Awards & Reviews

European Brandenburg Ensemble | Trevor Pinnock
CD "J.S. Bach – 6 Brandenburg Concertos"

European Brandenburg Ensemble - J. S. Bach - Six Concertos 160

Gramophone Award 2008 for Baroque Instrumental

Financial Times: 5/5 Stars
FM Magazine: 5/5 Stars

AVIE Records, UK 2007
Engineered and produced by Michele Gaggia / Digital Natural Sound
Recorded at the City Hall in Sheffield (UK) in December 2006/January 2007
http://www.gramophone.co.uk/awards/2008/baroque-instrumental

Reviews:

  • James Inverne, Gramophone, Editor's Choice – March 2008 "The playing, with an ensemble that brings together some of the world's leading Baroque specialists, is supreme."
  • Andrew Clark, Financial Times: 5/5 Stars "It’s a revelation to find the allegros played with such brio, to hear the wind voicing in the second and forth concertos so subtly balanced and articulated, to sense Bach’s daring instead of his order and discipline. This is now my first-choice recording of the Brandenburgs."
  • Richard Lawrence, Classic FM Magazine: 5/5 Stars "Pinnock's direction from the harpsichord is a model of crispness, and the build-up to his big solo will have you cheering."
  • Daily Express: 4/5 Stars "It’s a stunning recording and the ultimate vindication of Pinnock’s interests."
  • Gary Lemco, www.audaud.com "These performances by the eponymous Brandenburg Ensemble enjoy a warm, intimate sonic patina that often reminds one of their antique antecedents."
  • Andrew O'Connor, International Record Review "This new glorious set ... can be unreservedly recommended."

Trevor Pinnock | Double-CD "J. S. Bach Partitas I-VI"

Trevor Pinnock - J. S. Bach 6 Partitas 160

Gramophone Award 2001 for Baroque Instrumental

Stereophile online: "excellent sound ... rich, warm, and resonant ..."

Hänssler / Bachakademie Stuttgart, DE 2001
Engineered and produced by Michele Gaggia / Digital Natural Sound
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gramophone_Award#2001

Reviews:

  • "... The warm, full, rather resonant recording beautifully captures the rich sound of his fine instrument – a David Way copy from 1983 of a Hemsch original – as well as the detail of his playing. ..."
  • Stereophile online review: "The recorded sound is also excellent. If you speak while touching the case of a good harpsichord, you can feel it tremble, as if it were eager to sing. The sound of this set captures that feeling, being rich, warm, and resonant, without emphasizing the plucked attacks of the instrument (a 1983 re-creation by David Way of a Hemsch original). The occasional low bass notes have delicious weight, without booming, and when Pinnock uses a damped stop, the cascading notes illuminate the recording space in a most pleasing manner."
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Jonathan Manson, Trevor Pinnock | CD "Sonatas for Viola da Gamba & Harpsichord"

Jonathan Manson - Trevor Pinnock - J. S. Bach - Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord 160

BBC Music: 5/5 Stars Sound Quality, 5/5 Stars Performance

AVIE Records, UK 2006
Engineered and produced by Michele Gaggia / Digital Natural Sound
Recorded in September 2005 in Crear (Scotland)

Reviews:

  • BBC Music: 5/5 Stars for Sound Quality, 5/5 Stars for Performance
  • Classic FM Magazine: 5/5 Stars "... the balance is excellent"
  • Metro Newspaper: 5/5 Stars "... Everything connects – the quality of the playing, the joie de vivre of the performers, the warmth of the acoustic – and it all adds up to something that hums with the mystery of the captured moment. [...] A performance of luminous beauty."

Paola Erdas | CD "Jean-Henry D'Anglebert – Pieces de Clavessin en Manuscrits"

Paola Erdas - J.-H. dAnglebert - Pieces de Clavessin 160

MUSICA magazine (Dec. 2006): 5/5 Stars
AMADEUS magazine (Feb. 2007): 5/5 Stars

ARCANA, FR 2006 [3464858013372]
Engineered and produced by Michele Gaggia / Digital Natural Sound
Recorded in June 2006 at Temple Farel, la Chaux-de-Fonds (CH)

Reviews:

  • MUSICA magazine: 5/5 Stars (Dec. 2006)
  • AMADEUS magazine: 5/5 Stars (Feb. 2007)
  • Kemer Thomson: "This recording is outstanding on all fronts: the recording sound, the instrument and the performance."

Paola Erdas | CD "Perrine"

Paola Erdas - Perrine 160

Editor's choice in "CD Classica" magazine October '96

Stradivarius Dulcimer / MEC Records Milano, IT 1996
Engineered and produced by Michele Gaggia
Recorded in Chartres (FR) on the "Delin 1768" Harsichord from the Kenneth Gilbert instrument collection

Reviews:

  • Editor's choice in "CD Classica" magazine October '96
  • "...sound quality: excellent. Natural sound, well spaced..."
  • received full marks for interpretation and sound quality in many other magazines

Trevor Pinnock | CD "J. Ph. Rameau – Les Cyclopes"

Trevor Pinnock - J. Ph. Rameau - Les Cyclopes 160

BBC Music (May 2005): 5/5 Stars Sound Quality, 4/5 Stars Performance
Sunday Times (06 March 2005): 4/5 Stars Quality
Toccata Press: "FANTASTIC recorded sound ... genuinely ear-boggling"

AVIE Records, UK 2005
Engineered and produced by Michele Gaggia / Digital Natural Sound
Recorded in July 2004 in Scotland on the famous Goermans/Taskin harpsichord (1764-1783) of the Russel Collection (Edinburgh)

Reviews:

  • BBC Music (May 2005): 5/5 Stars for Sound Quality, 4/5 Stars for Performance
    "The crisp definition of the recording faithfully transmits the unique qualities of the Goerman harpsichord […] Those who revere sophistication and sheer beauty of sound should choose Pinnock."
  • Martin Anderson – Toccata Press/Toccata Classics [www.toccatapress.com]: "It is astonishing, really astonishing: TP’s electric performances aside, the recorded sound is of an immediacy that has my ears out on stalks. […] FANTASTIC recorded sound, vivid, depth, everything you could want; genuinely ear-boggling."
  • Sunday Times (6th March 2005): 4/5 stars quality
  • Music Week (12th March 2005): "Trevor Pinnock scooped a Gramophone Award a few years ago for his acclaimed recording of Bach’s keyboard Partitas. His latest release of Rameau harpsichord pieces on Avie is every bit the prize winner’s equal and often its superior. […] Prepare for a flood of five-star reviews for this outstanding title."
  • RR (May 2005): "The Goermans/Taskin is a superb example of its type, rendered here in a recording of absolute clarity"

Bogdan Bacanu | CD "Marimba D'Amore"

Bogdan Bacanu - Marimba dAmore 160

www.klassik.com: 4/5 Stars Sound, 4/5 Stars Interpretation, 4/5 Starts Repertoire

Classic Concert Records, AT 2004
Music by Keiko Abe
Engineered and produced by Michele Gaggia / Digital Natural Sound
Recorded in Linz (AT) on ADAMS Marimba

Review:

  • www.klassik.com: 4/5 stars for sound, 4/5 stars for interpretation, 4/5 starts for repertoire
    "Interessant [...] die Anmerkungen zum Thema Aufnahme und Mikrophonaufstellung, gerade weil der transparente und natürliche Klang der Marimba, der auf das Konto von Michele Gaggia geht, auf diesem Album wesentlich zum Gelingen beiträgt."

Daisuke Suzuki | CD "Rito"

Daisuke Suzuki - Rito 160

Artistic Recording '95, Japan: 98/100 Points Recording Quality

Fontec, JP 1995
Engineered and produced by Michele Gaggia

Review:

  • Artistic Recording '95, Japan: 98/100 points for recording quality

 

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