Saugerties Pro Musica fills the gap, Hudson Valley One
Cello and piano share the spotlight in Rachmaninov's sonata, Facts & Arts
New Quartet Launched at French Cultural Center, The Boston Musical Intelligencer
Hartka-Hayes Duo in MA Meetinghouse, The Boston Musical Intelligencer
The Merits of Approaching a Challenging New Work, Strings Magazine
Ashfield cellist releases first CD, Daily Hampshire Gazette
International Roots: Cellist Rebecca Hartka's Debut Album "Folkfire", Lilipoh Magazine
Press Quotes and Testimonials
A powerful new recording of Rachmaninov's familiar Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor Op. 19 (Light and Shadow, Becsta Records) manages to take this rich Russian music to new heights. It ranks comfortably alongside several impressive readings by other major cellists.
Michael Johnson, Facts & Arts
Their performance of Beethoven's "Bei Mannern" Variations had excellent balance, both instruments strongly present, along with plenty of spirit, wide dynamics and nuance.
Both instruments sounded just plain wonderful, and I loved the rhapsodic quality of the slow movement.
...both players showed great subtlety and color in this enigmatic music
Leslie Gerber, Woodstock Times
Hartka gets much spirit into the fiery material. Falla's Jota has lots of
verve, as does the bravura Maruntel that closes Bartok's Romanian Dances.
Villa-Lobos's Black Swan is projected with lyrical warmth, while Michio's
Sea in Springtime has plenty of atmosphere. The pastoral elements in the
Vaughan Williams are effectively delineated
— The Strad
... No less than magical and eloquent.
— Hanoi Times
...(Hartka) emotes a passion worthy of a symphony orchestra
Hartka evokes the natural world in the hidden intricacies of folk song
Lulls the listener into the type of trance one might enter while
watching the sun rise over a misty foliage-filled New England morning.
— Adrienne Berard, Daily Hampshire Gazette
...The best and most wonderful part of all this is that Hartka "gets
it"—all of it. Yet she manages to do so without ever stealing the glory
from the music... Rather, we're in direct touch with the soul of the
Nana a spare study in loneliness allows a clear view of Hartka's special
gifts: a restrained intensity and a passion for precision that never
imposes itself upon the music, or succumbs to the temptation to show
— Joseph Marcello, Greenfield Recorder
Rebecca Hartka made the Brahms melodies heart rending.
— Martha Dorrill, Farmville Herald
There's a generosity of spirit in all the performances—it invites us in
and then sets us free.
— Patrice Maynard, Renewal Magazine