"Each project of harpsichordist Diego Ares shakes the foundations of Early Music"
EDUARDO TORRICO (SCHERZO)
"Ares sets a new standard here"
(...) there is an emotional and aesthetic completeness about the overall style of Ares' playing that seems synched to the composer's vision. (...) This doubling of the scope of the work renders a timelessness, a vastness of beauty, that truly allows a great performer, which Ares most certainly is, to create a world for the listener to dwell in, alone with the majesty of Bach.
Peter Wurwasser (Fanfare Magazine)
"Ares' approach is unique"
(...) With impressive ease, Ares brings the same freedom to the music as in 2009. (...) There is no lack of good Soler interpreters, but Ares' infinitely voluble and charming approach is unique. One has the feeling of attending an improvisation session rather than a performance of written music, so much so that the music springs forth with a fresh and constantly renewed energy (...). Capricious and sensual, with an unfailing suppleness, this Soler does not impose himself on the listener: on the contrary, he asks us to let ourselves be carried away by his reveries, his rubato, his volatile visions, always soaked in tenderness.
Philippe Ramin (Diapason)
" Ares is only at the level of the most privileged"
(...) I heard him for the first time four years ago (...) with the Goldberg Variations, and his colossal reading astounded me. Later, his first solo recording, with music by Father Soler, confirmed my conviction that we are in the presence of a major interpreter. However, the present disc tells me that perhaps I was short-sighted in my expectations, because Ares is only at the level of the most privileged.
Eduardo Torrico (Scherzo)
His natural passion and sensuality never slip into excess (...). One could elaborate at length on the technical and aesthetic aspects that contribute to the excellence of his interpretation. It can be summed up in two words: "Tiene duende" (...). In him, duende is the rhythmic flight of gestures on the keyboard, sustained by a kind of controlled ecstasy, a light bewitchment that holds the performer and the listener high above himself.
Jean-Blaise Rochat (La Nation)
"charisma, star quality, you name it"
(...) Diego Ares has that rare, undefinable something that one usually associates with film actors: charisma, star quality, you name it. He has fantastic articulation, and displays equal amounts of precision, temperament , elegance, sense of drama, passion, and bravado. (...)
Laura Rónai (Fanfare Magazine)
"Playing together while retaining each other's individuality: this could be the motto of Margaux Blanchard and Diego Ares, who have produced a renewed interpretation of an iconic repertoire for viola da gamba and harpsichord."