Press Coverage

What the critics say:

About Ensemble Caprice:

“The group’s arrangements are imaginative, even powerful, and the playing is topflight.” New York Times

“The ensemble has established itself as an immensely thoughtful and progressive force on the musical scene.” New York Times

“The music making by Ensemble Caprice was first rate.” New York Times

“Matthias Maute finds fresh, vibrant colors in Shostakovich’s music.” The New Yorker

“This is not only one of the most beautiful classical albums of the year; it is also one of the most inventive.” Toronto Star

“The artists’ physical involvement and infectious enjoyment, conveyed through body rhythms and expression, were what music should always be about.” Washington Post

“It was an unforgettable evening, the kind that leaves you contemplating large questions and wondering why so
few performances do.” Montreal Gazette

“Together they gave an extremely vibrant and nuanced performance of this seminal work (the Mass in B minor by J. S. Bach). In short, we witnessed a sweeping away of the dust and cobwebs.” Le Soleil de Québec

“Here a masterpiece of Early music has been created. Ensemble Caprice, as well as Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière, play themselves into a veritable high of sound. Vivaldi begins to dance, to whirl, and the skirts and wigs fly – this has strength, joy of life, inspiration, depth. This is music!” Alte Musik Aktuell

“The performers around Matthias Maute give their usual, and that is the best, to resurrect this atmosphere, and they succeed splendidly. This is particularly due to the gripping, sleek and pulsing interpretation that holds the listener in its spell from the beginning.” Toccata

“A true world of expressive gestures, colors and delicate ornaments. The pleasure of contrasting dynamics can be heard clearly.” Klassik Heute

“Intimate concert, unforgettable moment” High River Time

“Yes, this recital wears its title well; it is a sweet folly that emerges out of this fascinating encounter between early music and works composed by Matthias Maute. Striking!” Classica

“Brilliantly played and excellently interpreted.” Stuttgarter Zeitung

“The playing of the musicians was expressive, the dynamics pliable as putty, the plasticity of their phrasing warm and extravagant, and their virtuosity brilliant.” The Chronicle Herald

Matthias Maute

“In the Vivaldi concertos Matthias Maute performed, he displayed a rare virtuosity. With a pure, round tone he swept through Vivaldi’s rapid-fire runs, barely taking a breath. The deep expression proved that Maute may be the finest of today’s players…” Washington Post

“…Recorder virtuoso Matthias Maute offered contrasting concerti by Telemann and Vivaldi, playing both of them with crackling vitality and whizzing velocity.” Boston Globe

“Antonio Vivaldi’s E Minor Concerto … was performed with exuberant panache and jaw-dropping virtuosity by the amazing Matthias Maute, who is clearly poised to be early music’s next breakout superstar.” The Kansas City Star

Sophie Larivière

“The flutes and recorders of Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière were an absolute delight.” New York Times

Music as an art of living
“Thanks to an iron will and an unquestionable talent, she offers the Montreal audience surprising and always brilliant concerts.” Le Journal de Montréal

“The perfect technique and sensibility of play of flutist Sophie Larivière takes your breath away” L’Acadie nouvelle