Musica Pacifica  

Dancing In The Isles



“The playing is first-rate: full of bounce, stylish, and technically immaculate.” -- Johan van Veen; musica Dei donum

"Musica Pacifica are to be commended resoundingly on the sheer calibre of this presentation... there’s much to admire in the playing...[and] there’s an element of spontaneity in the English Court Masque construction that’s a real joy.” -- Early Music Today

“Fabulous playing by 'some of the finest baroque musicians in America' (American Record Guide) and ingenious juxtapositions make this a wonderful listen.” – Peter Grahame Woolf,  Musical Pointers

"These are sparkling performances, some sure to set your feet tapping and others expressing a delicate melancholy... this is a recording I can warmly recommend." -- Early Music Review, February 2011

"This is definitely an album that can be listened to with pleasure from beginning to end." -- American Recorder, March 2011

"Here there’s jollity aplenty . . . ending with a seriously kick-butt performance of Purcell’s Three Parts Upon a Ground. . . It’s delightful. As is everything else. There’s so much invention, so much attention to orchestration. . .  Everyone seems to get a solo turn, and every one is a hit. . . The 'big' pieces here . . . get performances as good as they’ve ever had. But the point of this CD is just to forget about composers and dance." -- San Francisco Classical Voice

"The Musica Pacifica Baroque Ensemble plays with both liveliness and a heap of suave. As appropriate for dances, they get the feet moving. Where they need to arrange, they do so with great elegance. If you want to give yourself a refreshing break... I recommend this." — Classical Net Review

"Musica Pacifica has been releasing recordings of their very elegant and stylish performances of Baroque music for a number of years and continue to do so with this CD, with a suitable 'letting down of hair' in the traditional music . . . an altogether first-class production." — The Recorder Magazine [UK], Summer 2011