audio: Marcello, Sonate d-Moll, Adagio, live 2007
audio: Marcello, Sonate d-Moll, Allegro, live 2007
The Swiss Ensemble Magic Ayres with recorder soloist Sabrina Frey and harpsichordist Vital Julian Frey was founded in February 2002 and has been active as chamber music ensemble throughout Europe. Based on a sound knowlegde of historical sources and their original cooperation with Kees Boeke the two young musicians have appropriated their own spirited style in the music from different epochs ranging from Gregorian times up to the present. The homogeneity of their common performance, the technical sovereignty of each one of the two musicians, as well as their convincing interpretations have enthused both the audience and the press.
In addition to numerous concerts in Switzerland, concert invitations have led the ensemble to Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Czech Republic. The young musicians won the prize "Orpheus Concerts" 2003 and were invited by the renowned conductor Howard Griffiths 2004 to perform in the Tonhalle Zurich at the International Orpheum Music Festival. Since 2006 a collaboration with musicians such as Maurice Steger (recorder sololist, Thuner Schlossfestspiele 2007), Stéphanie Meyer (violoncello), Marco Frezzato (violoncello) and Fiorenza de Donatis (violin) have enlarged the duo formation for certain concert projects. Live recordings have been broadcast on Radio DRS 2.
Magic Ayres is a highly interesting ensemble with an artistic partnership on an outstanding level, varied in their programs and with brilliant soloistic individual performances.
Robert Fischer (Conductor and artistic director of the Camerata Graz, Austria)
Subtly tuned to the other musicians, each member of the ensemble imbued his/her instruments with a life its own.
Thuner Tagblatt, 8 May 2004
The ensemble performance of the young artists, their convincing, well elaborated and creative ideas as well as the unmistakable precision have impressed me deeply.