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David Vickers
Gramophone, June 2014

Moynihan and Ensemble Nota Velata give neat and orderly performances. Vivaldians will welcome the opportunity to hear the pastoral rolling violins and drone bass notes in the first aria of Perché son molli, a fine cantata that reminds us how much treasure there is to find even in the remotest nooks and crannies of Vivaldi’s works. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Johan van Veen
MusicWeb International, May 2014

This disc offered me the first opportunity to hear Deirdre Moynihan sing, and I liked what I heard. She has a beautiful voice, which is perfectly suited to baroque music

I am happy to say that the foundation of Ms Moynihan’s singing is healthy, both technically…and stylistically. That is why I have enjoyed this disc.

Deirdre Moynihan is certainly a singer to keep an eye on. I am curious to know how she will develop…she has made a good start with this disc, also thanks to the contributions of the fine Ensemble Nota Velata. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



International Record Review, May 2014

Founded in 2012 by Moynihan to perform ‘rarely heard treasures’ from the Early Music repertoire, the Baroque instrumental group Ensemble Nota Velata provides superb, delightfully precise accompaniment…this is a thoroughly beguiling recital disc and one which is certain to help further the cause for this spellbinding, richly detailed music. When sung like this it deserves the widest possible audience. © 2014 International Record Review



Dick O'Riordan
The Sunday Business Post, April 2014

Moynihan sings with clarity and warmth, delightfully capturing the rich flavour of Vivaldi’s vivid music imagination. There are formidable vocal challenges, but all overcome with confidence.© 2014 The Sunday Business Post



Musical Opinion, April 2014

An excellent CD of music that, despite Vivaldi’s fame, has been unaccountably neglected for far too long…The performances are splendid: Deirdre Moynihan has just the right voice for this music. © 2014 Musical Opinion



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2014

Commentators have mischievously suggested Vivaldi wrote Solo Cantatas to give singers a tough time. Maybe untrue though recordings have given it substance. Much of his music was written with a performer in mind, and this group would certainly have tested the agility and staying power of the recipient. The five included on this disc pointing to the pleasure and torment that love can bring, usually set against the pastoral backdrop of shepherds and shepherdesses, the topic in vogue at the time. Each is in the accepted format of Recitatives alternating with Arias, the arias being highly decorated. To provide the backdrop Vivaldi would have employed a small ensemble of the type used in this recording. They are here performed by the Irish-born soprano, Deirdre Moynihan, and a period instrument quintet, Ensemble Nota Velata. She certainly has a nice partnership with the Irish group, their intonation unfailingly accurate. The engineers have placed the voice very well to the fore. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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