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Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb International, October 2014

It’s good to be reminded of…[Tafelmusik’s] performance of Schmelzer’s delightful, folklorically-infused Sonata 3, from Sonatae unarum fidium. Their Four Seasons is remembered via Summer, which is refined [and] athletic…

…this may make a suitably effective envoi from [Jeanne Lamon]… © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Duncan Druce
Gramophone, October 2014

The performances are of high quality.

…there’s plenty to enjoy here and, as an introduction to Baroque violin music, the programme could hardly be bettered. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, September 2014

“The Baroque Virtuoso” is both an exploration of the myriad ways virtuoso violin technique informs the music of the Baroque Era and a tribute to violinist/founder Jeanne Lamon, the only music director Tafelmusik has known since the group started up in 1981. It is also memorable for its unusual, far-ranging program.

She leads off with J. S. Bach’s Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043, in which violinist Linda Melsted joins her for some spirited music making that includes many points of subtle and expressive relationship between the two soloists. Highly imaginative fugal imitation adds to the excitement in a work that Lamon characterizes as “my favourite piece of music” and “my desert island choice.”

Lamon admits to a personal preference for [the “Summer”], with its imitations of the songs of cuckoo, turtle dove and goldfinch in the opening, its central movement conjuring up the languor of a hot summer afternoon, and the furious depiction of a thunderstorm in its finale. Lots of opportunity for fancy fiddling here!

We conclude with Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1067…A graciously flowing baroque dance suite, it makes for a very satisfying conclusion to this program. © 2014 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review



Charles Brewer
American Record Guide, September 2014

…each of these selections will stand as a model of Lamon’s sensitive but also sensible approach to historically-informed performance—an approach I hope Tafelmusik will continue to develop in future performances and recordings. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide





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