Trio Sonatas for Two Violins and Basso Continuo
Release date March 2016
"The Brook Street Band bring some spectacularly fine playing... making this a Handel disc not to be missed"
"...crisp, lithe, foot tapping rhythms as the Band weaves some very fine lines - a real joy."
"The Brook Street Band bring some spectacularly fine playing to these works, lithe, and beautifully shaped with some lovely sonorities and terrific ensemble, not to mention moments of terrific spontaneity."
"They bring out a vivacity and joy in all the works, with highly charismatic performances. There is a liveliness and immediacy in their playing of the faster movements, and a nice sense of lyricism in the slower ones."
"You sense the players great enjoyment of the music and their eagerness for you to enjoy it to. Technically these are very fine, but it is this sense of joy which makes the disc a must."
"fresh, lively performances"
"[The band members] approach everything with a spring in their step, relishing the harmonic crunches and keeping everything vital and vivacious."
Sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord
Release date March 2015
"Theo and Gibley, founding members of the famed Brook Street Band, give it their all in smashing performances... sturdy, gracious and consistently alert..."
"...there is a close match between cello and a harpsichord of cutting transients which fits the businesslike virtuosity of much of the playing. Choice of tempi cannot be faulted and rhythm is exact..."
"...an impressive recording and some infectious music-making from two performers who clearly take great pleasure in playing together."
Handel Trio Sonatas Op. 2
Release date October 2013
'These are grown-up performances from the Brook Street Band. Finely balanced, deliciously spiced, infectiously musical!'
'The Brook Street Band's performances have a well-blended, soft-textured finish and, rhythmically, an easy grace.'
'What an enjoyable recording this is!... The Brook Street Band play with superb style and enthusiasm; they have appropriately varied the instrumentation of the individual sonatatas, and thier programme order makes perfect sense... prepare to be beguiled...'
'...the music is unfailingly graceful and inventive and, in the hands of sensitive musicans such as these, it springs to life from the written page.'
Dixit Dominus - A. Scarlatti, Handel
Release date May 2013
'...an absolutely superb performance here from the Brook Street Band and the Choir of Queen's College, Oxford. ...everything about this album represents British Baroque performance at its best.'
'The playing of The Brook Street band is mouth-watering in its simple quality of musicianship, a standardard that is upheld throughout... A disc of unusually high calibre.'
'...performances of the highest quality, with the Queen's choir at its best and the alert instrumentalists fully committed in their playing... Highly recommended.'
J S Bach Trio Sonatas
Release date October 2010
'With unaffected performances of remarkable freshness and vitality... the exuberance is all BSB's own. [Tatty] Theo's bass is clear and firm throughout, providing a centre of gravity for violinists Rachel Harris and Farran Scott to really dance... The variety of string articulation together with [Carolyn] Gibley's discrete harmonisations further serve both to enliven and to elucidate Bach's musical arguments. Superb... This is a must-have album.'
'The Brook Street Band plays stylishly, with well-nigh impeccable intonation and tremendous verve... Delightful.'
'The Brook Street Band has a trademark playing style that's communicative, energetic and very very zingy in every department... the playing has such deftness and verve that time flies by... in chamber music from this period, you won't find more winning and winsome playing.'
Handel's English Cantatas
Release date September 2008
'...Nicki Kennedy and Sally Bruce-Payne are superb vocalists, every English diphthong beautifully articulated, but the big hand belongs to the four-piece band... for the richness of their sound, a delight from start to close.'
'...the Band is as deliciously poised and pertinent as ever.'
'Handel recycles some of his best tunes in vocal music that's a fresh as a summer's day. Lovely ensemble playing and expressive soloists.'
'As always, The Brook Street Band has a delightfully light touch, never solemn, and they are beautifully complemented here by the clear Baroque soprano of Nicki Kennedy and the rich alto of Sally Bruce-Payne.'
'Essential listening for all Handelians, and the performances are first class.'
Handel 'Cello' Sonatas
Release date February 2007
'...The enterprising Brook Street Band... the infectious enthusiasm of these all-female virtuosi seems likely to bring them another Classic FM hit.'
'Bags of charm on this disc of transcribed recorder sonatas. Theo's Baroque cello plays mostly high where the tone is dry and appealing.'
'...These performances have a powerful stamp of authority about them... Theo's beautiful sense of line and utterly natural phrasing. Perhaps the most striking thing about these performances is the sense of total unity between both players. These are two musicians coalesced into a single entity, dancing with a wonderful unanimity of purpose... Handel himself would have found real cause for celebration.'
'...a rave review... so convincing are Tatty Theo and Carolyn Gibley's accounts of them... all beautifully balanced... please do enjoy this unusual and unexpected delight!'
'...vivacious and ardent music making... a thoroughly enjoyable and expertly played CD'
'...the playing of the two-person Brook Street Band is expressive and lively... the impact made by this music and its persuasive and technically brilliant advocates here... This CD is recommended... The whole is pleasing, very pleasing'
Handel Trio Sonatas Opus 5
Release date July 2005
'...the Brook Street Band. The smartest new baroque band around, they deliver these seven sonatas with consistent panache and musicality... if you need instant sunshine, play this disc.'
'so infectious is the enthusiasm of these gifted players for their Baroque master that you will find it hard to suppress a smile at the sheer energy and effervescence that bounce out of this disc'
'The Brook Street Band are a lively ensemble of period instrumentalists, always stylish, occasionally daring in their expressive response to this glorious music...'
'The four members of the Band play with flawless ensemble and beautifully controlled intonation, their unruffled and confident approach underlined by their generally comfortable pacing...'
'The Band is highly polished... and infectiously enthusiastic'
'They play Handel with sprightliness and a joie de vivre that lets you know this composer will never go out of style... the performances on this CD have such spontaneity...'
'[Handel Trio Sonatas Op.5 No.4] was the highlight of the afternoon and no member of the audience managed to keep their feet still. Everything about this seemed perfectly judged: the precipitous glissandi from Rachel Harris on first violin, echoed by Farran Scott on second, with spot-on tuning and improvisatory feel throughout'
Handel Oxford Water Music
Release date November 2003
'The Brook Street Band... are gaining quite a reputation for their stylish and imaginative programmes. They bring a delightful freshness and lack of affectation... playing in a vivacious style... that makes it very clear that they are enjoying themselves. Their pleasure in the music is infectious.'
...The Brook Street Band... play with style and zest, keeping the rhythms light and springy and ornamenting deftly... eager continuo... delightful music-making, with violinists sparring elegantly in the faster numbers and bringing a delicate sense of timing and colour to the slow movements.'
'No matter how many recordings of this music you may already have, if you buy one Baroque music disk this year, let it be this one... It is a tremendous pleasure to be a reviewer when a disk like this comes along... [a] magical balance of crispness, bounce, swing, sweetness and dignity... The Brook Street Band are stratospheric in quality...'
'It's a delight to hear vigorous yet informed playing, combined with such a crisp, well-balanced recording... Well researched and compiled... the accomplished performances of Handel's earliest version of the famous Water Music suites are fresh and sparky, enlivening this all-too familiar music.'