“The blend between Tempesta and Piffaro was special indeed.” — Philadelphia Inquirer
“When Tempesta di Mare explores music’s past, it reminds listeners that the future has a lot to learn from it.” — Philadelphia Inquirer
“Tempesta di Mare … brought verve, grace, and spark to music that … always benefited from it.” — Philadelphia Inquirer
“A perfect ending to Tempesta’s season.” — Broad Street Review
“It’s reassuring to know that the English and Europeans don’t have a monopoly on world class period ensembles … Tempesta di Mare is firmly in the vanguard. Volume 2 is eagerly awaited.” -Amazon Review
“★★★★ … music which charms as much today as when composed in 1724.” -BBC Music Magazine, June 2014
“ The ensemble performs with a nuanced sensitivity that immediately reveals the appeal of the music … Highly recommended.” -Early Music America, Winter 2014.
“…Although the theme was “Great Books,” only listening, not reading, was required.” — Broadway World – Classical
“…Playing on both a baroque, gut-strung violin and a metal-strung modern instrument, Ngai proved himself equally at home on both instruments and in both older and newer music.” — Chestnut Hill Local
” If Handel had been able to hear it, I think he might have said he wanted Tempesta di Mare and Choral Arts to play his second performance with him.” — Local Arts Live
“Did so little happen during that half century between Heinrich Schutz (who died in 1672) and J.S. Bach’s heyday in the 1720s? Tempesta di Mare is among a handful of baroque orchestras correcting that perception with colorful [scores] and terrific Tempesta playing.” — Philadelphia Inquirer
“ ★★★★★… Tempesta di Mare has been making gorgeous Baroque music for a decade and is the only American group to record on the English Chandos label. This wonderful Fasch album shows us why.” Ariama, September 2012.
Tempesta di Mare is celebrating the end of a full decade of Baroque music-making with a ploy worthy of the Baroque functionaries who planned court entertainments built around clever fancies: Tempesta is conducting a three-concert, two-weekend festival in which all the pieces have a ten in their pedigrees. The first two concerts, presented Saturday night and Sunday afternoon in Center City, focused on chamber music and solo sonatas. Overall, the two programs demonstrated that the Baroque repertoire is so rich and varied that you can put together two meaty, entertaining concerts even when you limit your selections with a gimmicky rule invented for a special occasion.
…uniformly excellent, with precise intonation, energetic tempi, and virtuosic performances “Johann Friedrich Fasch is one of the most ignored yet most interesting composers of the late Baroque. This disc presents premiere recordings by Philadelphia’s baroque orchestra of four delightful works in three genres: two concerti, an ouverture, and a sinfonia. The disc is accompanied by…
…consummate artistry “Male soprano solid as a rock: The star of Tempesta di Mare’s Sunday afternoon concert was guest vocalist Michael Maniaci. In all three of the secular cantatas Sunday afternoon for an audience that nearly filled Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church, he sang with consummate artistry, both technically and interpretively. Co-director Gwyn Roberts was joined…