Purcell Quartet, Hyperion
“The recording acoustic is ideally resonant, the stero image effective, and details always clear. Recommended with enthusiasm.”
Nicholas Anderson, Gramophone
Mackintosh, on top form, acts her role with the utmost virtuosity, lovely tone, unimpeachable intonation, and fine style. The OAE rise to the occasion, making this splendidly engineered recording one to treasure … a definitive account of Vivaldi’s glorious viola d’amore concertos, one to revel in.Vivaldi, Viola d'amore Concertos
For Catherine Mackintosh and Geoffrey Govier the “rules” of historically informed performance have become second nature; we get the impression they’re playing for sheer enjoyment of the music.
Duo Amadè, Chandos
“Duo Amadè bring a wealth of insight to their stylish and well-recorded performances, making this release eminently recommendable”
Graham Rogers, BBC Review
“Perfectly matched players in magical performances of Mozart”
Duncan Druce, The Gramophone
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Catherine Mackintosh and The Purcell Quartet have recorded a huge range of music exclusively for Chandos, including works by Purcell, Corelli, Lawes, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Weckmann, Buxtehude, Leclair, Schütz, Couperin and Biber, to outstanding critical and public acclaim.
Catherine Mackintosh made numerous recordings with Purcell Quartet and other ensembles and orchestras for Hyperion labels, featuring renowned artists such as James Bowman, Paul Goodwin and Lynn Dawson among them.
Named a ‘Choice’ recording by Gramophone upon release, the OAE joyfully celebrate some of Vivaldi’s finest instrumental writing.
The soloists are drawn from within the distinguished ranks of the OAE including Anthony Robson (oboe), Andrew Clark (horn), Roger Montgomery (horn), David Watkin (cello), Lisa Beznosiuk (flute), Elizabeth Kenny (lute) and Catherine Mackintosh (viola). The concertos assembled on this disc afford the listener a glimpse of Vivaldi’s originality, not only as a sensitive colourist and master of form, but also as a felicitous melodist whose harmonies and phraseology are charged with heady atmosphere. The dancing rhythms and distinctive characters of these concerti together with the variety of instrumental combinations and sparkling performances make this a fresh and constantly engaging listen.
Catherine’s extensive discography includes over 40 recordings with the Purcell Quartet (Chandos, Hyperion), Bach violin concertos (Hyperion), Bach sonatas with Maggie Cole (Chandos), Vivaldi viola d’amore concertos with OAE (Hyperion) nominated for a Gramophone Award and Mozart duo sonatas with Duo Amadè. She also made countless best-selling recordings for Decca with AAM.