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LONDON HANDEL PLAYERS
“This review could be reduced to just three words: ‘Buy this recording’. In the eighteenth century the London publisher John Walsh produced arrangements for home performance of excerpts from the hugely-popular Handel operas. On this disc Rachel Brown and the London Handel Players give performances that are perfection itself, with a dazzling beauty of tone and of phrasing, a breadth of colours and a range of dynamics that are employed to serve the music and to entertain the listener. More than that, this recording is full of the most delicious music you could ask to hear, and the players give every indication of loving every note they play.”
Pan (British Flute Society Magazine), September 2006 (“Handel at Home”)
"In September 2005, I was much taken with a recording of Handel's Trio Sonatas, Op.5 from this same source. Now, the London Handel Players, with exactly the same recording team, in the identical venue, have come up with equally delectable results in a further set of Trio Sonatas, this time known as the composer's Op.2…From the moment Rachel Brown's delicately warbling wooden flute begins the pastoral Andante that opens the B minor Sonata that is first on the disc, one simply surrenders. Ben Connellan, the recording engineer, conjures the ideal sound from the church in Walthamstow that is the chosen location….Lovers of Handelian affettuoso in particular need not hesitate."
International Record Review, May 2009 (Handel Trio Sonatas Op.2)
"The guests from London opened the concert with their musical visiting-card, Handel's trio sonata in A major HWV396. What was immediately apparent was the pure, velvety and wonderfully expressive flute playing of Rachel Brown. It is not impossible to believe that this was the sort of sound that Orpheus himself might have been capable of - that the person playing the flute in this way was capable even of softening stones. Adrian Butterfield joined Rachel on his gut-strung violin and matched her playing with his supple, soft and mellow tone. That he is also a gripping, virtuoso performer with a deep musical understanding was evident later from his fiery presentation of a Leclair sonata. The basso continuo which was played by Katherine Sharman on the gamba and Laurence Cummings on the harpsichord was in the best of hands.”
Göttinger Tageblatt 7.6.11 (Concert at the Göttingen International Handel Festival)
"Consummate skill and musicianship"
New York Times, 30th January, 2012 (Concert at the Frick Museum)
"The playing, both individually and collectively, is impeccable and the result is a very significant recording indeed."
Early Music Review, April 2013 (Geminiani, Op.1)