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Bertil van Boer
Fanfare, May 2017

…Philippe LeRoy and Jory Vinkour blend well together. There seem to be few bobbles or uncoordinated moments, with both performers working well in synch with each other as equal partners, something that was probably Soler’s intent. The question of whether they sound better on harpsichords or organs (the composer’s original designation) is more of a modern subjective one. The organ is of course a richer instrument with deeper and more resonant sounds, making the two harpsichord performance perhaps a bit invidious. However, the aesthetic of Soler’s age would have allowed for a flexibility of instruments in such chamber compositions, regardless of his own preference of designation, and here the performance is fine enough to provide a different sense of energy. One may have a preference, but this disc gives a reasonable alternative completely in keeping with the customs of the period and therefore is worth exploring. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Johan van Veen
MusicWeb International, March 2017

…this is the most satisfying interpretation of these concertos that I have heard. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Bradley Lehman
American Record Guide, January 2017

There have been recordings of Antonio Soler’s six concertos on two organs, two pianos, or two harpsichords. This is the best one I have heard on harpsichords. LeRoy and Vinikour make the music sparkle with lively articulation and good humor. Both of them studied with Huguette Dreyfus. John Phillips built both these Florentine-style harpsichords. They match well, and the stereo separation of the recording brings out the antiphonal effects. I’m not moved much by Soler’s other music, but these concertos are engaging. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, January 2017

I have nothing but praise for LeRoy and Vinikour when it comes to their playing, which is certainly more spirited and sparkling than that by Gilbert and Pinnock. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Lindsay Kemp
Gramophone, November 2016

…the enjoyment of the players on this recording is both evident and infectious, with the stereo separation just right for enabling the ear to pick out the musical compliment-sharing. The perfectly matched harpsichords are copies of the kind of Florentine 18th-century instruments that were much in favour in Spain, and combine a pungent sound and plenty of bass with the quick delay and clarity needed to let light into music in which they both play most of the time. Nice and unusual music then, and if it is not likely to change your life, it is hard to imagine it being better done than here. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Paul-James Dwyer
Toronto Early Music News, October 2016

This recording sparkles with wit, joy and energy.

Realized on two harpsichords by these two young rising stars Le Roy and Vinikour, the CD reveals Soler’s sunny Iberian personality to perfection. © 2016 Toronto Early Music News



Joseph Newsome
Voix des Arts, July 2016

The harpsichordists’ individual styles are very different, the Frenchman LeRoy approaching his music with understated intensity and the Chicago-born Vinikour employing a more outwardly flamboyant but no less introspective manner. LeRoy plays in Rabelaisian poetry and Vinikour in Hawthornean prose, but the musical narratives that they fashion are uncannily compatible. Both the graceful Andante and the effervescent Minué draw from LeRoy and Vinikour playing in which refinement and technical flair are ideally merged. The imagination that both gentlemen display in handling the variations in each of the Concerti’s Minué movements is one of the disc’s greatest virtues, the novelty of their phrasing consistently enticing the listener to eagerly await the music’s next unexpected subtlety. …The Tempo de Minué is executed with such precise synchronicity that it seems impossible that human fingers are responsible for the performance, but what is heard here is mastery, not mechanism. © 2016 Voix des Arts Read complete review





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