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Johan van Veen
MusicWeb International, August 2017

Obviously the main attraction of this disc is the harpsichord. It is a splendid instrument, which is excellently suited for the repertoire which Catalina Vicens selected. Although the programme includes many intavolations, there is much variety in the way the different composers have treated the original material. That comes well to the fore in Catalina Vicens’s performance. She delivers differentiated performances and is equally convincing in the more demanding pieces as in the rather simple arrangements and dances.

Instrument, music and performance are a happy combination here and therefore no lover of keyboard music should miss this disc. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Grant Chu Covell
La Folia, August 2017

Even if this weren’t the world’s oldest functioning harpsichord, the program would grab one’s attention. Vicens offers 24 tracks that might have been heard “in and around” 16th-century Naples, whence this harpsichord originated. © 2017 La Folia Read complete review

Joseph Newsome
Voix des Arts, July 2017

In opera, it has often been said that there are no small rôles, only singers of diminutive artistic stature who fail to take advantage of the opportunities that composers offer them. Vicens asserts with her playing on this disc that there is in the harpsichord repertory no ‘old music’; no music, that is, that cannot be reinvented and rejuvenated by an artist attuned to the veins of unchanging humanity in even the most archaic pieces. When the music on Il Cembalo di Partenope was new, Naples was a bustling metropolis, the second largest city in Europe and a cosmopolitan crossroads of art and trade rivaled only by Paris. Vicens’s playing reverberates with the authentic voices of Sixteenth-Century Naples, and how current they sound! © 2017 Voix des Arts Read complete review

Bradley Lehman
American Record Guide, July 2017

This is spellbinding. Catalina Vicens has the uncommon ability to take the listener to a different world in seconds. She has a way of making her performances sound both casual and intentional at the same time. This is difficult to describe. It sounds free, yet definitely going somewhere important.

The main reasons to buy this are the important instrument and the superlative performance. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Andrew Benson-Wilson
Early Music Review, June 2017

Catalina’s Vicens’ playing is sensitive to the mood and style of each piece and features an attractive fluidity of pulse, bringing the music to life. © 2017 Early Music Reviews Read complete review

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