PRESS REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

"...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, August 2016

"...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 and performance."

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 Stars ****)

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 and flair."

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 difference."

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 Stars."

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 25, 2007

"...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 stars *****)

Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition, USA, Dec. 2006

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 arms."

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 2000

"...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 vitality..."           

Adam J. Dopadlik, The Recorder Magazine, UK, March, 1997

"...un concert unique... une découverte."

Le Télégramme du Morbihan, France, June 19, 1994

 

PRESS REVIEWS GALORE

"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 difference."

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 Stars."

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 25, 2007

"...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

"An exciting issue. Performances are not only first rate but also in complete empathy with this very special music domain. The delicate sound quality with some top-notch annotations make this disc a top proposition, particularly for those who have an appetite for the unusual."       

Gerald Fenech, ClassicalNet, England, Jan. 22, 2007

"A superb production for enjoying the New World. 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... an elegantly ordered recital with a taste of just about everything, and it 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 stars *****)

Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition, USA, Dec. 2006

5 Stars *****

Musyka21, Poland, July 2006

"This disc jumps on the fast-moving bandwagon carrying Baroque music from Latin America. Attractive music... a terrific clash of sacred and secular elements. The album's title track is a delightful one. Serrano's diction brings home the sense of the lyrics. A worthwhile entry into the growing library of performances of early music from Latin America."   AllMusic Award (****)        

James Manheim, AllMusic, USA, November 2006

"Música Ficta has not lost an inch of its interpretative spontaneity, which is its trademark, and transmits joy and conviction to the listener. Excellent technical quality."     

Emilio Sanmiguel, Revista Credencial, Colombia, January 2006

"A fascinating perspective of Peruvian music in the 17th century."     

Crescendo - das klassikmagazin, Germany, Feb. 2006

"...the singer carries off effortlessly an interesting array of pyrotechnical sound effects... the recorder is fine and full, the playing energetic, moving effortlessly between sustained phrases and florid passagework.  A highly recommended CD."  

Alyson Lewin, The Recorder Magazine, UK, Summer 2005

"Su presentación constituyó el clímax de la edición 2004 del Festival de Música en Otoño.  La calidad interpretativa, el cuidadoso perfil del programa y la altísima calidad de cada uno de los ejecutantes dieron un gozo continuo durante toda la velada."  

Alejandro Fernández, El Norte, Monterrey, México, October 29, 2004

"A great concert... impeccable technical control... admirable impression, the full house was enthusiastic."        

Svein Berg, Tonsbergs Blad, Norway, July 2, 2003

"Este espléndido grupo 'me atrapó' y disfruté profundamente su propuesta, cuya interpretación me pareció rica, variada y colorida, pero sobre todo, vital."       

Lázaro Azar , La Reforma, México DF, October 30, 2002

"Pero las ovaciones (del Festival Misiones de Chiqutitos) se dieron con Música Ficta.  Se comprobó que en este grupo es pecado ser aburrido, fue uno de los espectáculos más aplaudidos durante la fiesta barroca."    

El Deber, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, May 1, 2002

"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

"A brave new musical world was breached when the Singapore audience was exposed for the first time to Spanish colonial music from the 17th and 18th centuries. The conclusion? It's only baroque-n-roll but they liked it.   This noteworthy discovery came courtesy of Colombian ensemble Música Ficta.  The music spoke volumes.  Thanks to an accomplished performance, Spanish colonial music made a belated entry to Singapore and was welcomed with open arms."     

Geoffrey Eu, Singapore Business Times, June 16, 2001

"Colombian Early Music ensemble Musica Ficta went all out with its small band at the Victoria Concert Hall last night to prove the vitality of Latin-American Baroque music.  It was in this twee wonderland that some semblance of a time-capsuled 17th century world was captured by the jaunty, professorial performers. 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.  L'abondante documentation n'est que le support d'une interprétation déroutante par la vie qui en émane."   

Marc Desmet, Le Monde de la Musique, France, June 2001

"From Bogota, a New World of baroque ...a generous sample of New World baroque music was presented Monday evening at the Corcoran Gallery.  North American audiences are hardly aware of numerous and excellent Latin-American baroque composers... as the group's sparkling performances demonstrated... 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

"Vale la pena registrar el concierto que la HJCK diera a sus oyentes en la Catedral Primada con el grupo Música Ficta.  Quizás nunca el inmenso recinto había allegado tal cantidad de público en un acto no litúrgico.  Fue un gesto emocionante, espontáneo y solidario."

María Teresa del Castillo, El Tiempo, Bogotá, Colombia, September 26, 2000

"...all attractively performed.  ...what an array of instruments!  Limpid and dulcet voices with a stylistic penchant of gently skirting the true pitch.  With such a variety of instruments at hand the accompaniments are exotic and haunting.  Excellent notes with texts and translations."

Charles H Parsons, American Record Guide, September - October 2000

"...an attractive program which shows an interesting originality of approach to this repertoire.  Their performances are characterized by rhythmic liveliness and transparent textures.  ...completely at home with the vocal and instrumental style ...extremely effectively natural rhythmic impetus.  These  songs are exquisitely crafted traditional pieces, and when they are approached without artifice, as here, they have much to offer."

Ivan Moody, Goldberg Magazine, Spain / U.K., No. 11, May-July 2000

"...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. In musicological terms, this recording is a voyage of discovery into uncharted territories.  The performances seem right and stylistically correct, just as our fifteenth century forbears would have taken for granted. So when you next visit the record store to buy yet another CD of Vivaldi concerti or Handel sonatas, why not get this recording instead? Go on, treat yourself!"   

Adam J. Dopadlik, The Recorder Magazine, U.K., June 2000

"Nada qué envidiarle a un proyecto similar de cualquier sello europeo. ...tienen la formación, la experiencia y la autoridad para lograr estos resultados.  De nuevo está la seriedad y el profesionalismo de Música Ficta, ahora enfrentando un repertorio aún más complejo y comprometido.  ...impecable producción,  gran calidad de la interpretación, riqueza y versatilidad en los instrumentos de época,  sutilezas en el manejo de voces e instrumentos,  ...producto de la investigación musicológica a fondo; cuidadoso manejo de tiempos y ritmos, que han derivado del estudio inteligente de la prosodia y escandación natural de los textos.  Nuevamente un disco con calidad y categoría internacional."   

Emilio Sanmiguel, Revista Semana, Bogotá, Colombia, March 7, 2000

"... un trabajo encomiable... hermoso disco... una estética y un marco poético muy sugestivos... dicción clara y expresiva, fundamental para la asimilación de los textos.  Un esfuerzo grande realizado con absoluto profesionalismo. Felicitaciones."   

María Teresa del Castillo, El Tiempo, Bogotá, Colombia, Feb. 14, 2000

"...(the) group of spirited musicians from Colombia played a program of early Latin American music at the IDBs Washington, D.C., headquarters that kept toes tapping in the overflow audience."

IDB America, USA, Nov.-Dec. 1998

"El grupo colombiano Música Ficta cerró el Festival de Música Renacentista y Barroca de Chiquitos con broche de oro." 

El Nuevo Día, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, Mayo 17 de 1998

"This recording... is a good reminder that Europe and North America are not the only places where interesting work is being done in early music.  This disc is especially welcome.  A nicely produced program from a group I'd like to hear more from."

Continuo Magazine, USA, Oct. 1997

"My first impression... is the overwhelming freshness of their approach.  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 vitality..."     

Adam J. Dopadlik, The Recorder Magazine, UK, March, 1997

"...un concert unique... une découverte."       

Le Télégramme du Morbihan, France, June 19, 1994

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