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Bertil van Boer
Fanfare, March 2013

…cellist Hess is at the top of his game, eliciting a warm and engaging tone from his instrument…Violinist Rüdiger Lotter is equally fine, and the blends of the two instruments, especially in the ricercatas, is even and smooth. The “basso” is performed here by Florian Birsak on a fortepiano…Birsak’s playing is finely nuanced and elegantly phrased. If one wishes for an accurate picture of how [Platti’s] style developed, this will be a nice disc to have; well played and perhaps a good way of displaying the compositional talents of a minor composer. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

David W. Moore
American Record Guide, January 2013

Platti is a contemporary of Leclair and Quantz, on the border of the classical era, and the music shows it. It is fine writing, and these players treat it with a mix of baroque and classical styles that it absorbs quite well. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online

Johan van Veen
MusicWeb International, December 2012

In the three trio sonatas the violin and the cello are treated on strictly equal terms. They are all in four movements, combining elements of the Corellian sonata da chiesa and sonata da camera. This also means that they are dominated by counterpoint. The slow movements are often quite expressive, for instance the sicilianas from the Trio sonatas D-WD 683 and 689. The latter ends with a beautiful fugue, the former with a sparkling gavotta. The Sonata in g minor includes an expressive largho (sic) and ends with an exuberant presto.

In the middle of the disc we find one of Platti’s keyboard sonatas. In his keyboard works he points in the direction of the new fashions of the 18th century. This sonata is in four movements; the second an expressive larghetto which Florian Birsak plays in an improvisatory manner.

He uses a fortepiano, both in this sonata and in the basso continuo of the trio sonatas. It is an interesting aspect of these performances.

Florian Birsak’s playing is outstanding, and so are the performances of Rüdiger Lotter and Sebastian Hess. They fully explore the qualities of Platti’s music, and both the virtuosic and the more expressive aspects of these pieces are convincingly conveyed. The tempi are well-chosen: the fast movements come off really fast, and in the slow movements they take their time in order to expose the expression. The ensemble is immaculate and results in an eloquent dialogue between the three instruments. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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