CD Reviews

Elysium Ensemble. Greg Dikmans (Quantz flute), Lucinda Moon (baroque violin)
- Quantz Flute Concertos. Resonus Classics RES10252

"Subtle tension is spun through carefully measured emphasis and silence, and all with a hugely sensitive chamber awareness between ensemble and soloist; listen out too for cellist Josephine Vains's attentive duetting with Dikmans. It's true that there's not a lot of recorded competition when it comes to this repertoire, but even if there were I'd wager this would still sit near the top"  - GRAMOPHONE, January 2020   

Accademia Arcadia. Davide Monti (baroque violin), Josephine Vains (baroque cello), Jacqueline Ogeil (Cristofori piano)
- Il Diavolo [The Italian Devil]. Tall Poppies TP241

One of the great aspects of this album is the fact that two of the musicians are locals who work hard at furthering the classical music culture in Australia, while the third (virtuosic violinist Davide Monti) is a frequent visitor who brings a wealth of knowledge to our shores. The founder of Arcadia, Jacqueline Ogeil, also had a Christofori piano made for her (one of the first examples of a pianoforte and the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere) and founded the extremely popular Woodend Winter Arts Festival. Together with Monti and Josephine Vains on continuo cello, they sound like three friends who, for the sheer thrill of playing music, came together to create this recording. Kate Rockstrom, Readings, 2017

Overall this CD is an exciting example of scholarly research combined with musical intuition by virtuoso performers to create a unique and convincing interpretation of this repertoire. Margaret Caley, Stringendo Magazine, 2017

Performance Reviews

The trio worked effectively to create a portrait of a frosty Russian landscape, with cello lines by Josephine Vains particularly absorbing - The Age April 2015

Josephine Vains was an expressive soloist and fabulous internal communicator in a vibrant and muscular performance of Schubert's Piano Trio in E flat - The Age, March 2013

Josephine Vains' firm and expressive cello line was particularly eloquent in the work's second part, where the man speaks for the first time in Dehmel's poem that inspired the composition - Of Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht -The Age July 2012

Vains's eloquent tenor reaches gained markedly from Martin's careful dynamic husbandry right through a jaunty scherzo, a well-spun Andante cantabile, and as rational a reading of the sparkling finale as you could want - The Age, April 2011

Cellist Josephine Vains delivered the striding scale-like solos in her part with impressive energy - The Age 2010

Josephine Vains' accounts of the Britten Cello Suite No. 1 and the Bach C Major Suite were greeted with equally spirited applause in St Alipius Church on Sunday - The Age, January 2007

Vains played the cello-focused Movement 5 from Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time and gave a glowing reading of the fragment's lyrical seam of melodic/religious fervour - The Age, May 2004