“...Example of the descriptive music, exquisitely programmatic, which formed the basis of the ‘galant’ trend which flowed fully in the Rococo period... capable of arousing the attention of lovers of Baroque instrumental music. Undoubtedly fine and authentic performance by the violinist Caroline Balding, well supported by the orchestra.”
Andrea Bedetti - CD Classico
"... 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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