Friday, August 3, 2012

In Venice

“A modern player goes Baroque to offer up a dish of Venetian delights. …the programme is… a well chosen comparison of Vivaldi with some of his finest Venetian contemporaries. …Mayer plays the music tremendously well.” --Gramophone Magazine, November 2008

“…Mayer's… sweet, rounded tone, wide range of dynamics and impeccable articulation are a constant delight…” --BBC Music Magazine, January 2009 ****

“This Venetian album features concertos by Vivaldi, Albinoni, Giovanni Platti, Antonio Lotti and the Marcello brothers Alessandro and Benedetto, to which Mayer responds with virtuoso artistry and a singer's sensitive flexibility of nuance.” --The Telegraph, 9th August 2008

“Mayer plays modern instruments, and the works are given at modern concert pitch, so even though the accompanying strings and continuo play with just one instrument to a part, the performances have a richness that is distinctly different from today's usual period-instrument accounts. Mayer is a superb musician, with a wonderful sense of line and articulation, and gives all this music a grace and poise. There are no masterpieces here, but the disc is a more than pleasant, undemanding listen.” --The Guardian, 15th August 2008 ****

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