Reviews of concerts and CDs.
"Sweelinck begins in that sort of wandering, loved by some, made of ruptures and apparently arbitrary suspensions which are, however, quickly justified: Mark Edwards brings the listener to new and unpredictable regions, using all the resources of his instrument [...], of his virtuosity and of his imagination, with the stamp--in the sweep of his playing--of the organist he also is. The Bach was even more edifying, benefiting from an excellent choice of instrument and carried with a sovereign authority. Ovation." (Trans.)
Mergeay, M. "Révolution au concours de Bruges,"La Libre Belgique, 11 August, 2012.
"It is rare for a mixed-recital harpsichord album to supply an overwhelming emotional experience. This is one that does… Studying Kuhnau's and Reincken's keyboard music elsewhere, I had never got the sense that they were much more than competent provincial craftsmen. These performances make them sound like important composers, largely through carefully-graded changes of tempo to provoke emotional responses…
Bach's piece is the mighty Chaconne for solo violin, transposed from D minor to A minor and thoroughly elaborated by Edwards. He even brings in some ideas from Liszt and Busoni. This is the most turbulent performance of the piece that I have ever heard, on any instrument, and the middle section's switch to A major is beyond words. The previous hour of music has built inexorably to that point… Anything can happen in a performance this great, and it does."
Lehman, B. CD Review of Orpheus Descending, American Record Guide, May/June 2017, p. 165.
"Playing from memory, Edwards shaped a reading both lyrical and virtuosic, assisted by a harpsichord that sang beautifully into Kulas Hall. The crowd called for an encore, and Edwards gave them a delectable Forqueray chaconne."
Hathaway, D. "Oberlin BPI: Week 2, Day 2." ClevelandClassical.com, 3 July 2017.
"Tuesday afternoon at First Lutheran Church, the 25-year-old Canadian harpsichordist Mark Edwards presented a program that traced the evolution of Bach's music from youth to maturity. Edwards handled Bach's lavish flourishes and showy runs with confidence [...]. He especially dazzled with his own florid transcription of the famous chaconne from the D-minor violin partita."
Longaker, M. "Rising Stars in Boston,"Early Music America, Fall 2013 Issue (Volume 19, Number 3).