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Bach and His World at City Recital Hall in Sydney

Tafelmusik conjures the complex world of Bach

by Peter McCallum The Sydney Morning Herald

June 4, 2018

“Music director Elisa Citterio set a musical tone of joyful liveliness in Bach’s Sinfonia from Cantata BWV249 with rhythmically crisp, scrupulously articulated playing, rich tonal hues and bright colours.

The mellifluous majesty of the Ouverture from the Orchestral Suite No. 1, BWV 1066, and the ensuing fugue had transparent clarity and luminous tonal colour, while the orchestra’s impressive delivery of the whole program from memory enhances engagement and close listening.”

Safe Haven at Trinity-St Paul's Centre

Many rewards in Tafelmusik’s new Safe Haven

by John Terauds The Star

January 19, 2018

“The colonial powers may not have appreciated the music and instruments of their new properties, but we certainly can. Rather than let these non-European artists only showcase their talents on their own — we were treated to mesmerizing solos by both — Tounkara and Farahmand were also included in music performed by the whole orchestra, to beautiful effect.

We saw, heard and felt what it was like to have people from completely different traditions come together with a common purpose to do what musicians do best: entertain.”

J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation at La Jolla Music Society

Tafelmusik Baroque Brings Period Music and Sociology to La Jolla

by Ken Herman The San Diego Story

March 11, 2017

“Their vigorous account of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048, demonstrated how well the strings played together with a precise, tastefully balanced ensemble without aid of a conductor, a 19th-century convention unknown to Bach the several generations that followed him. […] For a farewell program to dear old Sherwood Auditorium, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra gave us a celebratory evening of great music, captivating historical context, and polished performance with ample conviction.”

J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation at Oberlin's Artist Recital Series

Oberlin Artist Recital Series: Tafelmusik in “J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation”

by Daniel Hathaway Cleveland Classical

March 7, 2017

“Bach’s music itself was at the center of the program, brilliantly performed from memory by eleven string players, two oboists, and a bassoonist (the harpsichordist read from a score). […] Although many of the musical selections were familiar, one not-so-familiar but wonderfully complex Adagio (an arrangement of the alto aria from Cantata BWV 42) was the highlight of the second half of the program. In more vivacious works like the Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 11 that closed the program, Tafelmusik played at lightning-fast tempos with extraordinary clarity.”

Tafemusik at Carnegie Hall

A Chance to Hear the Music That Louis XIV Used to Eat Breakfast To

by Zachary Woolfe The New York Times

March 19, 2014

“There was fire in the Allegro finale, as there was in the finale of Handel’s Concerto Grosso in B flat, in which the architecture of the fugal Allegro was made strikingly lucid. And the focused playing of Christina Mahler and Allen Whear in the slow movement of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor delivered everything.”