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Royal Fireworks, May 13 to 15, 2016

"As British harpsichordist, Steven Devine, conducted while playing his instrument, the audience marveled at the immaculate timing between him and Arion's brilliant musicians.  Energy and precision was palpably exciting, and Mr. Devine's hold both over the orchestra and us became instant during the second work performed on the program: Arne's Concerto for Harpsichord No. 5 in G minor." - Nancy Snipper, Arts & Opinion

 

Beyond the Four Seasons!, October 9 to 11, 2015

"There seems to be no Baroque composer Arion can't perform. With dash, panache and impeccable timing, last night's concert proved that the orchestra possesses a perfectly lustrous lean for Vivaldi - the master of this sterling period of music. [...] The twittering sounds [Claire Guimond] produced from her instrument in mimicking the goldfinch was astounding." - Nancy Snipper, Arts & Opinion

 

Flutes and Company, September 18, 2015

"Two fantastic concertos constituted the first two works on the program, and nothing could delight the ear more than hearing the stunning alto recorder playing of Alexa Raine-Wright as she soared in the first piece with a member of Arion (in sparse number) setting a lush string harmonic background. [...] This afternoon Croque-Baroque affair started off the season's series of noon concerts with spice, flavour and flare. Impeccable timing, nuances bolstered by spritely, majestic and plaintive moods proved that from largos to allegros to minuets and prestos, Arion can do it all. Small in size for this intimate concert, this internationally acclaimed orchestra showed us that size has nothing to do with making absolutely superb music composed by geniuses of enormous brilliance." - Nancy Snipper, Arts & Opinion

 

Cuckoo!, October 17 to 19, 2014

"Never before have I witnessed an ensemble produce such a remarkable and unified sound, such impeccable phrasing, such unparalleled expression of stunning sonority, phrasing and brilliant beat punctuations as I did in Bourgie Hall during Arion's kick-off 2014/15 concert titled "Coucou!" - Nancy Snipper, Arts & Opinion

 

Venice Tempest, November 14 to 17, 2013

"La directrice et cofondatrice de l’ensemble, la flûtiste Claire Guimond, nous avait concocté un programme tel qu’on les aime et tel qu’Arion nous les sert souvent, avec de la variété, de la complémentarité, de la rareté." - Martin Prévost, La Pieuvre
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Venezia, mi amore, October 17 to 20, 2013

"Onofri respire cette musique et motive Arion à jouer à son meilleur niveau" - Christophe Huss, Le Devoir
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"Jouant et dirigeant cette fois de mémoire, Enrico Onofri traverse avec autant de raffinement musical que d'aisance technique le huitième des 12 concertos du recueil Il Cimento dell'Armonia e dell'Inventione." - Claude Gingras, La Presse
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A Few More Reviews

"The clarity and freshness of Arion's interpretations have been remarked upon since its first concerts; the delicacy of its readings of well-chosen and varied works has never wavered in 29 years. Constant attention to detail has earned the orchestra, led by the enlightened artistic vision of flutist Claire Guimond, a place among the most renowned early music ensembles in North America and throughout the world." - Nancy Snipper, Arts & Opinion

" The [C.P.E. Bach] flute concerto isn’t just well-written and expertly performed – it is really exciting and leaves you delighting in the expressive technique and truly spectacular ensemble work […]. "- David Vernier, Listen

" Arion Orchestre Baroque deliver outstanding Vivaldi programme." - Richard Todd, Ottawa Citizen

" One could relish the impeccable intonation of the strings and their collective instinct for appropriate texture.  Judging by this concert, Arion is in great shape." - Arthur Kaptainis, The Gazette

" Le sentiment de majesté et de grandeur qu’on pouvait éprouver devant une telle plénitude sonore était à vous donner la chair de poule." - Richard Boisvert, Le Soleil

"On y admirait la pose des notes, la tenue des nuances piano et la douceur fondue des coloris orchestraux." - Christophe Huss, Le Devoir

" Ce groupe de musique ancienne, qui joue dans le style et sur des instruments d’époque, est l’un de ceux qui ont fait de Montréal une capitale du Baroque." - L’Actualité

L’Ensemble montréalais Arion a étendu ses ailes pour devenir un orchestre baroque de premier ordre. Il travaille avec une brochette colorée et impressionnante de chefs invités, ce qui est certainement un des secrets de son succès. Sur ce très beau disque, c’est le Néerlandais Jaap ter Linden qui dirige ces lectures bouillonnantes et fort inspirées d’œuvres bien connues du grand Bach. - The National Post

"C'est ma 2e expérience avec Arion, c'est la 2e fois que le chef et soliste invité fait preuve d'un talent, d'une fougue et d'une passion remarquable." - Jonathan Blanchet, Voir

"Un duo eccezionale : l’orchestra di Arion famosa per i suoi strumenti di epoca in Québec che fa di essa uno dei più illustri portavoce québécois e tra le migliori orchestre barocche sul piano internazionale." - Il Cittadino Canadese