Excerpts from some concert reviews
The five gentleman prove themselves to be true virtuosos. Enthusiastic applause.
Kärntner Tageszeitung, Klagenfurt
...not a solemn evening to relax, but a musical banquet of the senses.
Kronen Zeitung, Wien
One could have wished to listen longer, since this formation is perfectly cast. You won't find any better for this style of music.
Highly precise though not sterile. Michael Posch proves his ease with the flute, making him a Jean -Pierre Rampal of Early music, likewise the impeccable sound. The performance of this group is so thrilling. The sonorous event speaks for itself.
The musicianship of Ensemble Unicorn is inexhaustible. The Ensemble has found a congenial partner in Bernhard Landauer who enters a colorful dialog with the excellent musicians (the flutist brilliant, the percussionist fantastic). Modern, fresh, the Cantigas de Santa Maria.
Tiroler Tageszeitung, Innsbruck
The well-known Ensemble Unicorn provided a fantastic concert. The improvisations received standing ovations."
...the dulcet sounds of Posch´s recorders, which nonetheless held its own in rapid paced, virtuoso dialogues with Ambrosini´s fiddle. The listeners were impressed by the skill and imagination of the pieces, and uplifted by the sheer joy and exuberance of the performances.
The Globe, Toronto
They are going wild with medieval music. Rhythmic. Hilarious. It is a kind of "rock" music of the 14 th century. I was invited to a dressed up concert and found myself in a renaissance discotheque. Every now and then it is almost contemporary. Somehow spicy. The ensemble plays on old authentic instruments in a superb virtuosity.
Yedihot A´hronot, Tel Aviv
...and Michael Posch who presented a superb technical performance on his recorder and was also able to provide thoroughly audible contours even at the quickest tempo.
The compositions from the concert (mostly Italian Quattrocento) are not dusty scientific reconstructions but vivacious reality!
Michael posch and his Unicorn ensemble left the audience in a state of emotion that only great art can convey.!
The Star, Amman
Michael Posch, head of the brilliant Ensemble Unicorn, fascinates with his poignant sounds and virtuosity.
Sächsische Zeitung, Dresden
The festival united the stars of the Medieval scene; among them Ensemble Unicorn. The group from Vienna offered a virtuoso italian programme.
Ensemble conductor Michael Posch supplied -with delicate tones on the smallest recorders- truly dexterous finger work opposite the fidel.
The five musicians are masters of the art of improvisation even in a thicket of counter rhythms. The crowd went wild.
...overwhelming insight into the word of medieval sound. ...enormous energie for the topsy-turvy firework of downright ecstatic eruptions! ...a totally enthusiastic audience!
Westfälische Nachrichten, Münster
Empathy and perfection of interpretation are persuasive, grasp the audience. ... the tonal range of the historical instruments is astounding. The musicians control their instruments brilliantly, the audience was carried away.
It was a pensive, gripping, instructive and passionate event which in the end roused the listeners to standing ovations and multiple encores from the Ensemble. A fresh, at times impudent, at times thoughtful, music came from the stage, thrilling each listener. The enthusiasm was soon boundless. A great achievement of a highly professional Ensemble, which in all matters, musicological, historical, and also the ability to enthuse the large audience, was able to deliver something outstanding!
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Stuttgart
...much creative fantasy. acribic purity in the intonation as well as exuberant vivacity. In other words: wonderfully played. Almost too beautiful to be true.
Die Neckarquelle, Villingen- Schwenningen