"...a vitality and very obvious enthusiasm for everything
that they perform... singing throughout was superb. Jairo Serrano
has just the right degree of edginess and flamboyance and exhibits
stunning virtuosity in the complex rhythms. The recorder playing
was stunning-there is no other word for it-and it was a real pleasure
to hear keyboard versions of some of the pieces... elaborate arrangements
were varied and imaginative. A very enjoyable disc. I hope there
will be further opportunities to hear the group perform this repertoire
in the not-too-distant future."
Monica Hall, Lute News, England, No. 120, Dec. 2016
"The members of Música Ficta are versatile musician-scholars
who treat their material with affection as well as authority. There
is something appealingly relaxed about their style-even in energetic
numbers-that removes all traces of concert-hall formality from their
music making. Given the quality of the music and performances, one
looks forward to seeing what they will offer us next."
Joshua Cohen, Fanfare, USA, No. 40:2, Nov/Dec. 2016
"I have followed Música Ficta for a number of years,
and over the course of time they have lost none of their vitality
and curiosity... energetic and eclectic performances, providing
a wonderfully timely setting. Voices are pure and accurate. This
is one excellent disc. If you want something off the beaten path,
this will be highly appealing to you. Highly recommended."
Bertil van Boer, Fanfare, USA, No. 40:2, Nov/Dec. 2016
"Above all, Música Ficta fascinates with an inspired,
highly colored and vigorous singing and playing."
Remy Franck, Pizzicato Journal about Classical Music, Luxembourg,
"...refreshing and enjoyable, with excellent sound and
performances in a great variety of music." (4 Stars ****)
Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition, USA, December 9, 2011
"Fresh and vigorous performances. A unique blend of scholarship
Andrew Mayes, The Recorder Magazine, UK, Autumn 2001
"Elegant release recommended for those intrigued by sacred
and secular Spanish baroque vocal music." AllMusic Award (4
James Manheim, AllMusic.com, USA, August 2011
"This recording is among the best I have heard of this
repertoire, and its inventiveness and vivacity is infectious. The
excellent booklet, with full texts and translations is a delight
in this age of informational minimalism."
Charles E. Brewer, American Record Guide, USA, May/June 2011
"Música Ficta sings and plays with infectious enthusiasm
Stephen Eddins, AllMusic.com, USA, February 2009
"The quartet performed an act of enchantment... spelling
tonight the largest country in the world. Russia wishes the return
of Música Ficta."
Jorge Petinaud, Latin Press, Moscow, Russia, Dec. 1, 2008
"With its soaring vocals, haunting woodwinds, virtuoso
guitars and harpsichord, Música Ficta takes listeners back
to the Baroque era and before. But there's a twist... and viva the
Susan Vand Dongen, Time Off, Princeton, NJ, USA, July 13, 2007
"A wonderfully diverse collection of music... Jairo Serrano's
clear, light tenor voice breathes life into everything he sings.
The lively performances of the songs, dances, and other pieces make
it easy for the listener to imagine musical life in a South American
city 300 years ago. Música Ficta's performances of European
music easily stand comparison with the finest early music ensembles,
and the rough-hewn syncopated energy of the folk music of the New
World is revelatory. The sound is crystalline and present; hearing
the singer's breath and the percussive attacks of the plucked strings
gives the music real immediacy. Sound: 4.5 Stars. Performance: 4.5
Stephen Eddins, AllMusic.com, USA, May 2007
"Música Ficta offers a fascinating perspective of
this Apollenean-Dyonisian mixture of the Latin-American baroque,
that musical apotheosis of feast and adoration in which it is difficult
to distinguish adoration of the celestial from the terrestrial.
For the listener, there are many discoveries; the repertoire offered
could well have been searched for in vain, until now. Despite meticulous
detail, the ensemble's performances avoid academic rigidity. There
is good reason for this recording to be nominated for a prize.
(5 stars *****)."
Erik Daumann, Klassik Magazin (Klassik.com), Germany, March
"...a very pleasing acquaintance with music rarely found
on recordings. ...a quite dramatic soliloquy, artfully and ardently
sung by tenor Jairo Serrano. Música Ficta deserves praise
for its efforts to keep this repertoire alive and striving to present
it in a form as true to its roots as possible. Anyone looking to
explore one of the more interesting but lesser-known corners of
early American music should definitely consider this program."
David Vernier, Classics Today, USA, March 2007
"Listeners with a taste for the lively and
exotic will find this music irresistible."
Gatens, American Record Guide, USA, Jan.-Feb. 2007
"...this disc is a top proposition, particularly for those
who have an appetite for the unusual."
Gerald Fenech, ClassicalNet, England, Jan. 22, 2007
"A superb production... an extremely coherent and specialized
ensemble... Vibrant presence and musical sensitivity. One of the
best sounds heard among the vast number of recent productions. This
CD definitely deserves a place of honor in the media library of
the demanding audiophile and the respected enthusiast."
Supersonic Pizzicato Award (5 stars
Pizzicato Classics, Luxembourg, Dec. 2006
"A superb album... leaves me hankering for more. This
is a first class production all around, one of the best I have heard
this year, and is to be acquired with urgency." (5
Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition, USA, Dec.
5 Stars *****
Musyka21, Poland, July 2006
"A highly recommended CD."
Alyson Lewin, The Recorder Magazine, UK, Summer 2005
"A great concert... impeccable technical control... admirable
impression, the full house was enthusiastic."
Svein Berg, Tonsbergs Blad, Norway, July 2, 2003
"The overflow audience was moved... the one and a half
hours concert proved too short. Hopefully they will come back."
M. I. Méndez Castelar, International Press Japan,
Tokyo, Sept. 2001
" Thanks to an accomplished performance, Spanish colonial
music made a belated entry to Singapore and was welcomed with open
Geoffrey Eu, Singapore Business Times, June 16, 2001
"Musica Ficta was delightful for being fresh, different
and unpretentious. It was an ear-washing trip that stood out in
the offerings at the Singapore Arts Festival."
Tan Shzr Ee, The Straits Times, Singapore, June 14, 2001
"L'interprétation passionnée de l'ensemble
colombien Musica Ficta confère à cette évocation
de l'Espagne de la Reconquista les couleurs les plus vives."
Marc Desmet, Le Monde de la Musique, France, June 2001
"From Bogota, a New World of baroque ... with rhythmic
vitality and a fine sense of color. Vocal music was sung with
style and expressive power."
Joseph McLellan, The Washington Post, December 6, 2000
" ...completely at home with the vocal and instrumental
style ...extremely effectively natural rhythmic impetus. ...they
have much to offer."
Ivan Moody, Goldberg Magazine, Spain / U.K., No. 11, May-July
"...some flamboyant, rhythmic revelry. ...the quality
of musicianship is quite extraordinary. ...one really gets
a feel for the driving spirit of early music which from so many
performances and recordings has been completely lost."
Adam J. Dopadlik, The Recorder Magazine, U.K., June 2000
"Their music exudes... an unaffected clarity far from
the sterile outpourings of many European ensembles, a tremendous
sense of enjoyment of the performers. ...full of life and
Adam J. Dopadlik, The Recorder Magazine, UK, March, 1997
"...un concert unique... une découverte."
Le Télégramme du Morbihan, France, June 19,