"There were fine moments, supplied mainly by the soprano Dominique Labelle, especially in the impassioned “Lettera Amorosa” (“Love Letter”), accompanied sparely and touchingly by the theorbo of Catherine Liddell."
James Oestreich, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"It is always a sheer delight to hear Dominique Labelle; this duet with Liddell showcased their skills in a divine pairing with nuanced phrasings and articulations and tightly attuned shadings. This performance alone was worth the price of admission and I would love to hear them in this music again."
Cashman Kerr Prince, THE BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER
Liddell's performance was breathtaking. But it wasn't just
a concert. It was a story, told (and played)
with such passion that many in the audience were close to tears.
It was one of the most memorable performances I've witnessed
in my entire life."
LUTE QUARTERLY (September 2006),
LUTE SOCIETY OF AMERICA
brightest and most winning part of the evening's performance
was Liddell's reading of a suite for lute alone...full
shading and gradations of sound. Her phrasing called attention
to the beauty of the instrument and to the melodic lines...the
balance of melody and accompaniment was artfully maintained.”
NEW HAVEN REGISTER
the highlight of the concert was Catherine Liddell's interpretation
of Bach's Suite [BWV1007 for 'cello transcribed for lute
Catherine Liddell]. I do not believe that this preference is
musical prejudice on my part, for in many ways the Suite
the most difficult work on the program to listen to because
of its great length and its common association with the cello...In
her performance Liddell demonstrated mastery of the music
an exquisite sense of timing and a subtle molding of each phrase.
It created a musical experience that will be remembered for
a long time.”
couple of sets of variations gave Hsu and theorbo player
Liddell ample opportunity to demonstrate their command of time.
Their tight ensemble and subtle varying of pulse gave the
aspect of overhearing a conversation between close friends.”
Liddell, on the theorbo...listened attentively and colored
words as responsively as the singers did.”
grace and subtle expressiveness of Jeppesen and Liddell was
she is known as a specialist in realizing (improvising) accompaniments
to solo voice or instrument, Liddell's solo performance of
Preludio by Kapsberger on the theorbo was magnificent. She
made it look easy.”
Liddell…plays Gallot [with a] fine and subtle use of dynamics
that makes full use of the clear tone and expressive possibilities
of the Michael Lowe lute she employs…the result is a recital
that should persuade even the most previously resistant listener
of the subtle charms of this…repertoire.”
THE LUTE SOCIETY (ENGLAND)/LUTE NEWS
CD [La belle voilée] has been available for six years
and has not yet been superceded. It rewards every effort to
acquire it…one of the best recordings I have heard.”
THE GERMAN LUTE SOCIETY