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Nadina Mackie Jackson



Mathieu Lussier and Musica Franca

A rich world of elegant miniatures, subtle feeling, deft virtuosity and swinging rhythm, the golden age of French Baroque music for bassoons in company with theorbo, harpsichord and organ.

"The musicians...provide striking contrasts in timbre and texture. The results are delightful. The hybrid melding of modern and period instruments works beautifully, especially give the musicians' scrupulous and imaginative attention to phrasing, vibrato, articulation and ornamentation...the solo bassoon playing of Mathieu Lussier...couldn't be more refined, quicksilver or swashbuckling. [His] Musica Franca colleagues are sophisticated, animated partners."

The Gramophone - August, 2006

"[Musica Franca's] interpretations and instrumentation are exactly what this music needs...Musica Franca has taken these little-known sonatas of Boismortier and dressed them up with superb technique, great energy, and charming musicianship. I like this recording very much"

American Record Guide - July, 2006

"[this disc is a] quite extraordinary recording...The performances are stunning. Lussier...performs some almost unbelievable stunts, nonchalantly pulling off lengthy passages of rapid fingering and/or tonguing that require the very heights of virtuosity. He is joined by Nadina Mackie Jackson, a player of comparable quality, and possessed of a particularly beautiful singing tone. These two carol together in the most utterly beguiling way. The standard of intonation is uncannily good, resulting in many really gorgeous textures. I urge you to try this – delightful music played with consummate skill, and recorded to perfection."

MusicWeb International - June, 2006

“…an excellent recording… high level interpretive skills by two wonderful bassoonists.”

The Double Reed - July, 2006

"The performances are light and transparent... fast movements wonderfully weightless... These players clearly have a great affection for this entire repertoire and the instruments chosen to express it... freedom with tempo and phrasing... deep feeling to the music...Tone throughout the bassoons' register is delicious... This is ensemble playing of great mutual respect and undeniable musicality."

Alex Baran, WholeNote Magazine, February, 2006

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