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Marvin J. Ward
Classical Voice of North Carolina (cvnc.org), December 2012

ITALIAN SOJOURN (AN) CDR90000-099
Chamber Music (Baroque) - SCHOP, J. / SCHMELZER, J.H. / MUFFAT, G. / KRIEGER, J.P. / BUXTEHUDE, D. / BACH, J.S. / ERLEBACH, P.H. (Trio Settecento) CDR90000-114
Chamber Music - LULLY, J.-B. / COUPERIN, F. / MARAIS, M. / REBEL, J.-F. / RAMEAU, J.-P. / LECLAIR, J.M. (A French Soiree) (Trio Settecento) CDR90000-129
ENGLISH FANCY (AN) CDR90000-135

This is the finest recorded set of historically-informed Baroque period recitals that I have ever encountered, for its selection of works, their arrangement within each program and across the series, and for the instrumentation and the simply stunning performances. © Marvin J. Ward & CVNC. Reproduced with permission. Read complete review



Robert Maxham
Fanfare, January 2008

Corelli’s first six violin sonatas followed the old pattern of the Sonata da chiesa, with a fugal second movement, but Corelli threw in an étude-like perpetual motion that exercised succeeding generations. Pine and her colleagues play the fugal movement with irresistible verve, pausing effectively for a breath before the second go-around and according the final cadenza just the right dramatic role.

Giuseppe Tartini, one of the next generation of violinists (roughly contemporary with Locatelli) appears in his Sonata pastorale. Tartini, as did Locatelli in his Sonata in F, adopted a newer, three-movement pattern in his Sonata; and although Tartini underwent a stylistic change (awakening) during his career, he remained thoroughly himself, recognizable in only a measure or two. …Pine plays these with sunny enthusiasm, recalling Arthur Grumiaux’s reading of Veracini’s Sonata, op. 1/7, and she ends with a heart-stopping swirl of virtuosity.

…the Trio Settecento’s most recent compilation can be strongly recommended. © 2008 Fanfare Read complete review





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