Arioso Reviews

Times Critic's choice: ARIOSO at the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2010

'Corelli's trio sonata contained particularly expressive dialogues between the two violinists, Susan Marshall and Caroline Goddard.'

 'Bononcini's heartfelt aria 'Deh Lascia o core'  beautifully sung by Anne Falloon was thoughtfully accompanied by Martyn Hodgson on the theorbo.'

 'Exquisite music in a wonderful setting with first class acoustics (the newly restored  John Carr masterpiece in Horbury) - it was a magical evening.'

 'The ensemble took full advantage of the witty violin exchanges in Uccellini's 'Aria  sopra la Bergamasca' and played with great skill and enjoyment.'

 'An appreciative audience discovered the term 'baroque' embraces a surprising variety of musical styles, all driven by changes in fashion in sophisticated 17th and 18th century Europe.'

 'The Arioso ensemble - two singers and six musicians playing original instruments or  modern copies to capture the authentic sound of the period - had researched a fascinating programme of largely unfamiliar works by composers both famous and  obscure, and the 18th-century Halifax Square Chapel provided the perfect setting for such beautiful music.'

 'Sweet-voiced tenor Roger Betterton and soprano Anne Fallon sang well-characterised Spanish and Italian entrees from 'Les Ballet des Nations', with Monteclair's evocatively   pastoral 'La Bergere'  in a more typically French style.'

'Handel's 'Love in Her Eyes' from 'Acis and Galatea' sung by Roger Betterton was a well-projected example of the  English style.'

 'Anne Falloon, sympathetically accompanied by Martyn Hodgson on theorbo and  baroque guitar, delighted us all with a crystal clear voice, sensitive interpretation and controlled expression.