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Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble


"This was an ensemble of first-rate musicians, technically superb, generously expressive, and obviously enjoying themselves. Everything was nicely buoyed and lovingly phrased."
— Dallas Morning News


“The academy players captured the splendor in an account full of purposeful drama and poetic grace.”

 —The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)


 “Something special….this memorable [concert] is sure to stand out as one of the area’s top events this season.”
Denver Post


 “The musicians managed to produce the sound more often made by a chamber orchestra…irresistible.”

The Buffalo News


“Good reason to turn off the stereo and go to a real live concert.” 
The Milwaukee Sentinel


 “A shimmering performance...the exquisitely phrased passages were played with subtle expressiveness that brought out the romanticism of the music without sentimentalizing it.”

 “A superb example of consummate artistry.”

The Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City)


 “The Academy group responded to the music with picture-perfect lightness in the scherzo and exuberance in the finale.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


 “A superb performance...the ensemble bit into the music like a starving man, and produced a whirlwind of sound, wild and untamed.”

 “A supremely satisfying and memorable performance.”
Palm Beach Daily News


 “An alert, almost improvisatory response to Dvorak’s inspiration….The playing is first class throughout.”
— Gramophone


“The performances, by ASMF Chamber Ensemble, are nothing short of stunning….I recommend the disc with unmitigated enthusiasm.”— Gramophone


 “I have never heard a better performance on or off record.  Strongly recommended.” 


“Splendid playing; impeccable sound and balance.”
—  Gramophone


“A reading of compelling grandeur....masterful.” 
—  BBC Music Magazine


“The sound of a chamber orchestra…the polish of a string quartet….sparkling….The embracing warmth, the precision and seeming weightlessness crested in a fairylike scherzo that sailed just above common earth.” 
— Milwaukee Sentinel


“A keen feeling for textural blending and tonal balance….beautifully coloured…a sparkling performance.” 
— The Canberra Times (Australia)


 “The performance by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was well-characterized, fervently committed and admirably exact.  Just about beyond criticism, in fact.”
 — The Times (London)




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Podcast excerpts:

Tomo Keller talks about EnescuExtract from the #ASMFpodcast produced by Ben Eshmade.
Lynda Houghton on musicianshipExtract from the #ASMFpodcast produced by Ben Eshmade.
Reflections on North American AudiencesExtract from the #ASMFpodcast produced by Ben Eshmade.
In-depth with Lynda Houghton and Steve OrtonUnknown Artist
Chamber Ensemble square (c) David Rowe.j
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