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Lindsay Kemp
Gramophone, July 2014

The performances, as always with Tafelmusik, are joyous and refined, and it is a pleasure to see the musicians swaying, smiling and playing from memory…a nice enough way to spend an hour and a half… © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

WQXR (New York), March 2014

The documentary film presents a guided trip through European art and architecture blended with an international assortment of music: two numbers from Handel’s Theodora, several movements from Vivaldi concertos, three instrumental pieces by Purcell, Marin Marais’s Suite from Alcyone, three Bach transcriptions and finally, the Overture to Telemann’s Wassermusik. All of the music was memorized for the DVD performance and there’s an audio CD as well. © 2014 WQXR (New York) Read complete version

Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, March 2014

Tafelmusik, under violinist and music director Jeanne Lamon, presents another magic carpet journey through the world of the Baroque…this highly imaginative DVD was created, programmed and scripted by Tafelmusik bassist Alison Mackay, with technical suport from the Banff Centre…

The CD repeats the music soundtrack from the DVD. Besides Marais’ Alcyone, we have selections from concerti grossi of Handel and concertos by Vivaldi, including the famous Largo from the Lute Concerto, RV93; Purcell selections that include the tune from Act III of The Indian Queen, Bach’s pulse-quickening Allegro from the Concerto for Two Violins, the Ouverture from Telemann’s Wassermusik, and much else besides. All are done in Tafelmusik’s inimitable style. © 2014 Audio Video of Atlanta Read complete review

Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, February 2014

Like colours in motion, this beautifully composed film is a rainbow of audiovisual sensations. The production is set in five elaborate European-style homes, where iconic paintings by artists like Canaletto, Vermeer and Watteau become the backdrop for symphonic and operatic expositions by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. Among the pieces selected, Handel’s dances from Alcina are particularly evocative, as are a series of allegros…written by Vivaldi. Other symphonists make contributions to the score as well, including Henry Purcell, Marin Marais, Georg Philipp Telemann and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck…The music of these acclaimed composers finds full expression in the accomplished, artful playing of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, whose instrumentalists each contribute a unique style and energy to the performance. The result is a transporting, impeccably produced work that draws viewers in gradually, and doesn’t let them go until the show is over. © 2014 Scene Magazine Read complete review

Hans de Groot
The WholeNote, January 2014

The musicians play on the DVD without scores (an impressive achievement in itself) and there are many lovely moments of musical and dramatic interchange, such as the item in the Handel section with the violinists Cristina Zacharias and Thomas Georgi.

The DVD comes with a CD which contains the soundtrack (of the music, not the narration). I was especially taken with the slow movement of Vivaldi’s Lute Concerto (Lucas Harris), the Sweelinck harpsichord solo (Charlotte Nediger) and the “Allegro” from Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins (Jeanne Lamon and Aisslinn Nosky). The performances are superb throughout but I cannot pass over the wonderful woodwind playing (John Abberger and Marco Cera, oboe, and Dominic Teresi, bassoon). © 2014 The WholeNote Read complete review

John Sheppard
MusicWeb International, January 2014

The performances themselves…are excellent, with the various soloists…playing with terrific style and making me long to hear them in the whole works from which the various movements are chosen. Tafelmusik have long been one of my favourite orchestras and the playing here shows them on top form.

I would imagine that this set will appeal to anyone wanting a souvenir having enjoyed the show live. For others the CD certainly presents an attractive and very well played if quirky programme… © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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