A baroque feast from Improviso...they’re so good they have halos
Their style of improvisation gives a freshness to their performances, and they play with assurance and a distinctive voice which allows them to stand out in the perhaps over-crowded world of Baroque ensembles.
The ensemble shared their speciality, and improvised three Spanish dances banned in the seventeenth century. They showed themselves to be capable of surprises, sweet caresses, or virtuosic rhythms
As individuals they are highly skilled musicians and these skills are clearly visible and transferred when they play as an ensemble. I know that they get on very well together outside of the rehearsal room and off stage. Wonderfully, these friendships transfer when they are on stage and they offer a feeling of camaraderie that makes you want to join them!
As well as impressive and well-balanced playing, I particularly liked the interaction between the players
Your approach, improvising music from a formal structure, brings a wonderful liveliness to the performance. Interesting, shifting, dynamic - lovely.
Both UK ensembles showed why they deserved their places in the semi-finals [of the van Wassenaer International competition]...alongside their other recent successes on international platforms, Improviso especially convinced me with their attention for musical details and the warm sound they produced in their ensemble blend in François Couperin’s Les Nations (L’Espagnole) all without the need of searching for effects outside the musical material…two ensembles to keep an eye on!”