Ensemble Sonnerie, under the direction of Monica Huggett, returns to AVIE Records with a new musical view on the Orchestral Suites by J.S.Bach, The recording includes a reconstruction of the ever-popular Second Suite by the leading oboist in the period instrument field, Gonzalo X. Ruiz. A Premiere Recording.
“Nothing lacks from Sonnerie's playing… which is generously shaped, beautifully judged for pace and balance, and attractively recorded.”
“Jan Latham-Koenig and his responsive Strasbourg forces reveal a Don Juan of sharper contrasts than usual. The seduction scenes smoulder as dangerous nocturnal idylls rather than indulgent interludes...An appealing vigour renews understanding of what a bolt from the blue this work must have sounded to its first audience...how wonderful to hear Joan Rodgers in such resplendent voice in her choice of early songs.”
The Independent on Sunday
28th June 2009
“Directing from the violin, Monica Huggett's intelligent decorations and sensual phrasing ensure an elegant performance from the strings...The jewel in the collection is Gonzalo X Ruiz's reconstruction of the Second Suite, played in the warmer key of A minor, with oboe replacing the solo flute.”
20th September 2009
“these performances of all four suites, in their imagined early incarnations, are brilliant and incisive. The Third and Fourth, shorn of their brass lines, are especially lithe, with so much more detail audible when there are no baroque trumpets played”
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