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Guido Krawinkel, Bonner General-Anzeiger, 12. 05. 2015
One might have thought that it was going to be boring with Vivaldi and Telemann only. On the contrary, the last thing you could say about the performance of the Orkiestra Historyczna led by the concertmaster Martyna Pastuszka, is that it is monotonous: seven instrumentalists played with much freshness and momentum.
The first movement of Antonio Vivaldi?s Sinfonia in C major (RV 111a) resounded with such vigour that it captivated the audience from the very start. The Concerto in e minor (RV134), was beaming with wit and energy in its fugati, however, {oh!}?s performance was at no point careless or exaggerated.
?(...) A truly interesting moment came at the end of the concert with the performance of Telemann?s Quartett G-dur, which is often termed ?Concerto polonais?. The question of what was genuinely Polish in this piece is irrelevant: the stylistic contrast to the preceding suite was striking and shed light on the stylistic diversity of Telemann?s ouvre as well as on the uniquely colourful and refined performance of Orkiestra Historyczna.
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Helena Havlíkova, Hudební panorama, 04. 02. 2014
The rendition of Domenico Sarro?s Dido based on the libretto written by Pietro Metastasio is praiseworthy (...). In order to realise this performance, Brno-based artists led by Jan Čižmář joined forced with the early instrument ensemble Orkiestra Historyczna. The director Tomáš Pilař was in charge of the stage movement: the adaptation of Baroque gestures was loose, yet it illustrated the affections of the characters accurately (...) Although, the libretto of Pietro Metastasio opera seria with its alternating recitatives and ternary arias is considered formulaic and lifeless, the performers of Sarri?s Dido in Brno managed to bring out the drama of human emotions, which also affect the contemprary spectator. Author?s rating: 90%
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Boris Klepal, mestohudby.cz, 30. 01. 2014
Sarri?s opera was very meticulously prepared with particular emphasis placed on the recitatives. The continuo led by the harpsichord played brilliantly: Marcin Świątkiewicz prepared his part with immense grandeur, making the atmosphere in the concert hall become increasingly intense. In addition, he was not afraid to use dissonances. The ecstasy of music and the hedonistic aspect of Baroque music, which is often forgotten about in historically informed performance, radiated from him. Orkiestra Historyczna played energetically and confidently: the contrasts in mood and affections were as clear as they should be. The story of the Carthaginian queen Dido, abandoned by Eneas, who founded Rome at the order of the gods, deserves to be continued.
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Agnieszka Nowok, Ruch Muzyczny, 13. 07. 2013
(...) I hope that more Polish cities will be able to hear the {oh!} soon and sigh in admiration for their music. Therefore: Orkiestra Historyczna! Please, give us more!
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