School of Politesse
"This is Couperin for real people, a Couperin that is flesh and blood beneath the polished exterior."
British Harpsichord Society 2007.
over the Water
"An interesting and enterprising CD"
on the Web, November 2001.
The Country House and The
"An insight into the music that appealed to contemporary
audiences. Stylishly performed on period instruments."
Music Review, October 1999.
"Accomplished singing... the instruments play with spirit
and good style."
Fanfare, May/June 2000.
"Researched with much careful scholarship and the results
of this are presented in the extensive and informative notes.
They provide insights into the whole culture of the 'upper crust'
of English society of the day and the centrally important role
that music played in their lifestyle."
on the Web, November 1999.
"Truly engaging... the sound is good, so are the performances...
the booklet is interesting."
American Record Guide,
"Extremely interesting repertoire; we hear about Handel's
trials and tribulations at the hands of other imported composers,
but rarely do we get to hear any of their music. I hope they go
on to discover more gems."
Early Music Review, December
"London of the early 1700s must have been an operatic hothouse
if these 'hits' are at all representative... celebratory performances.
The two voices (Vassiliou & Elliott) are well nigh ideal. Good
documentation and full texts (in Italian and English)."
Music on the Web, February 2000.
"An entertaining disc of London's favourite arias."
BBC Music Magazine, August 2000.
The Country House; The
Grand Tour; Handel's Rivals
"For me the highlight of this year was three records of music
by Handel's Rivals, recorded by Jane Clark and her Janiculum Ensemble.
The set explores the music heard by the British when abroad on
the Grand Tour (JAND202) and brought back to be performed in their
country houses (JAND201). Handel's rivals were the Italian opera
composers whose music triumphed in London in the early eighteenth
century and perpetually threatened Handel's pre-eminent position
(JAND203). It is good to hear more of the music that people at
the time listened to and to have some escape from our own musical
International Record Review, (December 2000),
"THE BEST OF THE YEAR" by Edward Corp
Domenico Scarlatti; an Italian in Spain
"The committed playing of Jane Clark (informed by her research
into the man, the music and the milieu) makes this an attractive
Classical Music on the Web, February
"Jane Clark spices her Scarlatti recital with an expert knowledge
of Spanish folk music. Her programme succeeds in illustrating
Scarlatti's range of emotion and style."
BBC Music Magazine,
"Jane Clark's notes alone are worth the 'price of admission'
... she is a compelling advocate for this folk-music informed
view of Scarlatti's Iberian sonatas."
(USA), September 2000.