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Saugerties Pro Musica fills the gap, Hudson Valley One
New Quartet Launched at French Cultural Center, The Boston Musical Intelligencer
Hartka-Hayes Duo in MA Meetinghouse, The Boston Musical Intelligencer
The Merits of Approaching a Challenging New Work, Strings Magazine
Ashfield cellist releases first CD, Daily Hampshire Gazette
International Roots: Cellist Rebecca Hartka's Debut Album "Folkfire", Lilipoh Magazine
Press Quotes and Testimonials
A powerful new recording of Rachmaninov's familiar Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor Op. 19 (Light and Shadow, Becsta Records) manages to take this rich Russian music to new heights. It ranks comfortably alongside several impressive readings by other major cellists.
Their performance of Beethoven's "Bei Mannern" Variations had excellent balance, both instruments strongly present, along with plenty of spirit, wide dynamics and nuance.
Hartka gets much spirit into the fiery material. Falla's Jota has lots of
verve, as does the bravura Maruntel that closes Bartok's Romanian Dances.
Villa-Lobos's Black Swan is projected with lyrical warmth, while Michio's
Sea in Springtime has plenty of atmosphere. The pastoral elements in the
Vaughan Williams are effectively delineated
... No less than magical and eloquent.
...(Hartka) emotes a passion worthy of a symphony orchestra
...The best and most wonderful part of all this is that Hartka "gets
it"—all of it. Yet she manages to do so without ever stealing the glory
from the music... Rather, we're in direct touch with the soul of the
Rebecca Hartka made the Brahms melodies heart rending.
There's a generosity of spirit in all the performances—it invites us in
and then sets us free.