Albums

Albums

Vivaldi – Recorder Concertos, The Four Seasons

Cover shot of Vivaldi concerto CD

This album sees the light, bright sopranino recorder concerto in C major contrasting with more serious and darker works for the alto/treble recorder, in A minor and C minor. There’s also a fresh new take on The Four Seasons by Feinstein Ensemble leader Catherine Manson.

Reviews

In the brilliant work in C Major, Feinstein’s tempo makes the first and third movements’ passagework sound all the more virtuosic, though he relaxes to play the slow movement with affecting lyricism. The somber Concerto in C Minor that follows displays yet another side of Feinstein’s musical personality; though it’s still brilliant, it offers more frequent opportunities for introspective reflection. Throughout these concertos, Feinstein and his Ensemble produce sonorities generally close to those suggested by historically informed practitioners; yet they eschew the abrasive contrasts that characterize performances of ensembles like Il Giardino Armonico and The Venice Baroque Orchestra and allow more subtle increases and decreases in dynamic level to underline the logic of the melodies’ movement. Warmly recommended.
FANFARE (USA)

Showcasing Martin Feinstein and his six-member period instrument ensemble, Feinstein has a lovely tone and a great deal of fun playing these works. Articulation is superb, all the parts come through clearly.
CLASSICAL.NET

Available for immediate purchase from Barn Cottage Records and on most download and streaming services.


J S Bach – Sonatas for flute and harpsichord

Cover image of J S Bach Sonatas for flute and harpsichord CD

Feinstein ensemble director Martin Feinstein and harpsichordist Robin Bigwood come together on this disc to perform vital new readings of 5 chamber works by J S Bach: the sonatas in B minor, E major, E minor and A major, and their own arrangement of the trio sonata in G major BWV 1039.

Available for immediate purchase from Barn Cottage Records and on most download and streaming services.