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En Suite:
Fans of Collegium Vocale Gent will know Romina Lischka takes your breath away. Her viola da gamba solos in the St. John and St. Matthew Passions unite audiences in rapt silence, and those of us who heard her last year with the Hathor Consort were invariably spellbound. Now she strikes again, this time in a musical partnership with lutenist Sofie Vanden Eynde. The skill and dedication on display here are frankly astonishing. Marin Marais’ viol music is transformed: in Lischka’s hands, his character studies are not just highly wrought; they are utterly profound. Vanden Eynde shines in the solo suite by de Visée, her attention to detail coming through in the colour of each theorbo stroke. Even more impressive, however, is the interaction between the two performers, who seem almost to breathe as one. An absolute gem of a CD which deserves to be widely admired.
De Standaard, February 2015

A wonderful new release from the Austrian-Flemish duo — Romina Lischka on viol and Sofie Vanden Eynde on theorbo —on the small but mighty French label Paraty. The CD opens and closes with the two working together on (character) pieces from suites by Marin Marais, and the programme is cleverly put together to include alternating solos in the middle section. Lischka plays Sainte Colombe, Marais‘ revered teacher; Vanden Eynde follows up with Robert de Visée’s Suite in D. It is astonishing that two instruments can conjure up such a subtle wealth of imagery, dance, tonality, and emotion. An atmospheric recording with exquisite attention to detail to boot.
Klara's 10, March 2015

Lischka’s warmly expressive gamba doesn’t entirely hog the limelight in this seductive French programme. Ravishingly interwoven suites by Sainte-Colombe and de Visee encourage the solo theorbo to enthral too.
BBC Music Magazine, March 2015




David Hill, Early Music Review 143, August 2011: The singing is excellent (as is the luting)

Olivier Mabille, ResMusica, 6 juillet 2011: par L’accompagnement de Sofie Vanden Eynde est superbement raffiné, d’une belle clarté dans la polyphonie, bien mis en valeur par la prise de son.

James Manheim: …aided by graceful accompaniment from lutenist Sofie Vanden Eynde

William Yeoman, Goldberg Magazine, October 2008: The artistry of Sofie Vanden Eynde … can also be savoured on its own, that of the former in a fine account of Robert de Visée’s arrangement of Lully’s Chaconne des Harlequins for theorbo…

Crescendo, September 2008: Ces deux dames étaient des fées et l'on eut bien du mal à s'extirper du monde dans lequel on avait été plongé par la seule force de leure sincère conviction.

Yorkshire Post, July 2008: ...the theorbo Chaconne in D by the emigre from Moravia, Gottfried Finger, a most engaging piece played with a nice lightness of touch by Sofie Vanden Eynde.

Basler Zeitung, November 2006: Wunderbar die die Stimme mit angedeuteten Imitationen umspielenden Begleitungen von Sophie Vanden Eynde (Theorbe)