"... This program advances Pekiel’s multi-faceted musical personality more powerfully than ever before and is strongly recommended as an introduction to him. Dougan has been the assistant to The Sixteen’s founder and conductor Harry Christophers. Here he comes fully into his own, with a strong and imaginative musicality. If he is to replace Christophers, he will lead The Sixteen into a bold new path of his own. Vivid sound..."
John W Barker - American Record Guide - November/December 2013
"... The Sixteen under Eamonn Dougan’s direction, is on characteristically strong form providing persuasive advocacy for this hitherto almost forgotten music." ****
Nicholas Anderson - Early Music Today magazine - September - November 2013
"... The Sixteen, here numbering 17 singers plus a 13 member instrumental ensemble, turn in polished performances, clearly enjoying the many opportunities for the solo work with which Pekiel provides them. The acoustics of St Silas the Martyr in Kentish Town, London are surely ideal for this repertoire."
Ivan Moody - International Record Review - September 2013
Gramophone Vocal Choice
"...This craftsman’s masterful music is presented here with an assured charisma by the mighty Sixteen (expanded to 17 singers for the beautiful extended dramatic scena Audite mortales - the undoubted highlight of the programme). Their associate conducttor, Eamonn Dougan, draws typically golden performances fromhis vocalists and mised instrumental ensemble... The dryish acoustic of St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, allows everything to be heard in clear relief. Sit back and relish this treasure trove which has clearly been prepared with passion."
Malcolm Riley - Gramophone magazine - September 2013
"This is one of a series of discs dedicated to the composers of the Polish Baroque. .. The variety of works here are a good example of his eclectic style ... the Sixteen (with instruments) perform it admirably." ***
Steven Ritter - AudibleAudition.com - 8 August 2013
Music ****½ (Very Good /Excellent) Sound **** (Very Good)
Reinmar Emans - Fono Forum magazine - September 2013
Performance **** Recording *****
"... a delightful performance."
Anna Picard - BBC Music magazine - September 2013
"...The sound world, very loosely, brings to mind Monteverdi. The exciting dissonances and strange harmonic colours set Pekiel in a category of his own."
"Pekiel… emerges again – thanks to The Sixteen’s outstanding new disc – as a figure of polyphonic virtuosity."
The Sunday Telegraph (Seven Magazine)
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