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Todd Gorman
American Record Guide, September 2016

The spirited performances are presented in clear sound… © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Barry Brenesal
Fanfare, July 2016

My hat is off to Michael Hell…for tackling these sonatas. …he manages the whole project with energy, flair, exceptional agility, and a fine grasp of ornamentation. …He plays at a wide range of tempos, including some hair-raising examples in the Italianate content…

Eva Maria Pollerus improvises her figured bass according to the rules of so many manuals from the various nations whose styles Paisible borrowed, and does it with great success. The rest of Musicke’s Pleasure Garden, though heard less often, accompanies with equal achievement (and Susanna Borsch does an excellent job in the pair of unaccompanied recorder duets). © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



James A. Altena
Fanfare, July 2016

Harpsichordist Eva Maria Pollerus and the supporting musicians of Musicke’s Pleasure Garden—Susanna Borsch on second recorder, Sam Chapman on guitar and archlute, Thomas Platzgummer on cello, and Rebeka Rusó on bass viol—provide excellent support… © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review




Johan van Veen
MusicWeb International, March 2016

The playing is lively and engaging; the influences of various national styles in the interpretation contribute to the variety in these performances but also the differentiation in the line-up of the basso continuo group. © 2016 MusicWeb Internationl Read complete review



Paul-James Dwyer
Toronto Early Music News, December 2015

Hell is a virtuoso player and the level of performance by the six musicians of the project is universally excellent. He uses three different Recorders in F (A = 407) after Peter Bressan by Adrian Brown of Amsterdam. His essay is a complete history of the composer and repertoire; a very fine recording and valuable addition to the instrument’s revival. © 2015 Toronto Early Music News Read complete review





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