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Bertil van Boer
Fanfare, September 2012

For this set, all of the works have been available on numerous other recordings…Tafelmusik’s renditions…have the same benefit as their other recordings of precision, fire, and musicality that bring the works to life. Cellist Bylsma uses blazing fingerwork and technical virtuosity in the tortuous solo lines that makes one sit up and take notice. There is no caution here, but rather the sort of brilliant display that brings these somewhat formulaic works to life. When joined in the B♭-Major double concerto by leader Jeanne Lamon, the combination is electric, and even when two others are added to the quadruple concerto, the energy is still maintained. In the quadruple violin concerto, the four soloists are so well coordinated and blended that one is almost convinced that this was one person playing all parts and then having it spliced together. The phrasing complements the score perfectly, with fine and detailed nuances, whether the entire group is performing the ensemble concerti grossi, or supporting the various soloists.

In short, this is the way that Vivaldi ought to be played, in my opinion…There may be other interpretations of these works out there that are equally fine, but for me this will remain one of the standards. If you haven’t yet added it to your collection of Vivaldi’s concertos, this is your opportunity to renew an acquaintance with the excellence that marks Tafelmusik as a premiere Baroque music ensemble. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review

David Vernier, May 2012

very welcome reminders of the high level of musicianship and technical mastery period-instrument performers had achieved by around 1990. This was a group that celebrated the sound of its instruments and whose soloists played with relish and a virtuoso flair that never gave a hint that a Baroque cello or violin was any less worthy than their modern counterparts. Just listen to Anner Bylsma’s dynamic and commanding solos, and take note of the wonderful interplay between Bylsma and violinist Jeanne Lamon in the Allegro molto third movement of the B-flat major concerto. And notice the affecting use of vibrato in the Largo of the G major concerto for 2 violins and 2 cellos: it’s some of the loveliest Vivaldi playing you’ll ever hear. © 2012 Read complete review

Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, April 2012

The two Concertos for Cello, in A minor, RV 418 and G major, RV 413, are the most memorable on the program in many ways. Both feature the distinguished presence of the guest artist, Dutch cellist Anner Bylsma, the eloquent tone of whose instrument…adds immeasurably to our enjoyment of the darkly lyrical beauty of the slow movements in both works. Typically, Vivaldi trades on the contrast between the cello’s rich bass register and its songlike tenor.

The music on this CD is extremely attractive. All the works heard here benefit from the spirited, dedicated playing of the members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, a group that never fails to satisfy. © 2012 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review

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