances of all of the concerti, allowing the flute to shine through. The fine technique and musicality of Oleskiewicz, coupled with the delightful rarity of hearing these concerti, make this CD one that should be at the top of everyone’s acquisition list. © Early Music America



Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, September 2013

The scholarship and artistry on display here are first-rate. Everyone plays on period instruments; the continuo switches from harpsichord to fortepiano for the later works.

…the disc makes fascinating, stimulating listening.

Mary Oleskiewicz has it all: she’s a skilled writer in the booklet, she’s an avid scholar who besides digging up some of this music has published critical editions of Quantz’s chamber music, and her playing on the transverse flute is pretty fantastic, too. Miklós Spányi and his Concerto Armonico will be a familiar sign of high quality to lovers of the CPE Bach series on BIS. Actually, if you like CPE Bach, you’re sure to enjoy this; the two composers share a niche as eccentric, colorful bridges between the baroque and classical eras.

We can only hope that this is the beginning of a series, or that some of the other musicological work Oleskiewicz is up to will be committed to disc similarly. My ears would be happy to hear it. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Andy Fawcett
Audiophilia, September 2013

Quantz’s music, as performed here, has a grace and elegance that is utterly charming and perfectly in tune with the special sonority of a flute backed by strings…The small but authentically-proportioned Concerto Armonico specialise in the music of Frederick’s Berlin court and their effortlessly accomplished playing is served by an equally fine recording, the flute captured with especial transparency. © 2013 Audiophilia Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2013

Though Johann Quantz wrote almost five hundred flute sonatas and concertos, we know little of this early 18th-century flautist, composer and instrument maker. Born in Germany in 1697, he became the court musician to Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, himself a flautist of ability. That accounts for the volume of composition which, no doubt, the King would perform at private concerts, probably with members of the court orchestra. It is reasonably certain that the contents of this disc were composed for that purpose, Frederick completing the C minor concerto after the composer’s death. If we regard them as being ‘in the style’ of Vivaldi, you will have some idea of the content, Quantz having visited Italy where he would undoubtedly have been influenced by the music he heard there. Originals and copies of the music become scattered around Europe, some thought lost, and it is much due to the persistence of the present soloist, Mary Oleskiewicz, that they have again seen the light of day. She now offers the first recorded performance playing a Baroque Transverse Flute copied from an instrument made for Frederick the Great. She is accompanied by a chamber orchestra of strings with bassoon and keyboard, as was believed to have been used at the royal court. Each concerto is substantial in length for that period, all being in the conventional fast - slow - fast format, the writing often quite taxing within the limitations of the Baroque instrument, and show just how talented Frederick must have been. So, without making exaggerated claims, we have a group of pieces that would stand favourably in comparison with any concerto of that period, in very pleasing performances. Extremely fine sound from Naxos’s long-standing Hungarian recording team. © 2013 David’s Review Corner






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