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Craig Zeichner
Fanfare, December 2001

"The performances by the singers of Consortium Carissimi are solid if not revelatory. There are occasional lapses in articulation and, at times, excessive use of vibrato, but not enough to diminish the overall excellence of the program. The instrumental accompaniment-gamba, violone, organ, and theorbo-is suitably reserved but never lacking character. All in all, this is a good recording well worth your attention, especially at its budget price."

Fabrice Fitch
Gramophone, October 2001

"As to the performances, they are serviceable and heartfelt."

George Pratt
BBC Music Magazine, August 2001

"The three male voices are refreshingly uncluttered, virtually undisturbed by vibrato, with impeccable intonation. Particularly striking is the tenor taking on an alto role with a light 'haute-contre' quality. Instrumental continuo is similarly colorful, ringing the changes of theorbo, organ and harpsichord."

David Vernier, May 2001

"Certain composers get all the attention, and Giacomo Carissimi isn't one of them. The 17th century Italian (1605-74) served as maestro di cappella in a couple of Roman churches and wrote vast quantities of music, including sacred motets, masses, and oratorios in addition to more than 100 secular cantatas. ...The three male singers of The Consortium Carissimi have exceptionally strong, resonant voices that they use to maximum expressive effect, and their accompanying partners on theorbo, gamba, violone, organ, and harpsichord fully satisfy a supportive role as well as adding color and flavor to the sound. A quick glance is all that's required to notice that Carissimi is next to totally ignored in the CD catalog, and indeed one of this recording's greatest benefits is its recognition of the work of a worthy early Baroque composer who, even though his own music does not hold high esteem today, was revered in his own time and whose teaching influenced many composers (A. Scarlatti, Charpentier) and contemporary performers. The sound gives clear and dynamic presence to voices and instruments, all of which is well balanced, if just a little too close and resonant for my taste. Full texts and translations are provided along with useful information regarding the manuscripts used in these performances."

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