Press

“Louise Basbas’s lauded series …”

Preview: Blue Heron
September 28, 2017
The New Yorker

“… the treasured series Music Before 1800 …”

Fall Preview: Cappella Pratensis
September 8, 2017
Zachary Woolfe
New York Times

“In one of the most significant concerts of the season, this Baroque ensemble from Cuba stops in New York on its first-ever North American tour.”

Preview: Ars Longa
February 2017
The New Yorker

“The group’s exquisitely balanced, cleanly expressive sound is a thing of beauty, especially in the spacious acoustics of a good-sized church…. Rarely have I seen a concert of early music elicit as rousing an ovation as this one did.”

Review: Cappella Pratensis
November 10, 2015
Jon Sobel
Blogcritics

“… Basbas has worked at the forefront of early music, helping it grow by opening her arms to both seasoned performers and the newest talent.”

The Power of Louise
September, 2015
Donald Rosenberg
Early Music America Magazine

“This shining vocal ensemble, joined by the Folger Consort and Arcadia Viols, performs songs and dances from Shakespeare’s plays to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his death, a highlight of the valuable Music Before 1800 series, which this season also presents a who’s who of the early-music scene …”

Fall Preview: Stile Antico
September 9, 2015
Zachary Woolfe
New York Times

“Joined by Bruce Molsky on fiddle, banjo and guitar and appearing under the auspices of the invaluable series Music Before 1800 (which is celebrating its 40th season), Anonymous 4 performs the program at the Great Hall at Cooper Union, where Lincoln delivered a crucial antislavery speech in 1860.”

Spring Preview: Anonymous 4
February 20, 2015
Zachary Woolfe
New York Times

“Aided by the warm clarity of Corpus Christi’s acoustics and the wonderfully round and sleek sound of the Blue Heron singers, the music’s texture came alive with great malleability.”

Review: Blue Heron
February 17, 2015
Corinna da Fonseca Wollheim
New York Times

“Blue Heron now occupies an exalted place in Boston’s crowded firmament of early music ensembles, and with good reason: their program in New York on Sunday showed them to be a group of polished and artistically sensitive musicians.”

Review: Blue Heron
February 16, 2015
Eric C. Simpson
New York Classical Review

“… didactic, intelligent, and beautiful to hear…an effect in sound like that of using a prism to turn a single ray of light into a kaleidoscope of colors.”

Review: Blue Heron
January 27, 2015
George Grella
New York Classical Review

“[Pomerium’s] tight sense of ensemble and translucent blending was magnificent….Even when converging from opposite directions to a unison note, they locked in right away every time, which had the exquisite effect of beaming their sound throughout the acoustically superb Corpus Christi Church.”

Review: Pomerium
October 28, 2013
Sophia Vastek
New York Classical Review

“… a fascinating concert on Sunday afternoon at Corpus Christi Church…. presented by the invaluable series Music Before 1800.”

Review: Ensemble Peregrina
October 7, 2013
Zachary Woolfe
New York Times

“… distinguished, ever-curious …”

Review: Anonymous 4
May 14, 2013
Zachary Woolfe
New York Times

“This year’s early-music season is beginning with something that might be called chaconne fever.”

Review: El Mundo
October 14, 2012
Zachary Woolfe
New York Times

OUTSIDE THE MACHINE: THE BEST CLASSICAL PERFORMANCES OF 2011

Best Of: Stile Antico
December 28, 2011
Alex Ross
The New Yorker

“… you hear a world of gracefully spun themes that sound as moving on their own as in context.”

Review: Stile Antico
December 19, 2011
Allan Kozinn
New York Times

“The warm acoustics and beautiful interior of the church were ideal for the concert, which included instrumental interludes.”

Review: Anonymous 4
October 25, 2011
Vivien Schweitzer
New York Times

“Mr. Weiss played with a graceful sense of line that transformed these dance pieces into full-fledged concert works.”

Review: Kenneth Weiss
September 26, 2011
Allan Kozinn
New York Times