Best Baroque Instrumental Album
BBC Music Magazine
'...the players combine wit, taste and an earthy Bohemian wink to win the heart.'
'Supersonic Award' from Pizzicato December 2012
These sonatas represent the most spectacularly challenging music ever written for wind instruments in terms of their utopian demands on the technique of the players, their musical integrity and their breathtaking scale. This repertoire saw the ensemble awarded both first prize and the audience prize at the 2007 Brugge International Competition.
The recording made the Baker and Taylor 'Hotlist': '[a] gorgeous disc ...the members of Ensemble Marsyas acquit themselves beautifully. Strongly recommended.'
The Edinburgh based chamber group comprises the best of a new generation of musicians specialising in early music from across Europe. Ensemble Marsyas is Peter Whelan - bassoon, Josep Domènech Lafont - oboe, Molly Marsh - oboe, Thomas Dunford - theorbo, Philippe Grisvard - harpsichord/organ, Christine Sticher - violone.
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'The realism and dimensionality with this fine Linn release should not be missed.'more >>Daily Telegraph
'The brilliant playing of Ensemble Marsyas is fully equal to Zelenka's virtuoso demands, and the music's vivacity is matched by its elegance.'more >>Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist
'Strongly recommended to all early music collections.'more >>Limelight Magazine
'These sonatas are superb examples of the quadro sonata, a genre in which all four voices were given fully independent parts.'American Record Guide
'an outstanding recording'more >>Fanfare
'Everyone blends well and the tone colors are striking...'more >>PSTracks
'If you think you know Baroque music, you're in for a series of pleasant shocks...It's the recording I have played and replayed the most this month.'more >>audaud.com
'virtuosic to an extreme degree.'more >>SA-CD.net
'If you think you know Baroque music, you're in for a series of pleasant shocks.'more >>Pizzicato
'Super Sonic Award': Review in Frenchmore >>BBC Music Magazine
Chamber Choice: '...the players combine wit, taste and an earthy Bohemian wink to win the heart.'more >>Music Web International
'These works are witty, enjoyable, enterprising and challenging...'more >>Gramophone
'Zelenka revival arrives at the chamber works.'more >>Double Reed News
Zelenka in Scotlandmore >>International Record Review
'They bring bags of bite and energy to the unison theme of the opening ritornello movement...'more >>Music Web International
'...direct and exciting – still refined and beautifully transparent of sound, but with greater impulse and energy.'more >>The Irish Times
These sonatas, by Jan Dismas Zelenka, may be nearly 300 years old, but the Bohemian composer's music has lost nothing of its capacity to surprise.more >>The Herald
'Why there's an air of genius in the wind'more >>The Observer