"... The performances by The Band of Instruments are completely engaging... The present ’complete’ recording is a real find and a grand evening’s divertissment. The musicians of the Band of Instruments prove themselves extremely fine advocates of this inventive music."
Catherine Moore - American Record Guide - September/October 2013
“[Guido] certainly knew how to write attractive music, full of invention and lovely sonorities. If anyone is tired of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and I suspect many will be, then this new disc provides a refreshing alternative with thrilling playing. The recording made in New College, Oxford, is first rate.” – TheClassicalReviewer
“Here is a beautiful work, vigorously played by ’The Band of Instruments’, a group based in Oxford that accompanies Caroline Balding who shows herself to be a great violin virtuoso . Giovanni Antonio Guido’s ’Four Seasons’ might not show the musical richness of Vivaldi’s work, but this is nevertheless music extremely pleasant to listen to, in a fresh and sharp reading by The Band of Instruments.” -
Remy Franck - Pizzicato magazine
“Four picturesque concertos for string ensemble... some of them are very striking. They’re a whole lot of fun, and the extremely talented players who make up The Band of Instruments are a pleasure to hear. Very skilfully played set of fun, vivacious, diverting baroque suites.”
Brian Reinhart - MusicWeb-International.com
“It is refreshing to hear another composer’s take on [The Four Seasons]. A bright, clearly defined texture... [the ensemble] bring commendable agility, shape and energy to their performances... demonstrating close empathy with the music’s rhetorical language.”
Robin Stowell - The Strad
“This is a very fine performance of an attractive composition which is potentially of great significance. Guido’s composition compares very well with Vivaldi’s in quality: it is varied, attractive, graceful and colourful. The fascinating background history is outlined in the informative CD flier. Divine Art is to be commended for bringing to us this little-known music, which is both historically important and beautiful.”
Elizabeth Rees - The Consort
“The movements are like miniature tableaux, in which one element blends smoothly with the next. This is the anti-Vivaldi, a sort of characteristic work that focuses upon the drama rather than the soloist. Director Roger Hamilton runs a tight ship, with good contrasting tempos, nice phrasing and an ensemble that is very much in tune. Their performance is well executed and I can find no fault with it... a first-rate performance of works that really do deserve to be more popular.”
Bertil van Boer - Fanfare - September/Ocotber 2013
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