"This recording’s chief interest, apart from the high quality performances, is Jonathan Talbott’s use of a Renaissance violin. It's sound is a revelation, mellow yet firm and reedy... capable of an equally wide range of tonal nuances... Talbott nimbly executes the fast and florid pieces, but is equally adept in more solemn pieces such as Schop’s magnificent arrangement of Striggio’s madrigal Nasce la pena mia."
"Étienne Nau's unforgettable solo "Fantasie" is a deeply felt, highly personal expression which contrasts utter simplicity with fizzing fireworks. Stunningly played here by Talbott with finely-graduated passion... As the star of the disc, Talbott's playing is quite superb... His nimble articulation is a model of clarity, tuning is immaculate and technical mastery self-evident.
"Jonathan Talbott's violin playing proved that the virtuoso was not purely a 19th century phenomenon."
"Violist Jonathan Talbott liet horen dat de status van virtuoos niet iets is van de 19e eeuw."
"Another extremely worthy project... One of very few discs of such works and, as such, is pretty much a 'must hear' for anyone seriously interested.
– Early Music Review
"Jonathan Talbott follows in the footsteps of the forgotten violin virtuosi and gives... a very direct and extremely able interpretation."
"Jonathan Talbott treedt in de voetsporen van de vergeten vioolvirtuozen en geeft... een zeer directe en razendknappe vertolking."
"Jonathan Talbott's playing, which vividly phrased, ample in tone, and focussed to the very finest of pin points, had the additional advantage of looking a wee bit strange. The instrument was not being held under the chin, the way BSO violinists and other such solid citizens do it, but held in the crook of the arm. What did this picture say? Poor vulnerable thing -- giving off such lamentations, needing to be cradled..."
"The music making was fresh and lively; Talbott, on his soprano violin, showed himself to be a master of the art of baroque ornamentation."
"Musiziert wurde frisch und lebendig, wobei Talbott auf seiner Diskantvioline sich als Meister barocker Verzierungskunst auswies."
"The Sonata a Violino solo (1681) by Biber made a great impression with the passionate and virtuoso playing by violinist Jonathan Talbott... The communicative playing between the vioin and theorbo in the sonata no. III by Biber was a feast for the ears."
"Daarnaast maakte de Sonata Violina solo 1681 van Biber, met de gedreven en virtuoos spelende violist Jonathan Talbott grote indruk... Oorstrelend was ook het samenspel tussen viool en theorbe in de sonata no.III van Biber."
"It wasn't just Talbott's grace under pressure that ensured a successful performance. He played mighty well, too. In fact, he played with more style and expression than many professionals. He showed a maturity and flair for the music that was quite winning. The audience was on its feet at the end."
–The Oregonian, 21.02.1988
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