""The best tracks are those where Tarozzi and Walker themselves sing in combination with their own instruments, in ways that feel so personal and intimate, as if they are telling stories from the past that need to be told because there are lessons within that every new generation of people needs to know."
"Tarozzi and Walker offer plenty of fire on their own, complementing their virtuosic string playing—which dissolves the boundaries between folk and experimental music—with stunning vocals, alone and in harmony. There’s a twined beauty and progressive spirits in these arrangements, which underline the continuing validity of the messages within these songs. The album includes some more bracing original material, but it all fits together with organic power. Essential stuff."
"Tarozzi and Walker incorporate folk songs into the melodies they play, but the duo incorporate their approach to contemporary improvisation, with a plethora of extended techniques, scurrying lines, harmonics, altissimo playing and glissandos." - Cristian Carey
"Still the most moving moment from any album this year is a few seconds on the second track of this album, 'La Lega'... It's cinematic, perhaps intentionally emotive, but who cares, because it is like the whole choir has been lifted from the lowly earth and is transcending into heaven on a cloud, a Renaissance painting in music; a sacred elevation of this working class women's music. Can't get over it, won't get over it."
"This record is full of these moments of reflection, or lament, or the sadness of recognition; the flights of the heart and the toils of the mind."
freiStil, Magazin für Musik und Umgebung, November 2022
(Translated from German)
"They are songs about war, about work and about love - "Canti diguerra, di lavoro e d'amore". The two Italians give a voice (again) to the important role of women in this movement and bring their actions to the fore. Packing all this into a musical firework that just sparkles with pride and joy. The arrangements, with a wide range of sounds, which include epic choral singing as well as reduced loneliness. All of this with a tremendous intensity that goes deep under the skin.”
AUDION #71, October 2022
Reviewed by Alan Freeman
“The combinations of the other instruments (violin and cello), and lots of varied vocal elements all add up to make a music that…is more musically developed than its predecessor, although with less use of modern technology…As a relatively new talent just making her mark on the international new music scene…it will be intriguing to hear where Silvia Tarozzi goes next.”
"They sing in joyful, dense layers and dive into open spaces; it often sounds like they’re on an infinite feedback loop, each finding thrill and inspiration from the other. Walker and Tarozzi highlight the under-acknowledged creativity and virtuosity of women working together.”
- Allison Hussey
Wire Magazine, August 2022
Soundcheck by Julian Cowley
"In their various shared projects cellist Deborah Walker and violinist Silvia Tarozzi have become two of contemporary music's most impressive and rigorous string players, boldly erasing boundaries between notated music and improvisation”
Internationalist, July/August 2022
by Louise Gray
"With both original music from the duo and settings of older songs, this album conjures up the landscape of their region… Canti di guerra is an album about making links between musics, histories and genres, and is nothing short of wonderful.”
The Quietus, July 2022
"Rum Music For July" reviewed by Jennifer Lucy Allan
"There is a moment in proletarian struggle song 'La Lega' where, as the choir (the Coro delle Mondine di Bentivoglio) sing firm and in full voice like muscles flexed, strings pour in like mist under and around the women's voices, lifting them upwards as if they were all on a cloud transcending into the heavens.”
"There’s a twined beauty and progressive spirits in these arrangements, which underline the continuing validity of the messages within these songs. The album includes some more bracing original material, but it all fits together with organic power. Essential stuff."
Wire Magazine, June 2022
“Field of Dreams”, Full Page Feature by Peter Margasak
“In their various shared projects cellist Deborah Walker and violinist Silvia Tarozzi have become two of contemporary music's most impressive and rigorous string players, boldly erasing boundaries between notated music and improvisation”