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Fanfare Magazine (US) Petri is at her most spontaneous, and Newman provides incisive and imaginative support.

May 14, 2014

Ronald E. Grames

Georg Philipp Telemann has played a significant part in Petri’s repertoire over the years, not surprisingly given the number of works he wrote for the recorder. She has recorded a couple of these works before. The Sonata in F Minor, TWV 41:f1 was taped for RCA in 1988 with mother Hanne on harpsichord and brother David on cello. The Sonata in D Minor, TWV:d4 is an apparent favorite, as it has been recorded twice before with Lars Hannibal on lute: once in 1994 for RCA and again in 2011 on OUR Recordings. The occasion for this third take in February 2013 was the opportunity to record all six extant sonatas for recorder and basso continuo—four from Der Getreue Musik-Meister and two from Essercizii Musici—with keyboard virtuoso Anthony Newman. The two luminary performers have appeared together on occasional concerts and tours, but this is the first time that they have recorded together. As it happens, a tight schedule led them to record the whole disc in a single day—an afternoon according to Petri—at Newman’s home church, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bedford, New York. The result is an incandescent collaboration, with the electricity of a live performance. Petri is at her most spontaneous, and Newman provides incisive and imaginative support. . Ronald E. Grames, Fanfare May/June Issue 2014