The Father, the Son and the Godfather is a snapshot of a time when composers were offered a tremendous freedom in their choices of genres and styles and features three composers who knew each other well: J.S. Bach (the father), C.P.E. Bach (the son) and Georg Philipp Telemann (CPEs godfather). We thus get Johann Sebastians rigorous, intellectually demanding Sonata in B minor, ample examples of the elegant and tender Empfindsamer Stil of his son C.P.E., and in two Trio Sonatas a taste of Telemanns world music. This is the first recording of Paradiso Musicale, an ensemble featuring the acclaimed recorder player Dan Laurin and made up of an unusual combination of instruments.
It succeeds well in the hands of these artists and it is (the) last two items which prove the most enjoyable of their performances --IRR,Jan'12
Paradiso Musicale is an ensemble of compelling soloists, each with virtuosity and insight to burn, but it's nonetheless and ensemble in the ultimate sense, sparkling fruitful conversations yet speaking as one responsive voice. This is a hugely impressive debut disc. Performance ***** Recording ***** BBC MUSIC CHAMBER CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine,Feb'12
This is a very enjoyable disc.**** --Classical Music, Mar-May'12