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Todd Gorman
American Record Guide, November 2015

This recording was made at a church in Copenhagen. The beauty of the sound adds still more value to this superb program played by two of the world’s greatest musicians. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, July 2015

This music works perfectly well when it is played by a recorder and a harpsichord. The performances are less sober than those by the most direct competition… Esfahani is an enthusiastic and stylish embellisher, and Petri is like-minded.

These dancing, blithely tuneful performances give great pleasure, and are easily recommended. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Henry Fogel
Fanfare, March 2015

Now, at 56, [Petri] still sounds as fresh, imaginative, and accurate as she was when she was a young virtuoso first establishing the recorder with the general public as an instrument to be taken seriously.

Her tone is sharply focused but always appealing, with a roundness surrounding its pointed center. She and Esfahani bring an extraordinarily lively rhythmic flair to this music, clearly reveling in its dance roots. Petri’s virtuosity is always placed at the service of the music; no matter how complex the ornamentation, you never have the feeling that it is there for purely display purposes. The musical shape of each movement is always maintained. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Ronald E. Grames
Fanfare, March 2015

…these performances are an exhilarating experience: an Olympic event of music-making and a meeting of two remarkable musicians in repertoire seemingly created to exhibit their particular talents. It is hard not to be mesmerized by the imagination and creativity with which Esfahani shapes and embroiders the basso continuo part, and by the variety of tone and attack which he is capable of applying to its execution. And Petri, who has always impressed, but especially for her purity of tone and precision of execution, seems afire here with improvisatory zeal. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, February 2015

Danish recorder player Michala Petri and Iranian-born harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani collaborate in the most appealing way to let the listener experience the beauty of Corelli’s sonatas. Petri’s singing sound is marvelous, and together with Esfahani she takes full advantage of the work’s opportunities for supple phrasing and added embellishments. © 2015 Pizzicato




Paul Riley
BBC Music Magazine, February 2015

Not since Richard Egarr teamed up with Andrew Manze has Op. 5 enjoyed such vivacious and inventive continuo realisation © 2015 BBC Music Magazine



Kevin Bryan
Croydon Advertiser, January 2015

Danish recorder virtuoso Michala Petri is in typically fluent and expressive form in this splendid recital of works by Italian Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli. The recorder enjoyed a much higher public profile when these pieces were first transcribed in the eighteenth century, and Petri is aided and abetted in her efforts to restore some well deserved credibility to this often derided instrument by the invaluable support of harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani. © 2015 Croydon Advertiser




Julie Anne Sadie
Gramophone, January 2015

Collaboration of a very superior kind from two musicians whose mastery of their respective instruments is a sheer joy to hear. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Michael Jameson
International Record Review, December 2014

…look no further than Petri’s and Esfahani’s immaculately played and diligently prepared new accounts, which seem in every way the last word in tasteful and elegant musicianship, with a magical recording to boot. © 2014 International Record Review



Bruce Reader
The Classical Reviewer, November 2014

Michala Petri and Mahan Esfahani open with the Sonata in G minor, Op. 5, No. 12, ‘La Follia’, perhaps Corelli’s most famous piece. This receives a particularly lovely performance, opening with Petri’s pure toned recorder around which Esfahani provides some lovely fluent decorative chords… Their tempi are spot on with some beautifully languid slow passages that perfectly offset the more dynamic moments. A terrific performance.

These players make an absolutely terrific duo in transcriptions that seem to fall so naturally to these instruments. The very fine recording from Garnisonskirken, Copenhagen, Denmark gives a nice acoustic around the players whilst retaining detail and clarity. …a release that is an absolute delight. © 2015 The Classical Reviewer Read complete review





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