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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Norbert Kraft show his absolute mastery of his instrument in his dazzling account of the Twelve Etudes, which have contrasting moments of reflection. He plays the Five Préludes beautifully, too, with a fine control of atmosphere and rubato. Thee Choros and Suite populaire brésilienne are marginally less spontaneous-sounding, and the latter is nor as colourfully idiomatic as in the hands of Julian Bream. But this inexpensive disc gathers together all the composer’s important music for solo guitar, and by any standards this is fine playing. The recording is naturally balanced and has a vivid but not exaggerated presence.



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American Record Guide, June 2001

"Norbert Kraft's excellent Naxos recording employs the familiar Eschig edition of the 12 Etudes and is generally more traditional in interpretation. His playing is more fleet and virtuosic than Leisner's, especially in the Etudes, which are dazzling... He also brings a great sense of popular style to Choros 1 and the Suite Populaire, pieces that become almost unbearably boring if too serious and literal."



Rad Bennett
Schwann Inside, May 2001

"A Listener would be hard pressed to find a more immediately likable 71 minutes of music on CD. It is made even more appealing by Norbert Kraft, who seems to cast a perfect light on every small gem. He dazzles not only with his sure and steady technique, but also with the uncanny perception he shows in capturing the essence of each of the pieces on this highly desirable CD. The recorded sound is close and intimate, with just the right amount of warmth, and the low asking price makes this release a true bargain."



Christopher Wood
BBC Music Magazine, April 2001
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"Norbert Kraft is a magnificent musician. He is as comfortable with the delicacies of Villa-Lobos's Choros as when negotiating his way with skill and grace through the technical minefield of the Preludes and Etudes. Even guitar haters should hear this."






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