Loretta O'Sullivan









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Loretta O'Sullivan


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"Loretta O'Sullivan coaxes a gorgeous, singing voice from her cello in Boismortier's G major Sonata. The third movement...is exquisitely phrased, returning like a magnet to a low drone that gives way to a delicate dance that breathes and smiles in its pastoral setting."

Classical Music with Chris Voss
WCRB radio - 2019

"These imaginative Sonatas are beautifully played by the excellent Four Nations Ensemble."

Suzanne Bona
Sunday Baroque Holiday Gift List 2016
Geminiani Sonatas for Cello, Op. 5

"Loretta O'Sullivan's solid continuo is always a delight"

Barbara Stroop
In the Spotlight
Aston Magna Concert, June 2018

"Within these auburn-dark tones, she performed near miracles."

Harry Rolnick, ConcertoNet.com
2017 performance, Vivaldi Cello Concerto at Merkin Concert Hall with the Four Nations Ensemble

"David Miller, and Loretta O'Sullivan joined Daniel Stepner in this exquisite performance ... such was its richness and the engagement of its performers that time flew by."

Eli Newberger, The Berkshire Edge
2017 Aston Magna, Mozart Divertimento, at St. James Church, Great Barrington, MA

"Miss O'Sullivan gave a sweetly lyrical account of a Vivaldi Sonata in B flat...she displayed a comfortable technical facility in two difficult unaccompanied studies by Jean Pierre and Jean Louis Duport...the most compelling performance of the evening was a colorful rendering of Beethoven's Sonata in F...contrasts between loud extroverted passages and the pianissimo sections that followed were particularly vivid."

Allan Kozinn, New York Times – Merkin Concert Hall recital with the
Four Nations Ensemble

"I was especially struck by cellist Loretta O'Sullivan's clear effortless articulation in the Haydn's phrasing... It was a special pleasure to hear her play the elaborate jumping motif... with her marvelous lightness and expressive phrasing."

Michael Miller, The Berkshire Review for the Arts
Aston Magna Concert July 2009

"The aria exquisitely played by Loretta O'Sullivan, unmistakably represents the heart swooning with pain."

Stanley Sadie, Gramophone Magazine – The Four Nations Ensemble

"Here, O'Sullivan caresses a lilting, rising line; she then unveils the melody's sensual potential by remolding its contours with embellishment and rubato as it is repeated."

Berta Joncus, International Record Review – The Four Nations Ensemble

"Loretta O'Sullivan gives an authoritative account of Vivaldi's B Flat Major sonata, taking her time to phrase its two slow movements with lyricisim, and offering lively, well articulated, and tastefully ornamented readings of its two allegros."

Robin Stowell, The Strad Magazine – The Four Nations Ensemble

"In the Vivaldi, the soloist was Loretta O'Sullivan, who settled into a beautifully shaped reading of the piece."

Allan Kozin, The New York Times – Artek Ensemble

"Shubert's 'Shepherd on the Rock'...was gorgeously played by O'Sullivan, who never sounded better."

Howard Vogel, Woodstock Times – The Four Nations Ensemble

"...the music-making was intimate, beautifully blended, flexible and spontaneous. From here on, everything felt important."

Stephen Pettitt, The London Times – Haydn Baryton Trio

"O'Sullivan's fluid bowing and rich tone supported by flawles intonation and ample expression, made for a polished performance. The Sarabande was particularly moving, played with wistful regret."

Dianne Peterson, The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, CA
    – The Four Nations Ensemble

"...Both performances are distinguished by a sharpness of attack and angularity of melodic articulation that provide real character within carefully defined boundaries of style."

John D. Wiser, Fanfare – The Classical Quartet – recording of
    Mozart String Quartets

"I admit to a special partiality to the honesty and sweet, unaffected grace of O'Sullivan's playing."

Leslie Kandell, The Berkshire Eagle – Aston Magna

"Cellist O'Sullivan was simply spectacular in the Mozart. She was all over the instrument, in tune, expressive, virtuosic."

Paul Somers, The Star Ledger – Aston Magna