"With or without a conductor: the ensemble ascolta was precisely together and one was astonished at the details of sound."
(Reinhard Kriechbaum writing in DrehPunktKultur about the ascolta concert of March 10th 2011 at the Salzburg Biennale)
"The group played the world premiere of the three movement "Chopin transcriptions" by ascolta's trombonist Andrew Digby. It was wonderful how the musicians let the spirit of the polish composer shine through and disappear again, quotations from his Nocturnes stretched in slow motion, overlaid with foreign material and, so, transformed into a strangely distorted acoustic dream world. The sleep of reason creates monsters. Tonight they were rather beautiful."
(Stuttgarter Nachrichten, September 17th 2010)
"The outstanding musical accomplishment, the seriosity with which ascolta dedicated itself to the work in hand and the enthusiasm with which the musicians presented the pieces all demand the highest respect. Breathtaking drum soli (Lukas Schiske) and, it goes without saying, the highest concentration for over two hours demonstrate ascolta's credo: "can't do, doesn't do".
(Dresdner Neue Nachrichten, October 13th 2009 about ascolta plays Zappa)
"Zappa's late synclavier constructions were arranged masterfully by the ensemble ascolta and filled a whole evening's concert with unusual music."
(Positionen, Texte zur aktuellen Musik, November 2009)
"The individual dynamic of the number sequence and the linguistic richness of the poetry continue to grow in Riehm's composition, initially through the eloquent diversity of actions from the contrabass clarinet and later through the finely differentiated responses and continuations from the quartet comprised of violin, cello, trumpet and trombone. Theo Nabicht and the ensemble ascolta have created a brilliantly articulate interpretation."
(Paul Hübner, writing on June 17th 2009 on klassik.com about the recording of Rolf Riehm's "aprikosenbäume gibt es, aprikosenbäume gibt es" for contrabass clarinet and ensemble)
"The magnificent interpretation by the ensemble ascolta weaves a dense, virtuoso tapestry with an extremely plastic and precise aural picture opening a large associative space to the listener."
(Bayern 4 Klassik CD-Tip, November 26th 2008 about the same recording)
"Also premiered was Gerhard Stäbler's "Luftspiegelungen" (Reflections in Air), a expressive, differentiated music sounding out the acoustic qualities of its materials — from the shrill scream of breaking glass to tender paper sounds and the metallic. Excellent: the ensemble ascolta"
(Tiroler Tageszeitung, September 22nd 2008)
"ensemble ascolta — simply outstanding."
(Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, July 22nd 2008)
"The winner in this concert was Paul Hindemith with his first Chamber Music from 1922. Pointedly fresh, with an intensively cool melos and genially inspired musical craftsmanship this piece does not mourn the loss of any middle ground but, looking towards the future, celebrates it. Performed with much élan and precision by the ensemble ascolta under Alejo Perez."
(Stuttgarter Nachrichten about the concert of August 30th 2007 for the European Music Festival of the International Bach Academy)