This Koch issue is a rerelease of an outing originally recorded in 1988 and released on Golden Apple, Hesperus's own label. Hesperus, based in Washington, DC, has a penchant for folk/classical fusions (e.g., the subtitle of the 1996 Dorian release—"Medieval improvisations for a postmodern age"), but this collection falls strictly within HIP orthodoxy. Reiss's sparkling playing is beyond reproach—who could resist the fizzing sopranino recorder of the Vivaldi that opens the collection? The string playing is generally capable, though on occasion it falls below the mark, as for example in the scrappy intonation of the unison playing in the Telemann. The recorded sound flatters both recorder and strings. Not essential for theRead more collector, but a pleasant visit with an American recorderist who certainly deserves a listen (and another such concerto collection).
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