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ArcoVoce, one of Washington’s finest and most unusual chamber ensembles…divides its programs between baroque and modern vocal and instrumental music…There are a few other musicians who play period and modern instruments, but very rarely do they use both on a single program…The performances were skilled and dedicated, wonderfully expressive and given an added warmth and color by the use of period instruments.… [M]odern instruments took on unique powers of evocation, supporting Lamoreaux’s exquisite voice, elaborating on her words and giving them a deep, colorful background without covering a syllable. It is very rare to hear a single ensemble performing so well in such different kinds of music."

Washington Post, May 6, 1999

 

Soprano Rosa Lamoreaux is surely the jewel among Washington's early-music singers. Beyond her gleaming, spot-on high notes and cascades of silver-toned runs, she possesses an intelligence and scrupulous musicianship that pay dividends in all the music she performs. Lamoreaux sounded in top form singing with the ensemble ArcoVoce in a Grace Church Bach Festival recital… Violinist Elizabeth Field was no less sensitive to baroque style in two Bach violin and harpsichord sonatas…Field's lithe tone and supple phrasing made the solo line dance gracefully above Steven Silverman's bustling architecturally sure harpsichord playing and Stephanie Vial's appealingly throaty work on baroque cello…

Washington Post, July 13, 2004

 

ArcoVoce, an imaginative period-instrument ensemble, was even more imaginative than usual in a program titled "Women Composers of the Baroque"...Lamoreaux and Falk collaborated superbly on this, with Falk playing descriptive preludes to three segments and providing sound effects and instrumental commentary during the highly dramatic recitatives, while Lamoreaux probed the text and melodies for every emotional nuance....Falk made a particularly strong impression in slow movements that were richly ornamented, deeply expressive and styled like vocal music.

Washington Post, July 6, 1998