Destination – Sweden

In the serious music field, Swedish composition is, if not a closed book, a rarely opened one. Berwald, Alfven, Dag Wiren come to mind but little else before the current active crop of creative musicians. So the latest program from Marshall McGuire’s fine early music ensemble served as a welcome eye-opener, its core components being works by the Duben family – the Swedish court’s notable Chapel Royal leaders – and Johan Helmich Roman who brought a sturdy, eloquent form of the Baroque to his country’s capital.

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Clive O’Connell The Age August 27 2014

Mr Playford Requests the Pleasure

Outstanding virtuosity on the part of both instrumentalists and singers, coupled with a sense of theatre, invested this superb music with great emotional intensity.

Under Marshall McGuire’s direction this program offered a truly memorable experience. The thoughtful selection of music and the exceptional beauty and vitality of the performances are worthy of many repeats.

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Clive O’Connell The Age March 27 2014

Claudio Monteverdi – Masterpieces

Outstanding virtuosity on the part of both instrumentalists and singers, coupled with a sense of theatre, invested this superb music with great emotional intensity.

Under Marshall McGuire’s direction this program offered a truly memorable experience. The thoughtful selection of music and the exceptional beauty and vitality of the performances are worthy of many repeats.

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Heather Leviston Artshub May 8 2013

The Age – the best of 2012

…Ludovico’s Band…offered period music performances of first-class insight coupled with an enviable professionalism…

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Clive O’Connell The Age December 24 2012

Destination – Austria/Bohemia

As tillers of some neglected fields, these musicians do sterling work each time  they gather for events like these that pass all too quickly.

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Clive O’Connell The Age November 23 2012

Destination – England

…the group’s music-making proved warm and engaging, maintaining a consistently high level of accomplishment across a pretty wide spectrum of works and composers….vigour and virtuosity in fine balance.

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Clive O’Connell
The Age May 17 2012

JS Bach – St John Passion

A TIMELY Lenten celebration, this performance of the shorter of Bach’s two great  Passion settings impressed more than anything else for its consistency, the  combined choirs of Trinity College Chapel and the Consort of Melbourne as crisp  and true in pitch from the grinding initial chorus to the work’s final chorale.  Similarly, the period-style experts of Ludovico’s Band sustained a high level of  ensemble and dynamic responsiveness, the strings a constant delight for their  supple linear interweaving under the direction of Stephen Layton.
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Clive O’Connell
The Age March 28 2012

Victorian Opera Triple Bill

The program opens with Monterverdi’s The Fight between Tancredi and Clorinda. The highlight here is the playing of the orchestra, Ludovico’s Band, skilfully directed by Paul Dyer. The expertise of these players lifts the whole performance, with a riot of colour and tone from the baroque instruments. (There is even a thoughtful erratum slip in the program explaining which instrument is which, in case you don’t know your theorbo from your lirone.)

Martin Ball
The Age July 30 2011

Conductor Paul Dyer led Ludovico’s Band, a distinguished ensemble of period instrument players that offered sparkling accompaniment…this is the most successful opera the VO has presented in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.

Peter Burch
The Australian August 1 2011

(Paul) Dyer’s band stole the show a little during this piece [Bach’s Fight between Phoebus and Pan BWV 201] with particular mentions going to Georgia Browne and Megan Lang on flute and Tristram Williams, David Musk, and Louisa Trewartha on trumpet. These are clearly musicians at the top of their art and it was a pleasure to hear them work with both Dyer and Bach.

Ian Nisbet
Theatre People July 29 2011

The Italian Ground [CD]

Ludovico’s Band

The group displays an almost unerring taste for good music – these are some of the most attractive works of this period, whether in the “orchestrations” given them by Ludovico’s Band, or in their original forms.  Even the selection of Sanz works that opens the disc, none longer than a couple of minutes, is treated in an imaginative way that creates a seamless paragraph of music.

John Weretka
MCA Music Forum 2008

Monteverdi – L’Orfeo: favola in musica
Queensland Music Festival

The musical direction, under harpist Marshall McGuire, was meticulous.  Ludovico’s Band…illuminated emotional extremes from elation to dark despair and gave lithe vitality to the celebratory opening scenes. The band’s use of echo effects and shading…was exquisite.

Gillian Wills
The Australian  June 27  2007

Love + The Art Of War

Ludovico’s Band and e21

Making Monteverdi’s late madrigals accessible to audiences is always a challenge, but the recent Love and the Art of War performed by Ludovico’s Band and vocal ensemble e21 not only proved this is possible, but that it’s something to further explore in the future….Overall, this was very fine entertainment. All of the combined elements worked, and my only regret is that it was a one night only performance. I hope we see similar productions in the near future.  In fact, I suspect that all of the performers were surprised by the magnitude of the audience applause and the number of curtain calls, but when Monteverdi is done well, he is really hard to beat.

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Roland McCoy
State of the Art February 27  2006

Love + The Art Of War

Ludovico’s Band and e21

Just as impressive were the vital instrumental contributions from harpist/director Marshall McGuire, the theorbos of Samanatha Cohen and Tommie Andersson, Linda Kent’s ever-reliable harpsichord and the piercingly true baroque violin partnership of Anna McDonald and Elizabeth Pogson…..the evening’s second half was a chain of pleasures performed to a rapt, totally absorbed audience.

Clive O’Connell
The Age February 21 2006

 

Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival, 2007

The group’s improvisation skills give the music a sharp edge and momentum which is thrilling to hear.

Bronislaw Sozanski
The Courier 2007