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Marvin J. Ward
Classical Voice of North Carolina (cvnc.org), December 2012

ITALIAN SOJOURN (AN) CDR90000-099
Chamber Music (Baroque) - SCHOP, J. / SCHMELZER, J.H. / MUFFAT, G. / KRIEGER, J.P. / BUXTEHUDE, D. / BACH, J.S. / ERLEBACH, P.H. (Trio Settecento) CDR90000-114
Chamber Music - LULLY, J.-B. / COUPERIN, F. / MARAIS, M. / REBEL, J.-F. / RAMEAU, J.-P. / LECLAIR, J.M. (A French Soiree) (Trio Settecento) CDR90000-129
ENGLISH FANCY (AN) CDR90000-135

This is the finest recorded set of historically-informed Baroque period recitals that I have ever encountered, for its selection of works, their arrangement within each program and across the series, and for the instrumentation and the simply stunning performances. © Marvin J. Ward & CVNC. Reproduced with permission. Read complete review



Peter Adams
Examiner.com, August 2010

History has not been especially kind to composers of Classical music. Either their music has been lost of forgotten on some dusty shelf. Given that the violin has existed since about 1530, written music for this instrument is quite extensive. How much of it has been recorded? Who can say for sure. As a result, finding priceless gems to perform upon the violin is a matter of luck, skill, and knowledge. One category that is being explored by Trio Settecento is the trio sonata for solo violin and continuo. A recent CD issued by Cedille records (CDR 90000 114) and titled “A German Bouquet” is a sampling of some of these gems. Composers like Johann Schop, and Johann Philipp Krieger are found on this CD along with better-known composers like Dietrich Buxtehude and J.S. Bach. As such, the CD provides an overview of music for the solo violin from about the beginning of the Baroque to its end.

Rachel Barton Pine performs flawlessly some very difficult music on an unaltered Baroque violin made by Nicola Gagliano, Italy, 1770. The continuo part (actually a viola da gamba and keyboard) are also well performed by John Mark Rozendaal playing viola da gamba made by William Turner, London, 1650, and David Schrader playing harpsichord made by William Martin, Bethlehem, PA, 1977 or positiv organ made by Gerrit Klop, Netherlands. Given that these instrument have different ranges of volume, the recording artist for this CD must be given credit for a difficult job recording these instruments...Additionally, the liner notes for Cedille’s CD are well researched and thoughtfully written. This CD is best listened to with a good glass of wine and a cozy chair after a stressful day.



Greg Cahill
Strings Magazine, February 2010

The works of lesser-known German Baroque composers—and a bit of Bach—are the order of the day for Trio Settecento: violinist Rachel Barton Pine, viola da gambist/cellist John Mark Rozendaal, and harpsichordist David Schrader (also playing positiv organ).

In addition to Bach, the mostly 17th and 18th-century composers on this companion to the trio’s critically acclaimed recording An Italian Sojourn also includes Schop, Muffat, Krieger, Erlebach, Pisendel, and Buxtehude. This musical journey preesents a glimpse at the way Baroque music evolved in Germany, sometimes in the shadow of such mighty non-German composers as Vivaldi and Lully Indeed, some of the works, including those by Erlebach and Pisendel, are highly influenced by Italian and even French contemporaries. The music is lovely, and the playing exceptional, though the individual works are not always memorable. Still, it’s a pleasant trek along a road less traveled.

This 24-bit audiophile CD, recorded at Nichols Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago, has a live and lively feel.




Peter Loewen
American Record Guide, January 2010

The quality of the music here is matched by the talent of the musicians. They cover the range of emotions required by each piece with incredible ease. The music allows Rachel Barton Pine’s virtuosity to shine most brightly, of course, but the cello or viol and keyboard playing is also at a very high level. In fact, I think the best moments occur when the string instruments form a partnership.

To read the complete review, please visit American Record Guide online.






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