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Margareth Rees
The Consort: Journal of the Dolmetch Foundation, June 2012

This engaging programme explores repertoire far beyond the regions normally inhabited by the baroque recorder, and Michala Petri’s fine playing is so sensitively supported by the creative accompaniment of Lars Hannibal… © 2012 The Consort: Journal of the Dolmetch Foundation

Paul Fowles
Classical Guitar, April 2012

…I could hardly fail to be wowed by the sheer brilliance displayed by Michala Petri in the Vitali and elsewhere. And although Lars Hannibal’s role is, by nature of his chosen instrument, that of accompanist, the range of textures emerging from a magnificent Paul Thomson archlute he proudly brandishes on the cover is extraordinary. For every routine series of block chord backdrops, there’s a full-on active bass-line of the type Hannibal provides for the much of the central Allegro in The Devil’s Trill.

…RV 59 is a wonderfully engaging baroque middleweight, whoever wrote it. © 2012 Classical Guitar Magazine

Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, March 2012

Petri’s playing is so riveting one could listen to her play anything and make music of the gods out of it. The combination of recorder and archlute lends a timeless quality to these performances that transports this listener into the intimate setting of an 18th-century drawing room, and the SACD recording enhances that ambiance. Petri makes these pieces her own, whether they belong to the recorder or not. So just listen and enjoy. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare

Maria Nockin
Fanfare, March 2012

This disc presents some of the most beautiful and most intricate music of the Baroque era…the artists on this CD play an intricate decorated version that no amateur is likely ever to attempt. Needless to say, it charms the ear.

…the best-known works on this disc are the Corelli La Folia and the Tartini “Devil’s Trill” Sonata. Both are played with intelligence and precision…Petri plays all the lustrous silvery decorations that illuminate the background provided by Hannibal’s lute. The disc finale is Handel’s B♭-Major Sonata, with its memorable songlike base.

It’s a beautiful program and every bit of it is magnificently rendered. The balance between the instruments is excellent and the sound gives the feeling of a fine, small concert hall. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare

Dominy Clements
MusicWeb International, February 2012

Fans of Michala Petri will need little persuading to acquire this disc…he highly virtuoso playing of Michala Petri soars unrestrained over lightly plucked harmonies.

This is a fine disc which will provide great pleasure to recorder fans, showing us all the standards to which we humble amateurs can merely aspire. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Rick Anderson
Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist, February 2012

Wife-and-husband duo Michala Petri (recorder) and Lars Hannibal (archlute) present here a winning program… Petri’s virtuosity is legendary, and over the course of a 40-year career she has lost not a step. Hannibal is an equally skillful accompanist, and the program is a delight. © 2012 Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist Read complete review

Southern California Early Music Society Newsletter, December 2011

Petri-Hannibal have recorded their most popular Baroque hits…The playing is ravishing, the sound is almost decadently intimate. © 2011 Southern California Early Music Society Newsletter

James Manheim, November 2011

This release by Danish recorder virtuosa Michala Petri has a couple of points of interest for those looking for a fun introduction to the world of Baroque recorder music. …the biggest attraction is the playing of Michala Petri herself. There are lots of young players with inventive ideas in the recorder repertory, but few that could handle the crushing transcription of Tartini’s “Devil’s Trill” sonata on offer here, and few capable of the mixture of tonal control and musicality that she manages throughout. The accompaniment is provided by the solo archlute of Lars Hannibal, a nice change from the usual keyboards and a richly resonant sound that defines a large musical space when paired with a recorder in its upper reaches. This in turn is captured effectively in the engineering of producer Preben Iwan in the OUR Recordings studio in Copenhagen. An unusually satisfying collection of recorder music even for those who think they don’t like the recorder. Read complete review

John Sunier
Audiophile Audition, November 2011

instruments on the soundstage are outstanding. © 2011 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

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