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Jed Distler
ClassicsToday.com, March 2015

…Vinikour’s impeccable technique, rhythmic vivacity, and ability to convey character in every bar help sell the idea that most of these pieces are worth getting to know.

An outstanding release and an important contribution to the catalog by one of America’s greatest harpsichordists. © 2015 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



Rob Haskins
American Record Guide, January 2014

In his latest release, Jory Vinikour selects some of the best [harpsichord pieces], which he plays with unerring taste and panache.

The outstanding works are Mel Powell’s Recitative and Toccata Percossa…and the Meltzer…The first, in particular, is a delightful essay in changing rhythmic patterns, mostly in two voices—exactly what the harpsichord can do best. The sound is ideal. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review




Blair Sanderson
AllMusic.com, November 2013

…Vinikour plays with astonishing speed and an assured touch, so even if the pieces are unfamiliar, listeners can derive pleasure from his brilliant performances. © 2013 Allmusic.com Read complete review




John Sunier
Audiophile Audition, November 2013

Many of the works heard here were created especially for Mr. Vinikour. The latest in hi-res formats for physical discs here reproduces the works in their best possible sonic reality.

I listened to the 5.1 DTS surround track thru my analog multichannel heighth preamp setting and found it superb, although the two-channel option gives an even stronger attention to detail. The idea of including a standard CD of the same thing in the package is a good one, for playing in the car and elsewhere. © 2013 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, October 2013

We get an hour of music that represents the musical outlook of today but respects the harpsichord toccata tradition with fugal, contrapuntal and rhythmic patterns that reflect the past, along with the sort of virtuoso, expressive, sometimes rubato, semi-improvised feelings one often gets in a traditional toccata from the earlier period.

Jory Vinikour plays it all well, with sensitive attention to how the old and new conjoin in each case.

The results are fascinating and endlessly listenable…Jory Vinikour performs them all with real panache. © 2013 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Joseph Newsome
Voix des Arts, October 2013

The pieces recorded on Toccatas offer a comprehensive view of the important if largely unheralded place of the harpsichord in contemporary Classical Music. There are many reasons for the continuing presence of the harpsichord, not least among which is its greater suitability for the acoustical atmospheres of modern concert halls than instruments like the theorbo or viola da gamba, but there is also the fact that none of the other instruments of the High Baroque enjoys the charismatic advocacy of Jory Vinikour. The vigor with which he plays the pieces on Toccatas dispels the notion that a concert harpsichordist is as much an archivist and musical archeologist as a performer, however. Toccatas is a voyage of discovery, one which introduces heartening vistas of tonal worlds so close and yet so unfamiliar to many 21st-Century listeners, and Jory Vinikour proves the ideal guide along these craggy, captivating musical paths. © 2013 Voix des Arts Read complete review





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