Saturday, June 23, 2012

Weiss: Lute Concerti

'Stone's playing is agile and confident, his sound round and full. These characteristics are essential to project the instrument's small voice in a concerto. The players of Tempesta di Mare supply a lovely, understated accompaniment that is historically informed but without any ornamental gimmickry.' --American Record Review

'The flautist Gwyn Roberts (soloist in two of the concertos for flute with solo lute accompaniment) deserves a special mention, as does Stone himself.' --Gramophone Magazine

'[Richard] Stone has lots of technique and shines in the soloist's role. Even greater, arguably, is his successful realisation of the orchestral parts. It may sound a highly dubious idea, but in fact it is not at all in principle out of order to reconstruct an orchestral score from a soloist's part, because many of the ideas will be transferable, and the basic harmonic and structural design is already present. To these ears, the orchestral writing is entirely convincing and the players tuck into it with gusto and panache, the buzzy string sound and the woody tone of the baroque flute recorded in a spacious and expressive acoustic.' --Classical Guitar Magazine

'Clearly a lot of work has gone into the reconstructions and they not only convince, they delight. --International Record Review

'Tempestas team spoke the music like a native language.' --The American Journal of Classical Guitar

'Tempesta di Mare offers superb support…' --American Record Guide

'… compulsive listening…' --BBC Music Magazine

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