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Choir & Organ, November 2019

The Margaretha Consort beautifully perform music for voices and viol consort from the 17th century… © 2019 Choir & Organ

William J. Gatens
American Record Guide, November 2019

There is some very impressive singing and playing by the Margaretha Consort. Worthy of special note is the spectacularly florid cornetto playing by Josue Melendez Pelaez. A few of the items are new arrangements by members of the ensemble. Some of the chorales verses are sung here congregationally. © 2019 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

James A. Altena
Fanfare, May 2019

The Margaretha Consort was founded by Baroque cellist/gambist Marit Broekroelofs in the Netherlands in 2009: Nine vocalists and eight instrumentalists combine in various configurations, with a “congregation” of 11 supplemental singers adding their voices to some of the hymn-based texts to produce a grand sound, though many of the pieces are meditative texts performed on a more intimate scale. Everyone plays and sings quite attractively, and the proceedings are rendered with both sweetness and vigor. The recorded sound is rich and spacious. © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review

Simon Thompson
MusicWeb International, December 2018

It’s well played and well sung, recorded in an acoustic that manages to flit between intimacy and grandeur, something that the Margaretha Consort’s director explain in the booklet notes. As a summation of the work of key German greats like Jacob and Michael Praetorius or Schütz, it’s a valuable enough document. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Ralph Graves
WTJU, December 2018

Marit Broekroelofs and the Margretha Consort present a fascinating program of seasonal music. There are plenty of early Baroque Christmas albums to choose from, in just about every flavor. What makes this recording stand out is the consistency of the artistic vision.

The recording is excellent. This was music for the (Protestant) church, and a church is where the ensemble recorded. The decay adds resonance without overwhelming the sound. © 2018 WTJU Read complete review

David Vernier, December 2018

Thoughtfulness, creativity, and knowledge of repertoire that promises its listeners an experience both impressive and informative.

There are many other highlights, including contributions from other vocal soloists—tenors Kevin Skelton and Carlos Monteiro, soprano Margreet Rietveld, bass Sérgio Ramos—and the combined effect of chorus and instruments in the sumptuous sounds and rich timbres exhibited in pieces such as Praetorius’ Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr and Quem Pastores. The setting of Vater unser (taken from Hassler and others), arranged by Broekroelofs and Josué Meléndez Peláez, presents an imaginative use of instrumental colors. © 2018 Read complete review

The Arts Desk, December 2018

Handsomely recorded with decent notes. © 2018 The Arts Desk

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