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  • 4 stars in The Guardian 31 July, 2017

    The Telemann Fantasias recording got 4 stars in a review in The Guardian this weekend!

    https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/jul/30/telemann-fantasias-for-viola-da-gamba-review-robert-smith

    Robert Smith navigates each piece with clear-eyed musicality, always weaving a beautifully sonorous, coherent line through Telemann’s rich invention.

  • Castanets in Perigord 30 July, 2017

    I had a great week rehearsing and performing Boccherini string quintets in the Itineraire Baroque festival in Perigord. A funny excerpt from one of our concerts was featured on the Classic FM Facebook page:

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10155754347774260&id=6569469259

  • CD of the week! Telemann Fantasias 28 July, 2017

    The Telemann Fantasias disc was released today and it already has a stunning review from Europadisc where it is CD of the week!

    Read the full review here. Below are some choice quotes… 🙂

    He coaxes an outrageously beautiful, richly sonorous tone from his instrument,

    Smith’s particular talent is to allow the instrument to speak with total naturalness, keeping the music rhythmically buoyant and skilfully applying subtle rubato.

    Best of all are the frequent throw-away endings, which Smith injects with a spontaneity that characterises his performances as a whole. As for the cadenza-like upward skidaddle before the closing bars of No.11’s opening Allegro– it’s positively indecent!

    For anyone who knows and loves Bach’s Suites, Robert Smith’s Telemann is an absolute must: no praise could be higher. Grab a copy, and relish Telemann’s extraordinary music, brilliantly played.

  • Telemann CD Release Concert announced! 19 July, 2017

    On Sunday the 3rd September I’ll officially present my Telemann CD in the beautiful surroundings of the Cromhouthuis Museum on the Amsterdam canal ring. Of course there will be a lot of music to be enjoyed!

    Tickets via: http://www.geelvinck.nl/muziek/concertagenda/

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  • Pre-order Telemann Fantasias 19 July, 2017

    You can already pre-order my brand new disk of the Telemann viola da gamba Fantasias on the Resonus Classics website. Also available in the other usual places.

  • BBC Music Magazine gives 5 stars to Excellency of Hand! 29 May, 2017

    In this months BBC Music Magazine The Excellency of Hand was awarded 5 stars. The review said some very nice things such as:

    Gamba demons Paolo Pandolfo and Robert Smith (early music’s Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid) have concocted an intoxicating brew of pieces that would surely convert the most hardened sceptic.

    Click here to read the full review

  • Telemann Editing 28 May, 2017

    Yesterday I received the first edit of my recording of the Telemann Fantasias for viola da gamba (see here). It’s really exciting to finally have my hands on it! I need to sit down and give it some careful listening, but I’m already rather happy with the sound and the playing – it isn’t always like that! Of course there will always be things that you wish you had done differently. It’s out on 4th August, so you can decide for yourself!

  • Volkskrant Recensie – Excellency of Hand 12 May, 2017

    Korte en krachtige recensie in De Volkskrant!

    Smith en Pandolfo rakelen gonzende klanken op

    Lees volledig recensie.

  • Excellency of Hand on BBC Record Review 29 April, 2017

    On 29th April The Excellency of Hand was featured on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review. Presenter Andrew McGregor said some very nice things about the recording, and mine and Paolo Pandolfo’s playing:

    “their interplay is absolutely wonderful throughout”
    “Immediately joining my favourite viol recordings it’s THAT good, a huge smile on my face listening to that”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08ndm01

  • Review – Early Music America 28 April, 2017

    The range of atmospheres and textures in these pieces is remarkable. The viols converse in the most charming manner, when they aren’t sharing grave sentiments or trying to outdo each other with torrents of lightning-quick notes.

    Read full review here.