"Johannes Schenk’s twelve viol sonatas, by turns sprightly and solemn, and collectively called “Le Nymphe di Rheno,” were a swan song, in 1702, for the now archaic ancestors of the modern violin. Shirley Hunt, Wen Yang, and Sarah Cunningham, of New York Baroque Incorporated (above), bring the instruments back to life with one of the Schenk sonatas.”
"The instrumental ensemble, studded with stars in the making, was truly excellent, with the lead violinist, Lorenzo Colitto, as music director, and the double-bassist, Wen Yang, as artistic director. Ezra Seltzer, a stalwart cellist in New York’s new old-music scene, was superb in his solos."
"The players, meanwhile played the clipped chords with cutting emphasis and great gusto, to imitate the sound of chisel on stone."
"Throughout, the NYBI orchestra imbued the work with a wealth of instrumental color and conjured vivid imagery with their playing."
"NYBI should also be commended for its efforts to make this unknown work accessible for audiences.