Nov./Dec. 2011 | Toccata – Alte Musik aktuell (DE)
CD of the month
April/May 2012 | ensemble – Magazin für Kammermusik (DE)
Sound ∗∗∗∗∗ (outstanding)
Interpretation ∗∗∗∗∗ (outstanding)
March 2012 | Fono Forum (DE)
Already with chamber music by Kirnberger NeoBarock staged a surprise coup. The same goes for the new CD with chamber music by Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel. … NeoBarock plays so affectedly that it really gets under your skin.
Music ∗∗∗∗∗ (outstanding)
Sound ∗∗∗∗ (very good)
April 2013 | Early Music Review (GB)
Perhaps the best known of Stölzel’s instrumental pieces are his Enharmonic keyboard sonata and the Partia in G minor, as transcribed for keyboard by J. S. Bach for his son, Wilhelm Friedemann. Both of these are recorded here. The remainder of the disc is filled with four trio and three quartet sonatas, all beautifully played – the violins balance beautifully, yet with their distinctive timbres they are clearly distinguishable, the cellist varying attack and touch to each note, giving the bass line true shape, and the continuo player fulfilling the accompaniment role without ever clouding the violins. NeoBarock also enjoy themselves – they are quite happy to accelerate or decelerate for musical effect (in the 12/8 movement of the opening C minor sonata), but always stylish (they even match ornamentation in the canonic final movement of the same piece). They even include a piece I did not know before (there is a hint of surprise there, as I have edited most of Stölzel’s chamber music!), which is a delightful quadro for violin, viola, cello and continuo.