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Bertil van Boer
Fanfare, November 2014

Rummel handles the technical pyrotechnics with studied ease… The interpretation by the Kölner Akademie is sensitive and yet totally supportive of the soloist, making this a sensational set that will be the standard for years to come for works from this era for solo instruments. © 2014 Fanfare




David W Moore
American Record Guide, January 2014

Rummel is a cellist with evident love for his work. The fact that Rummel has recorded them to great effect shows what a musical imagination he has. It is very evident here as well. He is a master of a range of expression from the virtuosic to the mysterious that makes these works come alive.

…positive and enjoyable. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, January 2014

Zani’s concertos not only add 12 splendid specimens, all thoroughly enjoyable, to the existing Baroque cello concerto repertoire, they provide further evidence that composers of this period writing cello concertos is not the rarity it was once thought to be.

For the most part, you’d be hard-pressed to realize that soloist Martin Rummel and the Cologne Academy are playing on period instruments. Rummel is incredibly adroit in the flashy finger and bow work Zani’s scores demand, and Michael Alexander Willens leads the Cologne ensemble in strong, energetic, and alert performances. If Vivaldi didn’t write enough cello concertos for you, and you’ve already sampled Leo’s contributions and like them as well, I can think of no reason why you wouldn’t find Zani’s concertos equally satisfying. Strongly recommended. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Duncan Druce
Gramophone, November 2013

These 12 cello concertos survive in manuscript parts in the Schönborn archive and have been rediscovered by Zani’s biographer, the New Zealand musicologist Jill Ward. They make a notable addition to the 18th-century cello repertoire; the idiom is quite Vivaldian but tending towards the decorative elegance characteristic of the middle of the 1700s and demonstrating a distinctive, pleasing melodic quality.

Throughout, the playing of the Kölner Akademie is admirably light and airy. Martin Rummel…[is] a splendidly agile player and in the slow movements he phrases most expressively…A fascinating issue… © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Alain Steffen
Pizzicato, October 2013

This is a gratifying discovery: Zani’s music is powerful, the performances are excellent in any respect. © Pizzicato



Byzantion
MusicWeb International, September 2013

There are surprisingly few recordings of cello concertos from this period that are not by Vivaldi, especially of whole cycles like this one. That is an extra credit for this CD—the fine performances and Zani’s own elegant, creative musicianship are grounds enough for procurement. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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