Bolivian Baroque Vol.1
Florilegium and their Bolivian soloists perform all these pieces with wonderful verve… with imagination and resourcefulness. An important release. (Guardian, May 2005)
This early promise is wonderfully fulfilled in what is the most adventurous release I’ve reviewed so far this year … I’m still bowled over by it all and full of enthusiasm for such tremendous enterprise and imagination… The results of this European-Bolivian collaboration are by turns uplifting and moving. (International Record Review)
A magical voyage of discovery (Sydney Morning Herald)
The playing from Florilegium is as stylish as always… A fascinating and worthwhile project indeed. (Gramophone, July 2005)
Bolivian Baroque vol.2
The instrumental works are performed with unsurpassable flair. The members of Florilegium display their individual virtuosity while never losing a sense of ensemble.
(Choral Journal, March 2007)
Florilegium are typically excellent in several instrumental solos …This disc is packed with obscure treasures that amply reward the listener
(Gramophone – Editor’s Choice, March 2007)
Florilegium at its lithe, incisive best … this “mission statement” is a must. Spread the word! (BBC Music Magazine, January 2007)
Overall this is a really remarkable musical ‘fair-trade’ product. It is what international music-making should be all about and this is a particularly heart-warming example of it. Wholeheartedly recommended. (International Record Review)
Florilegium’s playing is beautiful, as one would expect from one of Europe’s leading period bands (Early Music Review, December 2006)
Bolivian Baroque Vol.3
The sound is captivating – fresh-toned and inexhaustibly animated… The music is totally absorbing from beginning to end.
Performance ***** Recording *****
(BBC Music Magazine, April 2010: Disc of the Month)
Florilegium’s performances are terrific and do much to make this series a fine addition to this genre.
(Early Music America, Winter 2010)
Back to Bolivia for a collection that’s more entertaining and engaging than ever. Florilegium plays some chamber instrumental work with customary finesse… There isn’t a dull moment during the disc’s hour-long duration, and plenty of musical subtleties and novelties to intrigue the ear.
(Gramophone, May 2010)
If you’re looking for music to restore your faith in what’s good in life, look no farther. Florilegium’s pioneering Bolivian Baroque series contains some of the most delightful music I’ve heard in many a year… the directness of their approach, and the purity of their sound, transmits a youthful freshness that never fails to captivate.
(San Francisco Classical Voice, 23 Feb 2010)
All forces here are equally attuned to the spirit of the music… Heartily recommended as a nice change of pace to any baroque collection of sacred—and sometimes borderline sacred—music.
(Audiophile Audition, 17 Feb 2010)
played here with flute and violin sharing the upper parts, the light, melodious charm of the [instrumental items] is beautifully released. The Arakaendar Bolivia Choir is faultlessly neat and crisp, rhythmically very regular, but dramatically irrepressible… Enriching and uplifting.
(International Record Review, Feb 2010)