Parthenia Reviews

“Parthenia, a first-rate consort of viols… illuminated Purcell’s counterpoint wonderfully… [and] the group’s sound combined warmth and precision.”

The New York Times

“Their unanimity and grasp of the style are not unlike that of a great string quartet playing Mozart or Beethoven.”
– Fanfare Magazine

“Ravishingly beautiful sound…. The playing by the Parthenia was uniformly superb.”
– Boston Musical Intelligencer

“Local early-music stars.”
– The New Yorker

“[A]t the Medieval Sculpture Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art….Parthenia, a consort of viols, performing a sequence of elegiac music by Byrd, Morley, Frescobaldi, Scheidt and others, sounded especially fine … and brought welcome tonal variety to [the ] music…”
– The Strad Magazine

“…Parthenia, a glowing group of viol players that is one of the brightest lights in New York’s early-music scene.”
– The New Yorker

“Parthenia played with equal grace, impressive warmth and marvelous blend…. Throughout the night, Parthenia performed splendidly.”
– The Kansas City Star

“”…welcome under any circumstances – the excellent viol consort Parthenia.”
– The Philadelphia Inquirer

“There was an appealing musicality in the way Parthenia players addressed the music. Phrases were finely shaped and nuanced, and textures were carefully balanced…”
– The New York Times

“The ensemble sense between these players made for flawless musical thought.”
– Woodstock (NY) Times

“The sound produced by all the viols in Parthenia was exquisite… carried out with deft grace and impeccable taste… [Parthenia] achieved exquisite pools of color and emotion through the medium of the viols.”
– Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror

“The sound was glorious, watching the performers expressions and rapport a delight…an uplifting experience.”
– Woodstock (NY) Times

“To say these performers understood the music they played would be a great understatement. They brought it to life with vitality and insight.”
– Bernardsville News/Observer Tribune

“…these were wonderfully spirited and often virtuoso performances.”
– The Southampton Press

“Parthenia’s exquisite renderings of funereal pieces by [Holborne and Dowland]… were noble and mournful… [T]he ensemble produced floating, gently swelling and receding sounds. The effect was ethereal…”
– The Arizona Daily Star

“[Parthenia’s European debut in Regensburg, Germany was]… one of the finest concerts of the 1994 Alter Musik Festival.”
– The Mittelbayerische Zeitung