Musica Pacifica  











“This is one of the most exciting Baroque recordings I’ve heard in some time. . . This Baroque group is considered one of the best in the world, and they deserve it. . . Their standards of accuracy and virtuosity sound higher than most of the other early music ensembles which have received attention and popularity. . . A magically fresh approach to Baroque works for certain!” – Audiophile Audition, 2008

“If you’re looking for a dynamic Baroque recording featuring virtuoso performers at the top of their game, this is it.” -- Minnesota Public Radio, April 15, 2008

"...A performance that would make me want to hear this group’s live concerts — or listen to its record again and again and again." -- San Francisco Classical Voice


“This recording is a pleasure throughout. . . simply fantastic playing.”  – Ameriican Recorder, November 2008

“Ravishingly beautiful . . .warm, expressive, and intensely alive to every nuance, this is playing to ravish the
senses.” — Fanfare Magazine

“Musica Pacifica has established itself as one of the finest Baroque ensembles in the country.” — Early Music America, Fall 2008

"The concertos by Vivaldi are very fine pieces and are given splendid performances. The Concerto in F is played in a dramatic fashion, with strong dynamic accents.

"Therefore every recording of these brilliant [Tartini] concertos is very welcome, particularly when performed to such exalted standards as here by Elizabeth Blumenstock. The first movement is very virtuosic and played with technical assurance and panache by Ms Blumenstock.

"Sammartini's recorder concerto receives a very good interpretation. The first movement is played with fire. In the slow movement Judith Linsenberg plays some beautiful ornaments and a virtuosic cadenza towards the end. In the bassoon concerto Michael McCraw gets and takes the opportunity to display the qualities of his instrument as well as his own capabilities as performer.

"I thoroughly enjoyed this disc. It contains first-rate music in very theatrical and technically brilliant performances." –– Johan van Veen, MusicWeb International