, December 2012
…it takes an interpreter of particular ability, well versed in the notational and performance practices of the time to successfully render Froberger’s keyboard works into a satisfying amalgam of the various national styles. In this, Ms. Rotaru excels, perhaps beyond the boundaries set by some of her notable predecessors. Partitas and Partita…provide much assistance and guidance in performance practice, it is ultimately up to the performer to combine these elements into a satisfying musical whole. Rotaru also demonstrates a flawless technique, but not in such a way as to draw attention to itself at the expense of the music.
…Ms. Rotaru’s performance …clearly emerges as an accomplished master in rendering Froberger’s oeuvre into a readily digestible and enjoyable whole.
In the Tombeau, Rotaru uses the sonorous lower register of her instrument to good advantage for the various pedal points and maintains the subtle tension inherent in the piece throughout. She also repeats the second section, which appears to be at variance with the score…but it does add a certain symmetry given the indicated repeat for the first section.
Rotaru plays the second Suite with great freedom and finesse, as appropriate: deftly using agogic accents in the Allemande, playful in the Gigue, flowing wonderfully in the Courante and stately in the Sarabande without being ponderous.
Ms. Rotaru plays on a visually and aurally gorgeous Ruckers harpsichord…It has a wonderfully resonant lower register, and I cannot think of a more appropriate instrument for these works.
As to the particular incarnation of these impressive recorded renderings, the CD comes packaged in a space-saving cardboard folder in which the CD slides inside the left “cover”. There are detailed notes on Froberger and on the relevant recorded pieces. These are by Wolfgang Kostujak, with whom Rotaru also studied. Production values are high.
If you have any interest in Froberger or the innovations he provided to the keyboard music of his time you should audition and acquire this disc. The rewards are endless. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review