Notes and Editorial Reviews
What makes the music of Brixi different from that of many of his countrymen? In his article on the Brixi clan in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Vladimir Novák notes that the music of František Brixi “is distinguished from that of his contemporaries by its fresh melodic writing, vivacious rhythm, and lively bass lines, and from that of his predecessors by its simple yet effective instrumentation.” Brixi’s music was much in demand and copies were distributed throughout Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia, Austria, and Bavaria. Brixi exerted a strong effect on Bohemian musical taste, and his lasting influence was partially responsible for Mozart’s sympathetic reception in Prague, even though Brixi had been dead for over a decade... Christian Schmitt’s playing is a model of its kind and Nicol Matt’s small ensemble performs with charm and elegance, exuding unforced stylistic grace and soft-grained beauty.
-- Michael Carter, FANFARE
reviewing the Brixi works, originally released as Brilliant Classics 93133
Vivaldi wrote almost no concertos for keyboard instruments... There are just the six here, all with violin, and one more for harpsichord. Two of these also add oboe and optional chalumeau (RV 779) or cello (RV 554). The first thing to note about this recording is that it has some of Vivaldi’s most spirited and inventive music, ebulliently played... Roberto Loreggian’s organ sounds like a fairly small positive organ. It is miked quite closely, so we also hear a lot of chiff and key-clacking, but he plays with great vivacity. [T]hese are wonderful pieces, played with enthusiasm.
-- Alan Swanson, FANFARE
reviewing the Vivaldi works, originally released as Brilliant Classics 94059