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Thalia Ensemble

Thalia Ensemble

Thalia Ensemble was formed in 2011, in Amsterdam, by six young, dynamic musicians who shared a passion for chamber music played on historical instruments and performances based on historically informed practices.



Reicha: Wind Quintets
Reicha: Wind Quintets
Thalia Ensemble's prize-winning programme of Reicha led to this debut recording. 

CKD 471  

Thalia Ensemble

From the outset, its members have strived for authentic self-expression and sought to highlight the theatrical, dramatic, expressive and playful aspects of music. Their aim is to create an intimate musical dialogue while at the same time communicating not only among themselves but with their audience. The core ensemble consists of fortepiano, flute, oboe, clarinet, natural horn and bassoon, but can contract or expand from duo to octet or beyond. With this flexibility of instrumentation, the group embraces the full repertoire of chamber music for wind instruments, with or without piano, from around 1750 to 1850.

Thalia Ensemble has gradually established a pre-eminence in the field of Classical and early Romantic chamber music. The group has performed extensively in the Netherlands, Belgium, England, Germany, Poland and Portugal, both at the leading early-music festivals and in more intimate venues, including several historic locations. It was named 'Selected Promising Ensemble' in the International Young Artist’s Presentation at the 2012 AMUZ in Antwerp, and won first prize in the 2013 York Early Music International Young Artists’ Competition at the NCEM.

All the ensemble's musicians are experts on historical performance practice. At ease on several members of their instruments’ families, some may also play the modern counterparts of their instruments as well as, for instance, the recorder, cornett, even cello. Their music making is always informed by the most up-to-date research into historical interpretation, and seeks to explore thoroughly the rich timbres of the different instrumental combinations of each programme.


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Hi-Fi News
4 Stars
'...the Thalia Ensemble plays historic or period copy instruments - and very well too.'
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Crescendo
4 Stars
« Comme souvent dans les interprétations « historiques », c'est l'indépendance des lignes qui est exploitée plutôt qu'une parfaite fusion des timbres. Mais si chaque musicien est à son tour soliste, les équilibres sont parfaitement réglés et les mélodies ressortent sans effort. Leur verve défend donc joyeusement cette musique sans prétention qu'on écoute avec plaisir. »
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Fanfare
'The performances are spirited.'


American Record Guide
'Rozema is solid on the natural horn, boasting a clean tone and superb technique...the group honestly pursues good balance, blend, and phrasing...'


Limelight Magazine
4 Stars
'Their performances, positively Baroque in their rhythmic bounce, have the beauty and intricacy of a music box - no gesture wasted, utterly charming to a fault.'
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BBC Radio 3 ‘Record Review’
'It's great repertoire to have...I think [the G major Quintet] is worth hearing just for the bassoon.'


The Arts Desk
'Do your bit for Reicha, and kick-start his revival by buying this charming disc.'
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Musicalifeiten
„Zoals gelukkig zo vaak bij blaasensembles klinkt de opname vrijwel ideaal.”
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The New Listener
„Wir hören mit den Musikerinnen und Musikern des Thalia Ensembles eine spannende und abwechslungsreiche Aufführung beider Quintette."
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Early Music Review
5 Stars
'Thalia Ensemble imbued the music with considerable individuality...perhaps not since Mozart and not until Nielsen did anyone write such accomplished chamber music for winds.'
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Gramophone
'These are infectious works, intended not to provoke but simply to delight, and in these elegantly shaped performances they do just that.'
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The Observer
'...they respond to Reicha's easy-going charm with skill.'
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