"… meets their high standard. Warmly recommended." ~Fanfare
"These are fine and extroverted performances of some alternate instrumentations of familiar Bach concertos…The solo playing is remarkable, and Rohrig and Kaiser blend and contrast their sounds beautifully…Rudolf Innig makes a real case for the piece [G-minor S 1058] as a harpsichord concerto…[and] The E-major Violin Concerto…also sounds appropriately baroque in its texture…"
“The various members of Musica Alta Ripa give the work a driving, tense performance that rightly underlines the music's agitation and sense of menace. In fact, these musicians characterize all four concertos extremely well, and even manage to maintain a certain amount of clarity in the unavoidably clanging C major concerto for three harpsichords, BWV 1064. In sum, this is an excellent continuation of an excellent series of recordings.”
"…In this second volume of Bach's concertos the players breathe so naturally that they can really savor every gorgeous moment and give us the chance to do the same….Buy the disc for the stunning A-minor Concerto and marvelous, concert-like sonics."
Italy's Alfredo Casella has been talked up as the great unknown composer of the first half of the 20th century. He was influenced by Debussy, Mahler, Schoenberg, and Stravinsky in turn, yet he mixed and matched elements of their styles with a distinctive formal imagination. Casella was largely responsible for the reintroduction of Vivaldi to the musical world, and some of the neo-classic music he composed later in his career had direct Baroque references. This album lacks that aspect of his work, but these three pieces, each made up of short chunks of music, probably offers an easier introduction to Casella than do the weightier symphonies. The Concerto for Orchestra, loosely neo-classical, appeared in 1938 and thus lay between Hindemith's and Bartók's works with the same title.Review by James Manheim
…Celebrated German label MDG have assembled a fine and varied chamber music programme of four movement concertos and sonatas plus an overture which shows off the composer in some of his finest and most varied colours and textures. Listeners unfamiliar with Telemann can comfort themselves as each and every one of the works contained here has expressive charm in abundance and sustained musical interest. No bland and plodding keyboard continuo here. (…) Telemann’s strength and depth in these chamber compositions is never in doubt and with consistently fine playing from the Ensemble Musica Alta Ripa this is certainly a worthy release.