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Peter Loewen
American Record Guide, March 2015

The Finnish Baroque Orchestra sounds as exciting playing trios as they do orchestral suites. The musicians demonstrate refinement in every turn of phrase…To single out one musician over another would be a disservice to the rest. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Caroline Gill
Gramophone, February 2015

Although it would be inaccurate to say that Graupner is equal to Bach, it is concomitantly fair to suggest that his neglect has been unwarranted artistically; and that fact, combined with the meticulous accuracy of blend and tuning, skilfully combined here with rustic high spiritedness, has created a disc as much pioneering as it is enjoyable. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Johan van Veen
musica Dei donum, February 2015

GRAUPNER, C.: Orchestral Suites, GWV 450, 451 and 458 (Finnish Baroque Orchestra, Kaakinen-Pilch) ODE1220-2
GRAUPNER, C.: Trio Sonatas (Finnish Baroque Orchestra, members) ODE1240-2

Graupner and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra seem a happy marriage. These are definitely some of the best recordings of Graupner’s music I have ever heard. The players seem to have entered this project with a strong motivation to show how good a composer he really is, and they have succeeded brilliantly. They play with zest and imagination and the many and often sudden contrasts are explored to the full. The soloists from the ranks of the orchestra have done an excellent job, both in the solo parts of the Overtures and in the trios. If you want to know what Graupner’s music is like, these discs are the best way to get to know it. Those who have heard his music before should not hesitate to add these discs to their collection. © 2015 musica Dei donum Read complete review



Dominy Clements
MusicWeb International, January 2015

Particularly distinctive is the sound of the chalumeau in two of these trios…this soft and mellifluous sound is perfectly balanced with the gentle partnership of lute and violin, but it is an unusual colour and one which lends a conversational voice to these pieces. The combination with bassoon in GWV 201 is particularly delicious.

The musicianship in these performances is exemplary, with continuo harpsichord nicely balanced and played with Germanic restraint…[the] winds projecting with character and plenty of rhythmic precision as well as lyrical expressiveness.

…the changes in instrumentation between sonatas make for a perfect and immaculately recorded programme, and each sonata offers its own inner contrasts and moments of joyous surprise. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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