Reviews


“Break out the champagne! It’s time to toast the finest new voice on the Baroque music scene in several years. Sally Sanford ... has a voice of astounding purity, unerringly focused, projected with striking firmness and power, and enhanced by the most graceful and effortless ornaments to be heard in a long time."
J.F.W., FANFARE MAGAZINE

“Sally Sanford does everything that’s essential and right to bring baroque vocal music alive...her clear, finely focused soprano limns the melody exquisitely with the natural vibrance of an expertly produced voice...Her technique is crystalline, but it is never used for pure display, only for expressive enhancement...her diction is so focused that the sound and sense of each word is pellucid...the experience was as moving as any I’ve had in opera...a jewel of a recital...”
Robert Commanday, THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“The jewel of Aston Magna is soprano Sally Sanford. Her art is exquisite. Everything rings true and seems enviably effortless. Her astounding agility allows for the most intricate ornamenting. All this is there plus humor, warmth, and pathos, as the music requires. She is quite a special musician."
Margaret Mary Barela, THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE

“...the cheerful and seemingly artless singing of Sally Sanford made Bach and his world seem the essence of human joy.”
Daniel Webster, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

“...her singing was utterly convincing and beautifully phrased.”
Charles Shere, THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE

“Looking like the incarnation of one of the muses, Sally Sanford sang with charm and lightness and read with exquisite poise English translations of her song...She sang with an unfailing sense of the text...one would like to see and hear her in performances of early opera...Sanford was very near perfection in her singing...a stunning performance...”
Ron Emery, THE SARATOGIAN

“Sally Sanford was totally convincing in the airs de cour which teasingly chat about the joys of love.”
BASLER ZEITUNG, Basel, Switzerland

“Sanford’s singing was particularly beautiful. Her tone had that pure, limpid innocence that is absolutely ideal for Renaissance and early baroque music, yet she also had the nimble technique to decorate the melody with supple, often quite elaborate musical ornaments.”
Carl Cunningham, THE HOUSTON POST

“Sally Sanford is at the heart of the Ensemble...She has a light, flexible soprano, one which is less interested in its own sound than in the sense of the text and the direction of the phrase. Whether singing Stefani’s playful ‘Amante felice’ or Machaut’s ‘Se je souspir,’ Purcell’s ‘Music for a while’ or Monteverdi’s ‘Laudate Dominum,’ Miss Sanford found the dramatic tone to match the musical lines, choosing simplicity and directness over display and estheticism.”
Edward Rothstein, THE NEW YORK TIMES