"...This is an outstanding program, beautifully performed, with great sound and exceptionally detailed and thorough notes..."
Adella Crawford - American Record Guide - November/December 2012
"...The standard of performance is extremely good, with an excellent sense of tempo and intonation. Adrian Chandlertruly has a good grasp of the style..."
Bertil van Boer - Fanfare - November/December 2012
<p> "...The standard of performance is extremely good, with an excellent sense of tempo and intonation. Adrian Chandlertruly has a good grasp of the style..."</p> <p>Bertil van Boer - <strong>Fanfare - November/December 2012</strong></p>
"...This imaginatively programmed disc takes us on an engaging nocturnal Venetian visit."
Jonathan Woolf - MusicWeb-International.com - 10 October 2012
Performance ***** Recording ****
"Peter Whelan is a virtuoso bassoonist is one of Vivaldi’s 38 concertos for the instrument, bounding his staccato way through the outer fast movements and revealing a honeyed lyricism between. Simon Munday proves an impeccable trumpeter in ... two splendid pieces by Albinoni and Porta. His playing remarkable for its restraint, balancing ideally the strings of la Serenissima, transparent yet lively and energetic. The clarity of contrapuntal lines in a fugue on four subjects by Veracini is exemplary. Recorded sound throughout is excellent. With five ’first recordings’ this is not to be missed."
George Pratt - BBC Music magazine - November 2012
La Serenissima are well up to their expected high standards in this interesting collection of concerted and vocal pieces by, for the most part, 17th and 18th composers ranging from the well known (Albinoni, Vivaldi) to the relatively obscure (Pollarolo), spiced by traditional Venetian songs. The result is a delight and not to be missed.