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Trio Sonatas for Two Violins and Basso Continuo
Release date March 2016
The Brook Street Band celebrates its 20th anniversary as a leading light and champion of the music of Handel with another imaginative album that completes the ensemble's survey of Handel's Trio Sonatas for two violins and continuo. A bonus is an arrangement for two violins and basso continuo of the overture to Handel's oratorio Esther.
"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
The Brook Street Band has easily earned its reputation as "the smartest new baroque band around" (The Times, London). Among today's most notable Handel specialists, the group's founder, cellist Tatty Theo, and harpsichordist, Carolyn Gibley, turn their attention for only the second time to the music of J. S. Bach as well as his son Carl Philip Emmanuel. Like father, like son, each wrote three Sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord. These works have long been a valued part of the cello repertoire, but this recording is the first to make use of a regular four-string baroque cello.
"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
'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...'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'