Jérémie Rhorer and Le Cercle de l’Harmonie with “Il barbiere die Siviglia” at the Edinburgh International Festival

«There are musical delights from the very outset, conductor Jérémie Rhorer’s period band Le Circle de l’Harmonie colouring the overture with raw pizzazz, and a final crescendo that translates into dizzy expectation. Rhorer’s swift and seamless direction underpins the strong points of this cast.»
The Scotsman, Ken Walton

«With conductor Jeremie Rohrer and his Cercle de l’Harmonie providing the freshest interpretation of the music in the pit, the characters inhabit a world framed by pages and staves of music, sometimes literally replicating the score on a huge scale. (…) The young chorus, Unikanti, are as well-drilled as the principals and the balance between voices and the instrumental ensemble pretty much perfect, from the revelatory account of the overture to the poised fortepiano continuo playing, with the period wind instruments, especially the clarinets, absolutely sparkling.»
The Herald Scotland, Keith Bruce

«A blank canvas of musical staves on the front cloth awaited its notes as period band Le Cercle de l’Harmonie under conductor Jérémie Rhorer struck up the overture, an enthralling sonic surprise. Period instrument performances can be excitingly spiky and angular, yet while this performance fizzed and sparked with energy as it should, the overall sound was astonishing, suffused with a delicate mellow softness like a gentle breeze swaying a field of meadow grass. The assortment of period percussion produced extraordinary sounds, the crescendo beginning with the barest of featherlight touches to a full range of peculiar crashes and bangs.»
Bachtrack, David Smythe

«In the pit, conductor Jérémie Rhorer and the period-instrument ensemble Cercle de l’Harmonie keep the performance fizzing amiably along in softer-hued tones than one is accustomed to hearing in modern-instrument performances of Rossini, underpinning what is undoubtedly a crowd-pleasing romp of a production.»
The Guardian, Rowena Smith