"There was something quite extraordinary in these performances, in which the early winds were so magnificently set and balanced against the comparatively few strings.... And then there was the last: Mozart's Symphony No. 21, in A, K.134. It, too, came across as more vibrant, more intense, more dramatic, and altogether richer in sonority – and far more lively – than anticipated by this listener, for sure.Everyone loves Mozart. Haydn, too. Maybe even C.P.E.? Well, maybe. As played by these specialist practitioners, this was a concert to write home about."
"...the Raleigh Camerata is an outfit that fans of this particular genre or niche owe it to themselves to support and encourage. ... Throughout, the instrumentalists played at exceptionally high levels of technical and artistic accomplishment, and the "up close and personal" setting and informal introductions significantly enhanced the enjoyment of the patrons. There were in addition splendid notes plus texts and translations and even texts of some of the (unsung) noels. This was a class act, presented before a capacity crowd of perhaps 50 people – a few more could have been tucked in, but for the immense Christmas tree that occupied both levels of one end of the room .... Check out the Camerata when you see their notices."
"Nivison's work on the Baroque flute was stunning; she blended historical interpretation with modern energy and flair, giving the best possible combination of historically accurate performance and lively, enjoyable interpretation. As arguably the most accomplished Baroque flutist in the state, her technique on this tricky instrument was fluid and infallible, especially in the more virtuosic third movement. The second movement, in contrast, is full of lovely suspensions and sighing delays in resolution, releasing an outpour of emotion, but in a refined and Baroque sort of way – the refrain of the evening."
"This intimate Baroque music was of a different scale altogether, and a refreshing alternative to the sensory overload we have come to expect in today's music. ... All in all, a delightful performance by experts in the field, well appreciated by the audience and this reviewer."
"It was good to experience this early trio on this occasion with original instruments (with Willet playing violin), for the textures were easily perceived and the balances and contrasts were often bracing. In the Dôthel, with Lapin doing the violin honors in company with flute and a three-person continuo group ... the playing was every bit as engaging and the ensemble sound took many of us by complete surprise, given its freshness."
"The concert Alla Rustica: Songs of the Peasantry and Pastoral, presented by the Raleigh Camerata, was a very immersive experience. This experience was obviously appreciated by the audience, who gave a standing ovation at the conclusion of the program."
"The performance style of Raleigh Camerata was elegant and seasoned, though this was their first outing. The ensemble and blend of instruments was crisp, clear and concise ... It is devoutly to be hoped that this ensemble will find generous funding and audience support for they are a joy to hear."