- Mittelbayerische Zeitung, 25/5/2015 - Gerhard Dietel
"The six voices sound highly expressive; the Cantus and Altus singers show virtuosic agility, which brings to mind the timbre and playfulness of Cornetti. The way the singers transform the meaning of the text into vocal sound is impressive; Affects of mourning transform into a calm flow of sound, while those of pain and lamenting are expressed in rhythmical lashes and passages almost overflowing with exciting diminutions." [excerpt translated by D. Dunkelblum] [link]
- Tiroler Tageszeitung, 4/4/2015 - Ursula Strohal
"Profeti della Quinta bring their exceptional abilities for the music of the high Renaissance, singing with flawless intonation" [excerpt translated by D. Dunkelblum] [link]
- Toccata Magazine 75/2015 - Anne Metz
“Profeti della Quinta sang superbly together and kept a perfect contact between them, without any need for conducting, even not for giving an entrance. They articulated the music clearly and delighted the public with their lively presentation of these highly emotional works, which was full of subtle dynamic and agogic details. They were sensitively supported by Ori Harmelin on the lute and theorbo… the first countertenor Doron Schleifer was the star of the troop with his clear and direct voice, which sounded wonderfully round even in the highest range.” [excerpt translated by D. Dunkelblum]
- musicologie.org, 12/11/2014 - Jean-Luc Vannier
"...their strong sense of community is demonstrated by sustained eye contact and their exchange of gestures at the times when the music calls for communication between characters. Their interpretation thus displays a level of emotional expression rarely seen, which one clearly feels in the hall. As a group their voices intertwine and adapt to each other smoothly, yet each individual voice can still be clearly identified." [link]
[excerpt translated by Z. Sanders]
- musebaroque.fr, 19/6/2014 - Pedro-Octavio Diaz
"The Israeli ensemble Profeti della Quinta is astonishingly balanced. The voices are very well adapted to the madrigal repertoire and one notes an amazing clarity in their communication of the text." [link]
[excerpt translated by Z. Sanders]
- Tiroler Tageszeitung, 19/4/2014
"Profeti della Quinta performed exquisitely, with their young and fresh voices, blending in perfect balance, integrating with each other and proving themselves also as soloists ... With their superb beauty of sound and magnificent perfection of intonation ... Employing musical freedom, sensuality and charm, they offered in addition an insight into the poetry of the time." [link]
[excerpt translated by D. Dunkelblum]
- Los Angeles Times, 01/02/2014 - Mark Swed
"graciously sophisticated yet subtly mischievous."; "exquisite intonation and refinement."; "[kadish:] the music and the singing of it were indescribably beautiful." [link]
- New York Classical Review, 27/01/2014 - Eric.C.Simpson
"Making their U.S. debut, Profeti della Quinta were as captivating in person as they had been on screen. The printed programs included text-and-translation, but it was hardly needed. They conveyed the meaning of the poetry with their diction, intention, and phrasing, commanding constant attention with their passionate and emotional music-making." [link]
- The Guardian, 22/12/2013 - Fiona Maddocks
Il Mantovano Hebreo (Linn Records 2013) was named under "Hidden gems of 2013": "...This expertly performed collection of Italian madrigals, Hebrew prayers and instrumental music deserves recognition as a hidden gem." [link]
- LeDroit, 19/7/2013 - Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer
"Ensemble Profeti della Quinta is a sonorous wonder... it was admirably accompanied by the theorbo and the harpsichord... The balance between the voices, the polyphonic precision and the radiant virtuosity of the countertenor soloist, made this concert a feast for the ears and for the soul.." [link]
[excerpt translated by D. Dunkelblum]
- Pamela hickman's concert critique blog, 23/5/13
"The Profeti della Quinta singers perform with informed- and polished assurance as an ensemble and as soloists.
Theirs is artistry at its finest." [link]
- www.musebaroque.fr, 25/6/2012 - Loïc Chahine
"What a concert! …. From the very first notes, the excellent sound quality of Profeti della Quinta strikes the listener. It has, as is the case with the best groups specializing in the Madrigal Repertoire, a true ensemble sound. The voices unite in intervals of stunning accuracy based on firm intonation, and one hears that every detail is carefully attended to. There is a perfect balance of the voices, one is able follow each part, and the clarity of the counterpoint is impeccable. The details in every line – melismas, articulation, ornaments – are carefully carved, and the whole is clearly articulated. The Ensemble shines in quick changes from one affect to the other: from noble contemplation to jubilation to held-back pain... Profeti della Quinta are like a refined crystal glass – we hope to drink from it often." [link] [excerpt translated by D. Dunkelblum]
- Early music review 143, August 2011 – Andrew Bensos-Wilson
"They exhibited an outstanding consort blend, with beautifully pure vocal tone and intonation... They made excellent use of diminutions, weaving them into the overall fabric. Although all the singers were excellent, the two outer voices of countertenor Doron Schleifer and bass Elam Rotem made particularly significant contributions to the stunning sound of the group."
- musolife.com, 18/7/2011 - Profeti Della Quinta named York Early Music competition winners
"Profeti Della Quinta's stunning authentic performance practice and quality of execution was truly magnificent,'
commented Philip Hobbs, chairman of the judges and chief classical producer with Linn Records."
- Toccata alte music actuel, 44/2009 - Robert Strobl
CD of the month! "Die fünf Quint-Propheten bestechen in ihrer Vokalausführung. Die zwei Countertenöre, zwei Tenöre und der Bass und Ensemblechef Elam Rotem verblüffen mit einer blitzsauberen und hochmusikalischen Darbietung, der man absoluten Respekt zollen muss!" [link]
- Klassik-heute.com, 29/9/09 - Gerhard Pätzig
"Hohe Erwartungen erfüllt auch die fünfköpfige, männliche Vokalgruppe Profeti della Quinta, deren zwei Countertenöre brillant die Sopran- und Altlage zu den Mittel- und Fundamentstimmen abrunden. Auch die Farbmischung mit den gelegentlich hinzutretenden Instrumenten erreicht vorbildliche Verschmelzungsgrade an vibratofreier Gesamtklang-Reinheit und Kultur."
- Vespers1610.com, 22/10/09 - Craig Zeichner
"The performances by Profeti della Quinta are revelations. Here’s the precision and tonal beauty that this music deserves and it makes this CD the essential Rossi recording to add to your collection. I only hope Profeti Della Quinta go on to record more Rossi." [link]. Also - under best of 2009: "It’s about time an ensemble finally made a truly excellent recording of Rossi’s sacred music. "
- Jerusalem Post, 4/3/09 - Pamela Hickman
"The renditions by the Profeti della Quinta, an Israeli group consisting of two counter tenors, two tenors and a bass, were a pure delight. Intonation was exceptionally pure, and pronunciation was clear and more intelligible than that of many local vocal ensembles. The articulation was well-shaped and the accentuations were placed pointedly, though subtly."