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John Terauds
Musical Toronto, December 2013

Niholaus Newerkla, the Quadriga’s harpsichord player and leader, has supplied all the arrangements which, fortunately, are tasteful and nicely executed by the six instrumentalists and soprano Elisabeth Kaplan.

The consort’s work slots perfectly into the current tradition of offering musically transparent, rhythmically lively and interestingly coloured work. The carols are familiar, yet there is something original in Newerkla’s vision for each one. Kaplan’s light voice is exactly what we expect for Early Music. And the ensemble plays with obvious pleasure in the music they are making.

An album like this…works very nicely as a quieter, lower-key antidote to the glitz and fuss of the season. © 2013 Musical Toronto Read complete review



Ardella Crawford
American Record Guide, November 2013

The performances are very good, and the sound is great…Elisabeth Kaplan…has a pleasing voice…

The combination of instruments is felicitous…The medley of Irish traditional music is particularly delightful… © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Em Marshall-Luck
MusicWeb International, September 2013

All of the arrangements (made by Nikolaus Newerkla, the harpsichordist and director of the group) are for early music ensemble, including recorders, viola da gamba, baroque cello, percussion and harpsichord. I was rather impressed by the arrangements, all of which tend to work well and are very effective…

The vocalist, Elisabeth Kaplan, has quite a sweet and breathy voice…

On the whole, this is a disc that I enjoyed listening to and no doubt will return to again come the appropriate season. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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