radically hip

Inspired by the intensely dramatic performing styles of the 16th to 19th centuries, radically hip artists connect modern audiences to the impassioned eloquence of the past. Like earlier musicians,

the performers liberate themselves from the written page to re-create the score,

audaciously embracing a powerful form of expression rooted in historical principles.

Songs and cantatas by Caccini, Monteverdi, Campion, Dowland, Purcell, Merula, Albinoni, Conti, and Giordani.

“of the utmost importance ...

this disc is the result of much research ...

and deserves the attention of every performer ...

it could change the way vocal music is performed quite drastically”

Johan van Veen, MusicWeb International (02.2019)

clever in concept ... each [track] exhibits a real sense of character ...

these are musicians of such high calibre ...

I have been overwhelmingly satisfied ...

I cannot recommend this album enough”

Alexandra Burns, Album Review, Classicalexburns (16.03.2018)

“a stellar cast ...

Thomson ... his muscular voice is pure joy ...

McKenna ... a commanding [lute & guitarperformance ...

Leininger ... a German master of the harpsichord”

Robert Tomas, The WholeNote (03.2018)

Mozart           Fantasie K.397, Sonatas K.331 & K.332

Beethoven     Sonata Op. 2, No. 1.

“daring and exciting ...

Leininger plays the music very freely

and with a great imagination ...

an incredible wealth of colour ...

if you want to experience this music in a completely new way,

then this exciting CD is definitely something for you!

Remy Franck, Pizzicato (20.04.2019)

“well informed ... intelligently and beautifully played ...

Leininger knows [the fortepiano] extremely well [and]

shapes the tone of his notes with great effect ...

his performance ... demonstrates not only

how such works could have sounded

to their composers and audiences,

but how differently phrasings, speeds

and dynamics must have been understood”

Alex Baran, The WholeNote (05.2019)