This is just the kind of endeavor that makes Cedille so special … the sound quality, artistic merit, and musical intelligence of this release instantly vault it to the top of its class. …
Wendy Warner … plays with an incredible amount of richness and warmth … the result is pretty magical.
She’s aided in a big way by the Camerata Chicago under Drostan Hall. They play beautifully, accurately, and without any of the thin or ugly sounds we so often hear from small ensembles today.
… there isn’t a moment on this disc where you don’t find yourself caught up in [Warner’s] artistry and musical excitement.
Entirely worth seeking out and enjoying forever; this may very well set the new standard for excellence in these pieces.
Brian Wigman See full article
Artistic Quality: 10 Sound Quality: 10 … in view of the grand heap of Haydn cello concerto recordings, Warner’s playing places this one at the very top. … Praise for the orchestra and its conductor Drostan Hall must not go without mention—they are outstanding collaborators whose appropriately styled, energetic playing and remarkably tight ensemble complement every note and expressive utterance from Warner’s Guarneri cello. Don’t miss this. David Vernier See full article
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The [Mysliveček] C major concerto is wonderful – as is the playing of Wendy Warner and the Camerata Chicago. Rick Anderson See full article
My Classical Notes
Wendy Warner and Maestro Hall give us a fine Haydn interpretation throughout … always brilliant and expressive. Hank Zauderer See full article
There’s an elegance and sheer class which makes it good, and then there’s Wendy Warner to make it really good. … the support from the orchestra is perfectly good. Brian Reinhart See full article
Ms. Warner and Maestro Hall keep things humming along in proper Haydn-like fashion … Ms. Warner ensures that the Second Cello Concerto is always brilliant and expressive with her passion and precision. Equally passionate and precise is the Chicago Camerata, who provide admirably sympathetic support. John Puccio See full article
4 Stars … Warner and conductor Drostan Hall carry it off well, with careful balances. James Manheim See full article
An appealing program played by a masterful virtuoso. Drostan Hall and the Camerata Chicago perform with precision and sensitivity admirably suited to Haydn. Wendy Warner … brings a fresh interpretation to some well-known works. Ralph Graves See full article
Positive Feedback Online
Wendy Warner … plays the most exciting and expressive Haydn I’ve ever heard. The music leaps eloquently from her cello and the crisp and clear Camerata Chicago are with her all the way. Bob Neill See full article
Magnifique. Chicago cellist Wendy Warner and chamber orchestra Camerata Chicago offers a world-class, beautiful CD. … Everything is high quality on this disc: the interpretation of record. A must for lovers of chamber music, this CD is very accessible for those who are less familiar with classical music. Eric Aussant See full article
This recording was made possible by a grant from the Buonacorsi Foundation.