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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, November 2012

Bernard Jacobson reviewed both Lamon’s with strings and Pinnock’s no-strings releases in a double-header entry in Fanfare 21:5, offering a very favorable opinion of the Lamon with the Toronto-based Tafelmusik as “one of the best among those that offer the version of the work with strings.”

…I’ve rarely encountered playing on period winds and brass that sounds this solid, secure, and free of intonation mishaps. For all intents and purposes, the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra sounds like a modern-instrument ensemble, which, from my perspective, is a good thing.

This is a wonderful disc, and not just for Handel lovers. The music is invigorating, splendidly performed, and exceptionally well recorded. I recommend it to everyone. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review



David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, May 2012

The real virtues of this recording lie in the excellent performances of the three Concerti a Due Cori. They are fun pieces, and Jeanne Lamon directs warm, vivacious readings with particularly infectious contributions from the winds. One of the most appealing things about Tafelmusik is that they give you all of the benefits of period sound while preserving a warm basic string sonority and a rich, nicely “fruity” wind tone. Also, the continuo parts don’t overpower everyone else, turning the music into a de facto, pseudo-concerto for harpsichord, and intonation is unusually precise. The result invariably falls gratefully on the ear. © 2012 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review






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