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Laurence Vittes
The Huffington Post, September 2014

Salzburg’s magnificent Mannerist pleasure palace at Hellbrunn provides evocative settings for brilliant performances of rarely-performed works from the French-style baroque repertoire. Nothing like hearing Robert de Visée’s Overture for the Grotto of Versailles in a grotto. © 2014 The Huffington Post Read complete review

Ian Lace
MusicWeb International, September 2013

Rameau’s style will be familiar and his music presented here is the most satisfying in this programme for its melodies and harmonies. His richly harmonised and ornamented keyboard pieces—Le Forqueray; the mournful La Cupis and the cheery La Marais…have charm and eloquence. Telemann’s Chaconne du “Quatuor Parisien” has a leisurely stateliness.

Of the remaining works, I warmed most to Robert de Visée’s La Grotte de Versailles. It features Luca Pianca’s exquisite lute-playing. The relaxing central Musette has an almost hypnotic lullaby quality.

An adventurous French Baroque programme that should appeal to devotees of the genre. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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