London Concertante

Bringing the second half alive with …. newfound energy. The combination of oboe and violin accompanied by harpsichord and pizzicato strings was magical
The Scotsman
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London Concertante demonstrates extraordinary versatility for a classical ensemble, with a sound that would feel as appropriate in a smoky jazz bar or Argentine tango club as it would in a concert hall. Their skill is summed up in Michaelangelo 70, a dramatic performance of feather-light virtuosity that is so tightly together that it would feel inhuman if there weren’t so much soul in the playing. Bravo.
BBC
compelling and entertaining ... wonderful playing ... This is a CD to raise the spirits, full of energy and commitment, richly expressive and inventive
Musicweb International
Heady stuff ... thrilling virtuoso playing. Exciting listening
Gramophone Magazine
Sheen and panache….refined sound….chunks of great music, played neat. Fresh, piquant sounds
The Times
Period style and talent for communicating the emotion behind the music…. further demonstrated London Concertante's range and versatility.
Nottingham Post
the phrasing had a grace and breadth, the sound a real glow
The Independent
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Drum-tight. This is superb playing
The Scotsman
played with the characteristic warmth and compassion that made their performance so thoroughly appealing ... exquisite
The Strad Magazine
The London Concertante was a pleasure to listen to. There was a snap to the rhythm, lively wind sound, a warmth and enjoyment to the playing
The Stage
A warm welcome always awaits the London Concertante players for their programmes are inevitably laced with wit and consummate artistry .... they radiated its melancholic beauty to perfection, and for encore the London Concertante's enormous versatility sent us smiling homeward with a gypsy-band performance of Summerhayes' insouciant Five Naked Ladybirds.
Bournemouth Daily Echo
to be relished ... they let the music show the full breadth of its textures ... all the light and shade you could wish.
Financial Times
Quality musicians. Quite excellent…pursuing each new pulse with the unanimity of a shoal of fish. [They] play with tone as soft as velvet, bow strokes that really sing and a Romanticist’s wide volume range
Evening Standard
First-class musicians …The muscle in each individual’s playing gave such a punch to Tchaikovsky’s writing …the piece’s bravura impact was heightened, not diminished by a sparsity of players. Extraordinary.
Sunday Express
The London Concertante, attractively youthful, fresh-faced, and with a heartwarming rapport both between themselves and with the audience … we savoured a soundscape ranging from Purcell to Tippett. Crisp, well-rounded and fresh, bringing huge emotional commitment and sense of structure
Birmingham Post
If you heard this recording without knowing who the players are, you’d swear you were listening to an authentic Latin band revelling in its native rhythms and melodies. You’d be totally amazed to find that it is an English all-string group called London Concertante, and that it recreates the Latin flavor without any Latin musicians, and the Latin sound without a bandoneon or percussion. Not that the players don’t generate percussive effects, but they do it with lots of pizzicato and by knocking on the wood of their instruments. They also produce sighs, whines, groans, even bird-calls with slides, ponticello, harmonics, mutes, and register changes. This disc is a must both for lovers of Latin music and of singularly spectacular string playing.
All Things Strings
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compelling and a fine celebration of multiculturalness in music
Audiophile Magazine
Peerless. London Concertante dig in throughout this disc, raising, if not the exact sound of Piazzolla's bandoneón, then certainly its requisite spirit. Tangos, Nuevo or viejo, are always about passion—unlikely as it may sound on paper, these string arrangements and energetic performances have a simmering, authentic gusto. ¡Olé!
Stereophile Magazine
chamber-music homage to tango great Astor Piazzolla is a sultry success
The Observer
…lovingly played by the London Concertante
Daily Express
London Concertante…play excellently, the whole ensemble sounding far more substantial than it is. This is stylish and sensitive
Evening Standard
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thoroughly impressive, with what can only be described as consummate artistry. The players to show off their individual virtuosity and well as the warmth and sensitivity of their ensemble playing.
Halifax Courier
wildly expressive and continually exciting
Limelight Magazine
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