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Selected Critical Acclaim

Sonatas by Elizabeth: Elisabetta de Gambarini & Elizabeth Hardin

“Harbach plays this music with the assurance one would expect from the world's leading authority on the material. Her liner notes are ideally informative. The sound on this generous disc is clean and attractive.”

“Hardin is a discovery, and her music is worth the price of the disc”

“The closing Giga from the same work (Sonata No. 1 in G) shows off Gambarini's flair for the lighter manner.”

“The Allegro Moderato (Sonata No. 3 in F) that opens this piece is one of Gambarini's best moments on this disc, full of character and intelligence.”

“students of music by women should snap it up at once” Fanfare

“expertly recorded on the harpsichord by Barbara Harbach”

“They show a fluent command of relatively uncomplicated keyboard writing in a style that is sometimes Handelian, frequently J. C. Bachian”

“spirited and attractive” Piano & Keyboard

“delightful”

“Harbach's playing is steady throughout the collection: her notes are courteously presented, her dedication to the newly discovered manuscripts, unwavering. She is a master of subtlety. Cadences are prepared with scrutiny and repeats are performed without remorse. The music never dulls or becomes trite under her touch. This is a wonderful addition to any collection, offering a brief glimpse into the British musical household and the comforts of everyday life.” IAWM Journal

“Barbara Harbach's graceful and loving performance of the compositions of two eighteenth-century harpsichordists illustrates her own lifelong commitment [to women composers]”

“Harbach . . . is a musical Jill-of-all-trades, a Leonard Bernstein of the harpsichord set.”

“Harbach's playing is exacting throughout, sequences given life through an airy touch, and nuances made new by careful consideration of alternative embellishments”

“Her playing is thoroughly enjoyable.” Sforzando

“Harbach plays zestfully and has a nice instinct for well-balanced phrasing” American Record Guide

“Harpsichordist Barbara Harbach does utmost honor to these pieces. A composer herself, Harbach's understanding of both the medium and the message adds great texture to Gambarini's and Hardin's work.”

“It makes the listener wonder what other wonderful music has been lost simply because its composer was a woman.” Mesa Tribune


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