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What the critics say:

“…triumphant blend of refinement and bold personality.” 

— Cleveland Plain Dealer 

"The audience was treated to witty entertainment of the highest quality—esprit and sensuality."

—Frankfurter Allgemein

"…exhilarating freshness.”

— The Times, London

"Musica ad Rhenum features one whiz of a flauto traverso-ist in the form of Jed Wentz who plays that wooden instrument like nobody's business. He is the James Galway of the early music set..."

— Sandiego.com

"…infectious, daring, and joyful style of music making." 

— Nürnberger Zeitung

“Listening pleasures pure with technical perfection.” 

— Kronenzeitung, Vienna

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Founded in 1992, Musica ad Rhenum, a Baroque ensemble from Amsterdam with flautist Jed Wentz as the founder, has created a devoted following in the musical world. The intensely personal and emotional style which characterizes the performances of the group has earned them a special place on the early music scene. "Exhilarating,” "refreshing,” “daring,” "virtuoso" and "cutting-edge" are words which critics have used to describe the highly-charged atmosphere the group has created in concerts throughout Europe, North and South America, Iceland, Israel and Japan.

While the ensemble has appeared in Holland at all the major venues, they have performed repeatedly at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and are regular guests at the Early Music Festival in Utrecht. Other important festivals include the Styriarte Graz, Bachtage Berlin, Regensburger Musiktage, Händel Festspiele Halle and Lufthansa Festival London, and festivals in York, Antwerp and Madrid. In addition, they have appeared at Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie and both at the Konzerthaus and the Musikverein of Vienna. 

On this continent, the ensemble has performed at venues in New York City (Frick Collection), Chicago, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Houston, Phoenix, Tucson, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, and others. Their most recent tour in March 2015 included well-received concerts at Yale and at the National Gallery.


Musica ad Rhenum has released more than 30 CDs. Not only have these recordings been hailed by critics throughout Europe as "setting a new standard" for early music performances, it has won the group many prizes and recommendations and invitations to the most prestigious venues.

The core activity of the group is the performance of 18th-century chamber music: most recently the group has specialised in French music, which they approach with the enthusiasm, style and sense of fun which characterizes all their work. Their success with this repertoire can perhaps be judged by their 2004 recording for the Brilliant Classics label, a 7-CD set which has sold more than 20,000 copies worldwide and had sensational reviews of the complete chamber music of François Couperin. 

Fonoforum had this to say: "And herein can be found the strength of Musica ad Rhenum's interpretation: seldom is French Baroque music offered with so much irresistible elan, can the structure be heard so clearly and are the melodies brought out with so much love for and attention to detail. Every measure makes it clear that the musicians are obviously very familiar with the complicated world of the ‘Agrémens,’ the embellishments.” 

And about their recent release, again on Brilliant Classics, of Telemann’s Paris Quartets, MDR-Figaro writes: "Also with these recordings Musica ad Rhenum proves that today they are one of the most interesting ensembles for early music. 

Musica ad Rhenum also won a Diapason d'Or for their recording of the Bach Flute Sonatas. 

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More what the critics say:

“We have known and appreciated Jed Wentz’ Musica ad Rhenum as guests of the Styriarte for quite a while. And also for Telemann they do find the right, the gentle and elegant tone…”

— Styriarte

“Jed Wentz plays with a wonderful warmth and clarity, and beautifully spins the melodic lines. His two accompanists in Musica ad Rhenum, cellist Job ter Haar and cembalist Michael Borgstede, are actually not “accompanists” but congenial musicians who manage to make this long-forgotten music become incredibly alive!” (R H Roman Sonatas)  

— MDR Figaro 

“The bubbling melodies and rhythms that run through all three CDs, the charisma of the soloists, the elan of the allegros (which borders, from time to time, on a Goebelesque frenzy) and an entirely youthful vigor paint an ardent and lyrical portrait of Telemann, especially in the more extended and attractive Nouveaux Quatours. Here Jed Wentz unleashes an unbridled, loquacious and enchanting virtuosity: listen—one example among 20 others—to the “Modere” and the “Pas Vite” of the fifth quartet and savor his luminous song, his arabesques, his faultless style.” 

— Diapason (Telemann)

"And herein can be found the strength of Musica ad Rhenum's interpretation: seldom is French Baroque music offered with so much irresistible elan, can the structure be heard so clearly and are the melodies brought out with so much love for, and attention to, detail. Every measure makes it clear that the musicians are obviously very familiar with the complicated world of the ‘Agrémens,’ the embellishments.” 

— Fonoforum. (Couperin) 

“Musica ad Rhenum, one of the best ensembles today, in my opinion." 

— Achbar HaIr, Tel Aviv 

"Here is early music more fresh and lively than one normally hears, music of days gone by that today goes straight in to the heart and feet, as if it were a pop concert. " 

— Frankfurter Allgemeine

"The audience was treated to witty entertainment of the highest quality—esprit and sensuality." 

— Frankfurter Allgemeine

"All of the pieces tested the musicians' expressive and technical abilities. The results were triumphant blends of refinement and bold personality." 

— Cleveland Plain Dealer 

"…refreshing sense of freedom." 

— Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"…infectious, daring, and joyful style of music making." 

— Nürnberger Zeitung 

"Listening pleasures pure with technical perfection.” 

— Kronenzeitung, Vienna

"Musica ad Rhenum lets music-making be always an exciting adventure. It is fun, it grants joy of life, gives courage to be spontaneous, and awakens one's own creativity." 

— Fon