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"... wonderfully vital and buoyant performances of Handel's
oddly undervalued Sonatas for Violin and Continuo offer some
of the most refreshing, life-enhancing baroque violin playing
heard in years. . . . Superb continuo players David Schrader
and John Mark Rozendaal contribute to the real sense of ensemble
"Violinist Rachel Barton triumphs in her first release
for the Cedille label. . . . While the incisive articulation
and lively bravura of her fast movements are exhilarating,
lyrical sections are neatly contrasted, with Barton's singing
violin line poised and elegant."
"Barton and her colleagues play these sonatas in a manner
that reflects a serious study of baroque instrument style.
She uses a baroque bow with her modernized 17th-Century violin,
making a wonderfully warm yet still focused sound, and her
passage work is brilliant yet lyrical - much like the cascades
of a coloratura - and her ornamentation is both thoughtful
and virtuosic. This is a wonderful recording."
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"The exhilarating bravura of her incisive articulation
and sharply pointed rhythms is matched by Barton's singing
line in her poised and elegant lyrical movements."
"A spritely partnership between violin and 'cello, with
deft rhythmic accompaniment on harpsichord. 23-year-old Chicago
violinist Rachel Barton runs through the allegros agilely
and gives careful attention to the slower movements. The music's
virtuoso character is rendered with superb resonant double
and triple stopping and deemphasized dance motion in the allegros.
Barton lets the music's raw, improvised feeling hang out a
little, giving the recording a refreshing zest."
"But the most unusual aspect of Barton's Handel is the
convincing and imaginative way she embellishes the repeats
in the music - adding runs, ornaments, and flourishes that
give a different aspect to a phrase we've just recently heard.
. . . they help to enliven a cherishable disc."