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Graham Rickson
The Arts Desk, May 2016

…delectable, uplifting stuff, their joie de vivre suggesting that Greene would have been convivial company. There’s a lot of sparky energy in these performances from Chicago’s Baroque Band, making the fleeting moments of relaxation all the more welcome. © 2016 The Arts Desk Read complete review




Laurence Vittes
Audiophile Audition, December 2015

Delightful overtures from a contemporary of Handel’s. © 2015 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



John von Rhein
Chicago Tribune, May 2015

These hitherto-unrecorded pieces receive crisp attention from the Chicago period-instrument ensemble under Garry Clarke’s direction. © 2015 Chicago Tribune Read complete review



Ardella Crawford
American Record Guide, May 2015

These overtures are very easy to listen to, reminiscent of Handel in their style. …this is a very good program that should delight the listener. The sound is also excellent… © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Dan Sperrin
Fanfare, March 2015

…as Garry Clarke and the Baroque Band show, Greene’s secular overtures are melodic innovation par excellence. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Barry Brenesal
Fanfare, March 2015

…the Six Overtures…reveal a knowledgeable, inspired composer, capable of wit and charm alike, and the performances are attractive… Recommended. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Michael Schwartz
The WholeNote, February 2015

[Clarke’s] interpretation of Greene’s Overture for St. Cecilia’s Day is lively and effervescent—how appropriate for the patroness of music!

This spirited approach continues with the allegro assai, andante and vivace of Greene’s first overture (D major). The other overtures too, delight the listener: note the chirping first allegro of the fourth overture or the presto of the fifth, just two of what the sleeve-notes describe as “whistleable melodies.”

Greene deserves much more recognition… © 2015 The WholeNote Read complete review




WQXR (New York), February 2015

Garry Clarke’s excellent Chicago Baroque Band offers this collection of the composer’s overtures—bright, melodic dance-based works that may not equal Handel’s genius, but certainly reveal plenty of ingenuity and deserve to be better-known. Baroque Band delivers stylish performances with impressively detailed sound. © 2015 WQXR (New York) Read complete review




WGBH, January 2015

Under the direction of Garry Clarke, the Baroque Band evokes British baroque charm performing Maurice Greene’s Six Overtures. A contemporary of Handel, [Greene’s] overtures capture both the verdant countryside and bustling metropolis of eighteenth-century England. © 2015 WGBH



Rick Anderson
Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist, January 2015

…this disc is a must-have for any classical collection, but it’s also simply a pure joy to listen to. © 2015 Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist Read complete review




James Manheim
AllMusic.com, December 2014

The Chicago-based Baroque Band and its British leader Garry Clarke continue its ascent to the top of the American early music scene; the group brings out the best in Greene’s music with an edgy, harpsichord-heavy sound. …this release should find a place on the shelves of serious Baroque devotees. © 2014 Allmusic.com Read complete review



John J. Puccio
Classical Candor, December 2014

Certainly, Maestro Clarke and his ensemble, the Baroque Band…do their best to conjure up delights. And they do so in a most elegant fashion. This is no Raggedy-Annie period orchestra but a rich, polished, finely tuned group of performers. …they are a joy to hear, and they do bring the music to life with liveliness and gusto. © 2014 Classical Candor Read complete review




David Vernier
ClassicsToday.com, December 2014

This group can play notes with the best baroque bands, but throughout the six Overtures in Seven Parts and the two additional overtures these musicians and their director show particular and welcome concern for expressive nuance and articulation that gives the performances a dynamic presence that’s far more satisfying to listeners than renditions that may be “proper” but fall far short of demanding a repeat.

…Schrader’s instrument has a very pleasing, intimate quality, timbrally on the bright side and evenly voiced across registers.

And whatever may have prompted the producers and players on this recording to make a program of Maurice Greene’s instrumental music we baroque music lovers can do no less than celebrate and enjoy the chance to hear—and hear again—these undeservedly obscure solo and orchestral pieces, most of them entirely new to the catalog. Strongly recommended. © 2014 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review





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