"In the pit, Julian Perkins coaxed vigorous, charming accompaniments to Arne’s ballads, while the richness of Stradella’s textures, particularly in the varied recitatives, was conveyed through the ensemble’s fresh tone and full-bodied sonorities; there was a sense of perpetually developing musical arguments. (Perkins also composed four additional choruses and inserted two instrumental interludes by Caldara to allow for scene changes; the joins were seamless.)"
"…heartening dramatic energy under Julian Perkins’s assured direction"
"Musically and dramatically, the evening was a triumph. Julian Perkins conducted with energy and a continuous sense of rightness."
"I have seldom seen singers and players enjoying themselves quite as much as in this performance… Julian Perkins’s clear direction must have been a delight to follow."
Early Music Review
"...the opera is directed by Julian Perkins with verve and wit."
Early Music Today
"Perkins and his forces give a delightfully involving and stylish performance which is more than recommendable on its own terms."
''...extremely well driven by Spiritato!'s conductor, Julian Perkins.''
''...Perkins's dynamic direction of the single strings and theorbo ensemble combined to stylish and sincere effect.''
"Conductor Julian Perkins gave impressively clear directions to both choir and orchestra..."
Early Music Reviews
''...the orchestra claimed our full attention with a precise and idiomatic overture, full of joyful energy under the direction of Julian Perkins.''
The Arts Desk
"…superbly creative accompaniment from Julian Perkins."
"...effortless virtuosity... Julian Perkins gives performances that reach to the heart of the music."
International Record Review
"...a leader in the new generation of keyboard virtuosi"
Cambridge Early Music
"...a marvel of style"
The Dominion Post
"...yet more marvellous improvised invention from Julian Perkins on harpsichord"
Dame Emma Kirkby
''...brilliant and fresh''
American Record Guide
''Perkins plays with just the right dash of theatricality...''
''A wonderfully adept and stylish continuo from Julian Perkins (harpsichord) and Christian Elliott (cello) gave the recits real depth, pace and meaning – and the singers’ coaching in this was really exemplary...''
The Critics' Circle
''...the contributions of Christian Elliott on principal cello and Julian Perkins on harpsichord were outstanding, playing with genuine feeling that brought out the underlying humanity in the score, not to mention the evident genius of Handel's writing.''
''...music making of the highest order, rewarding the attentive listener at every level of detail.''
Boston Clavichord Society, USA