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Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, June 2014

Royal Recorder Concertos - Music from the Court of King Frederick IV is the title of a splendid SACD that features recorder virtuoso Billeted Robed assisted by the Polish chamber ensemble Carte Deer Sonata. The program features music performed in Denmark during the Baroque era. Elegant playing and the original instrument sound will delight those who relish this authentic approach to Baroque music. The recording is remarkably close-up and resonant. Recommended! © 2014 ClassicalCDReview.com



Peter Loewen
American Record Guide, May 2014

Bolette Roed claims most of the attention for her astute recorder playing. She appears at home in the demanding passages of the fast movements and the expressive requirements of the slow ones. The players of Arte Dei Suonatori contribute sensitivity to national style. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, March 2014

Arte dei Suonatori is a Polish ensemble. Their contribution features lively rhythms and light textures—all the better not to bury Bolette Roed’s instrument. As for Roed…she has excellent control over her difficult instrument, and makes many a pleasant and intriguing sound. I’m not sure how “royal” these concertos truly are, but if you give them your attention, the performers will make you feel like a king. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Alison Melville
The WholeNote, January 2014

…this disc shines a provocative light on uncommon repertoire and makes a refreshing addition to recorder music available on CD. On a more personal note, this delightful collaboration between the excellent Danish recorder player Bolette Roed and Polish ensemble Arte dei Suonatori had me smiling and humming along from its first note to its last.

The performances offer much variety of mood and colour, and thoughtful attention to details in the original scores provides a springboard to refined and imaginative interpretation. The instrumental balance is good, the booklet notes are excellent and the packaging is quite beautiful. Way to go, Denmark! © 2014 The WholeNote Read complete review



Johan van Veen
MusicWeb International, November 2013

This disc is devoted to the music scene in Denmark and in particular in Copenhagen during the first half of the 18th century.

I had heard Bolette Roed only in recorded performances on various radio stations available over the internet. This disc was a most pleasant way to get to know her better. Her style of playing is flexible and relaxed, and she produces a warm yet clear sound. The cooperation with Arte dei Suonatori, known for its engaging performances, is quite successful…this disc will be an attractive proposition to all lovers of the recorder. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2013

With the generous patronage of King Frederik IV, who lived at the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries, many eminent European musicians came to work in Denmark. This new release, ‘Royal Recorder Concertos’, presents some of the compositions written for the court orchestra…the Overture for Recorder…falls easily under the nimble fingers of the young Danish virtuoso, Bolette Roed, though it is the Arte Dei Suonatori, who have the most taxing role, their finale full of vivacity. I enjoyed rather more his F major Recorder Concerto, which, from the outset, gives Roed a solo role. It also has a melodic content that latches readily into your memory, the second movement, for plucked strings, offering the most engaging music. Again the orchestra have to match Roed’s agility in the finale, their solo and combined intonation so clean cut. The sound is nicely balanced. © David’s Review Corner





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