Passion and Craftsmanship - CD review

Accademia Amsterdam collaborated with Italian colleagues

Contents: Music of both side of the Alps, of Italian and Dutch composers

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passion craftsmanshipThe idea behind this very eclectic disc is, [...] to explore through chamber music the stereotypes of passionate Italians and staid Dutchmen. This was evidently concocted by oboist Onno Verschoor of the Accademia Amsterdam, and to insure that both sides were represented, cellist Alessandra Montani and keyboardist Fabio Ciofini were imported from Italy.

[...] The performance by the quartet of instrumentalists are always solid and elegant.

Fanfare, January/February 2013

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[...] The entire program is well played.
[...] The playing on period instruments is quite lovely. While the Netherlands and Italy are widely divided in their geography, their composers bear strong similarities. Of course, in this period, the influence of Italian music was inescapable. The stile modern, heard first in Turini's sonata, is evident also in Sweelinck's treatment of John Dowland's famous lament.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013

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