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James A. Altena
Fanfare, January 2012

Daniel Rothert…plays with sweet, beguiling, liquid tone, and the most rapid passagework holds no terrors for his agile tongue and fingers. Keith Haugsand and Vanessa Young provide vital and skilled support in the continuo parts, and the recorded sound is fine. …all lovers of recorder music should snap this up forthwith. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare

WETA, September 2011

the eight recorder sonatas on this new release from Naxos are delightful Baroque gems, much influenced by the Op. 5 violin sonatas of Arcangelo Corelli.

David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2011

Few details of the life of Jean Baptiste Loeillet de Gant have been passed down, yet his recorder sonatas have become embedded in the instrument’s repertoire. He was baptized in Ghent in 1688 and took the name of Loeillet de Gant to distinguish him from other similar named members of his family. Maybe a recorder player of merit, forty-eight sonatas for the instrument have survived, eight of which appear on this excellently played disc. In style they belong to a mix of French and Italian music, the soloist’s programme notes speaking of a similarity with the violin sonatas of Corelli, and it is possible Loeillet would have known of them. Each work is constructed from several short movements alternating between fast and slow, the sixth of his opus 1 the most extended with its six movements. A dance description is often used, as in the vivacious Gavotta that ends the third of opus 1, or the bouncy Giga that concludes the Fifth of opus 3. Playing various members of the recorder family, the German-born, Daniel Rothert, has spent much of his educational life studying early performance practice. His brisk tempos for the fast movements display his dexterity and he is well supported by the much travelled harpsichordist, Ketil Haugsand, and the American cellist, Vanessa Young. The recording comes from German Radio in Cologne, the balance about as good as you could achieve…

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