Reviews

‘These performances are eloquent, engaging and really nicely ornamented. It’s one of my favourite discoveries this week.’
— BBC Radio 3 Record Review, June 2017

‘Taut and elegant … Čičić makes even the high-wire showy stuff sing with a lyricism that is shapely, aerated and totally unforced.’
— The Guardian, June 2017

‘[Gives] Cicic and his ensemble every opportunity to shine … the playing [is] noteworthy. Splendid sound.’
— Classical Music, July/August 2017, FIVE STARS

‘It’s testament to Čičić’s artistry that you’re never aware of the difficulties being surmounted – fistfuls of the most awkwardly-written chords are dispatched with immaculate intonation and voicing, whilst the contrapuntal sections in the elaborate fugues have a clarity to rival the finest keyboard-player. I’d wager a tidy sum that I won’t be the only one to come away from this beautiful disc itching to hear more from both composer and performers.’
— Presto Classical, June 2017, DISC OF THE WEEK

‘The music has a unique appeal – lively, restless, catchy and extremely well written. The long-forgotten Carbonelli is a major find by a boutique label, Delphian, a Scottish firm that rarely issues a dud disc.’
— Norman Lebrecht, Musical Toronto, June 2017, FIVE STARS

‘At a time when major labels are rarely bold, Paul Baxter’s Delphian consistently releases recordings that surprise, inform and delight … this sparkling recording is a showcase for Croatian violinist Bojan Cicic, whose career has included work with Frans Brüggen, Trevor Pinnock and Richard Egarr, but whose championing of Carbonelli is the real story here.’
— Herald, June 2017

‘On so many levels, this is a must-have CD. Fascinating music by a little-known composer, played with outstanding musical conviction by four excellent musicians.’
— Andrew Benson Wilson, June 2017

‘Performances abound in real vitality, rhythmic verve and dramatic engagement, and Carbonelli’s genius is allowed to shine in all its exuberance. A beautifully recorded disc worthy of serious investigation.’
— Music & Vision, June 2017