The author Jolanda Steiner and the first-class baroque ensemble NeoBarock
This wonderful CD picture book celebrates freedom. The imitated animal voices and the sounds of instruments such as the theorbo or salterium are an experience. Virtuoso passages, subtle, expressive and wittily played music make this new release a musical experience with real added value for young and old.
2023 | musica-dei-donum.org (NL)
A real treasure
The ensemble NeoBarock always comes up with interesting programmes and recordings. This is another one: the subject matter is interesting and has been worked out in a varied and compelling way. It includes quite some pieces that are hardly known or not known at all.
NeoBarock is a very German ensemble, playing in the style of the former ensemble Musica antiqua Köln, which in my book is a strong recommendation. The technical brilliance, the intensity of expression, the rhetorical approach and strong dynamic accents are all things that speak in its favour.
The baroque hall of Troja Castle had an incredible musical experience on Monday
NeoBarock surprised with its lightness and incredible, often overwhelming virtuosity. The audience recognized this heroic achievement not only with long applause, but also with admiring words of praise and amazement.
28.02.2020 | Dag og Tid (Norway)
The innermost level
NeoBarock reveals the different levels of composition in Bach’s trio sonatas.
Some of Bach’s chamber music compositions must have been lost – the German string ensemble NeoBarock corrects this loss with the interesting album Metamorphose. …with resounding intonation and exceptional musical interaction and articulation.
24.02.2020 | Early Music Review (United Kingdom)
… nothing except delight.
In a substantial essay, the moving spirit of NeoBarock, Maren Ries, makes the case for the concerto version being a later adaptation, where nothing substantial is added to the doubling violin parts in the tuttis, and the viola adds only such harmonies as are implied by the bass, and indeed nothing is lost in their trio sonata version.
… masterly played, intellectually designed, with emphasis up to ecstasy but also with natural easiness and with grandeur in very soft, dance-like passages. NeoBarock masters the art of breathless pauses, the art of incredibly fascinating transitions, of playing melodies resting in itself as well as unbelievable rapid arpeggios and emotional crescendos over many bars. Echo effects which are exhausted to the limit captivate the audience. Sometimes you are asking yourself if the ensemble is still playing, when after a fiery forte a celestial pianissimo gleams from afar.
20.06.2017 | Fränkische Nachrichten (Germany)
The centrepiece of the concert was Mozart’s Divertimento for violin, viola and violoncello in E flat-major (KV 563), which seemed to be composed directly for NeoBarock. The rich and full sound of the only three musicians created the impression that you heard a full string orchestra in some passages. A complex piece of chamber music, which revealed under the hands of NeoBarock its true beauty.
29.06.2016 | Frankfurter Neue Presse (Germany)
A firework of music and passion and an unbelievable playing technique.
NeoBarock in the Brucknerhaus Linz Great music, played by NeoBarock virtuously, stylistically absolutely competent and with great passion. Performance: ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ (of 5)
Huffington Post (USA)
NeoBarock’s musical performances are stylistically brilliant, dynamic, passionate and on thecutting edge of where Bach in the 21st century is heading.
Schaffhauser Nachrichten (CH)
Magic moments with NeoBarock
… baroque music to fall in love with. NeoBarock played a sensuous musical firework without any bar of boredom.
Dag Og Tid (NO)
Fürther Nachrichten (DE)
Gold diggers at work.
A way of playing that you can’t get enough of. … artistic mastery that is undoubtedly part of a divine order.
Neue Westfälische Zeitung (DE)
Finest precision work
Fono Forum (DE)
… presented so passionately that it really gets under your skin.
That was a live concert of a quality that even the Saxon-Polish King August the Strong may rarely have heard: the concertante blend of the unified sound produced by the two violin virtuosi was constantly remarkable, a perfect fusion of virtuosity, musicality, richness of tone and vibrant stage presence.