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Reviews

“…wonderfully characterised recorder playing…”

BC Horizon, 2010

“Where Melville especially shines is in the seven solo tunes from Oswald’s Caledonian Pocket Companion…Here the sound is close and intimate, and she shapes the phrases marvelously; music, breath, and ornaments are as one. This is art beyond time – the moment might last forever.”

Early Music America, Winter 2008

“Melville is one of Canada's finest recorder players and a musician with the imagination to bring an element of playfulness to what could easily sound like formulaic note-spinning."

Toronto Star

“All the members of the group should be congratulated on their performance, but of special note are those of Alison Melville, the recorder player, who gives the CD a special touch, and the group’s artistic director, David Fallis, who is responsible for its perfect equilibrium.”

Goldberg, 2003

“She displayed a totally confident musicality, remarkably refined intonation and a sparkling rhythmic sense in a performance that was full of style and panache.”

Hamilton Spectator

“Kudos also to Alison Melville for her mellifluous recorder playing in the second Brandenburg.”

Globe & Mail

"She approaches this treasury of melody with a fine ear and a stunning technique on both instruments, but also with that swaggering x-factor which allows her to bring out the essential character of this idiomatic repertoire."

Early Music Forum of Scotland Newsletter, 2006

"The dazzling Toronto Consort sings and plays as if they had just been let out of their winter hibernation and were ready to make up for lost time, including some very hot recorder playing by Alison Melville."

Southern California Early Music News

“The performance was marvelous and I would like to thank Alison Melville and Camilla Söderberg for a beautiful rendition of this delightful and complex Baroque music.”

Reykjavik Morgunbladid

“Une disque charmant, où les frontières entre la musique traditionelle et la musique ‘savante’ disparaissent tout naturellement. Alison Melville et ses excellents partenaires jouent ce répertoire avec une aisance et une simplicité irrésistibles…”

Espace Musique, Radio-Canada

“Alison Melville unterstreicht mit lupenreinem Spiel, dass die Blockflöte ein ausdrucksstarkes Instrument sein kann.”

Alte Musik Aktuell

“Guest soloist Alison Melville added warmth and fluidity to the fleeting accompaniments which wafted happily from the period instruments of her colleagues…Melville’s unerring technique and phrasing were particularly enjoyable in the jolly Sammartini….”

JWR Reviews

"Her performances on the recorder and flute were magical and enchanting."

Muskoka Advance

“Unlike many other recorder players, Melville does not set out to conquer the listener by her virtuosity (although that is well in evidence…), but rather to charm by the musicality of her playing.”

Continuo

"...la flutiste a commencé le concert avec une exécution pleine de brio et de finesse..."

Le Soleil  (Quebec City)

“Melville’s playing, too, stands somewhat outside the norm. Eschewing a more obvious sense of virtuosity, she displays a quiet confidence that draws in the listener and makes the music a shared experience. There is definitely technical prowess on display, but in many ways Melville…seems to take special delight in pointing out the beauties of this little known, but very enjoyable, music.”

American Recorder

Alison can be contacted at alison@alisonmelville.com.

Banner photos: Paul Orenstein

“Unlike many other recorder players, Melville does not set out to conquer the listener by her virtuosity (although that is well in evidence…), but rather to charm by the musicality of her playing.”

—Continuo