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Nadina Mackie Jackson



Nadina Mackie Jackson and Musica Franca

Lush and swinging French Baroque music played by a glorious band of bassoons, guitars, theorbos, 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 Nadina Mackie Jackson...couldn't be more refined, quicksiler or swashbuckling. [Her] Musica Franca colleagues are sophisticated, animated partners."

The Gramophone - August, 2006

"The Phoenix sounds gorgeous on this recording, with this instrumentation...this recording has [warmth and depth] in abundance...The six sonatas are wonderful little gems of music...They make each of these sonatas their own...The music of Corrette is comical, energetic and beautiful. This is a very enjoyable recording, and I look forward to hearing more from Musica Franca."

American Record Guide - July/August, 2006

“This is one of the most delightful recordings I have ever heard… interpretation, phrasing, ornamentation by consummate artist Nadina Mackie Jackson…she can make the music dance for your ears… an absolute thrill to hear.”

The Double Reed - July, 2006

“The performances are stunning…Nadina Mackie Jackson (is) possessed of a particularly beautiful, singing tone…the standard of intonation is uncannily good resulting in many really gorgeous textures…delightful music played with consummate skill and recorded to perfection.”

Gwynn Parry-Jones, The Music Web - June, 2006

"...[a] delightfully sprightly disc...The CD is cleanly recorded and the players are superb. The music has a welcome simplicity but plenty of elan. Highest recommendation!"

John Sunier, Audiophile Audition - June, 2006

"The performances are light and transparent... fast movements wonderfully weightless...bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson handles adeptly and with clear relish... Fraser Jackson plays contrabassoon with alacrity and lightness.... 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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