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New England trio matches colorful cultures, Facts & Arts
Saugerties Pro Musica fills the gap, Hudson Valley One
New Quartet Launched at French Cultural Center, The Boston Musical Intelligencer
Hartka-Hayes Duo in MA Meetinghouse, The Boston Musical Intelligencer
International Roots: Cellist Rebecca Hartka's Debut Album "Folkfire", Lilipoh Magazine
Press Quotes and Testimonials
"Hartka and Lezcano play off against each other in a subtle but effective unity of rubato relationships that brings off the sonatas with a personality that catches the ears and holds them… Hartka and Lysakowski are
just as subtle in their playing, making their Debussy sonata well worth having. This is unusual and well played."
"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."
"Their performance of Beethoven's 'Bei Mannern' Variations had excellent balance, both instruments strongly present, along with plenty of spirit, wide dynamics and nuance."
"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"
"... No less than magical and eloquent."
"...(Hartka) emotes a passion worthy of a symphony orchestra"
"...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 music throughout."
"Rebecca Hartka made the Brahms melodies heart rending."
"There's a generosity of spirit in all the performances—it invites us in and then sets us free."