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David Vernier
ClassicsToday.com, September 2015

…you’re always in for a surprise, not to mention, as realized by Pine, an often dazzling display of violin wizardry. Of course Pine benefits from the long collegial relationship with her trio partners and from the excellent sonics from Cedille’s recording team. Highly recommended. © 2015 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review




Joshua Kosman
San Francisco Chronicle, September 2015

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine takes the lead role and dispatches the music with a wonderful combination of vigor, tonal strength and rhythmic panache, and she’s well partnered by cellist John Mark Rozendaal and harpsichordist David Schrader. © 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Read complete review



Robin Stowell
The Strad, September 2015

The versatile Rachel Barton Pine has matured immeasurably as a baroque violinist in recent years. Her playing is as intelligent and free-flowingly musical as ever but now seems considerably more authoritative and technically more fluent and secure…

Barton Pine is backed by a first-rate continuo team, ever sensitive to Veracini’s directions. © 2015 The Strad Read complete review



Bertil van Boer
Fanfare, September 2015

…there is no lack of outstanding music in this set, and for violinists looking for examples of excellent performance practice in music it should be seen as a seminal collection. Rachel Barton Pine’s playing is extremely clear and precise, with every note in place, even in the most tricky double stop passages. Her continuo accompaniment is equally adept, with John Rozendaal’s cello being deeply sonorous and flexible. The harpsichord is a viable and discrete partner in all of this, which makes the focus go to the acrobatics of the violin. In short, this is one excellent disc and should be a must-have for any violinist, not to mention any lover of early Classical period music at the opening of the new expressivity of that time. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Barry Brenesal
Fanfare, September 2015

These artists possess both the technical skill and stylistic assurance to render this difficult music its due. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



David W Moore
American Record Guide, September 2015

[These pieces] are so imaginatively written and contain such a variety of expression and styles that one’s attention is held all through this collection. That is partly because the players are having such a good time with the music, following Veracini joyfully wherever he chooses to take them. Both violin and cello are given individual tasks to perform and they are continually talking to each other and blending beautifully and rushing off together into different countries and styles, assisted with great unity by the harpsichord. Altogether, this is an unusually amusing and joyful set of sonatas with a very forward- looking relation between voices that holds the attention mightily. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Kara Dahl Russell
The WSCL Blog, August 2015

Magnificent musicians with unity of purpose, at the top of their game, in an excellent recording. © 2015 The WSCL Blog Read complete review



Ralph Graves
WTJU, July 2015

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine plays the blistering solo passages with a bit of attitude, which makes these works sparkle. Cellist John Mark Rozendaal and harpsichordist David Schroder are equal partners with Barton. As an ensemble, the Trio Settecento performs in a lively give-and-take that at times seems more like a jam session than a classical performance.

Highly recommended. © 2015 WTJU Read complete review




C. Michael Bailey
All About Jazz, July 2015

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine…took the composer’s travels and influences into account. Pine’s approach, with that of cellist John Mark Rozendaal and harpsichordist David Schrader is to carefully strip the veneer of these pieces better revealing their sunny and often boisterous character. © 2015 All About Jazz Read complete review



John von Rhein
Chicago Tribune, May 2015

…the cycle makes for enjoyable listening as played on an excellently recorded three-disc set by violinist Rachel Barton Pine and her Trio Settecento colleagues… Working from the original edition, these period-instrumentalists make a strong case for the quirky composer’s magnum opus. © 2015 Chicago Tribune Read complete review





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