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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Lorenzo Micheli refrains from duplicating the familiar Villa-Lobos or Sor repertoire and concentrates on rarities by his countryman, Castelnuovo-Tedesco. The music is slender in substance but appealing. Artistically this is first rate, as Micheli plays with assurance and elegance, but he is balanced very closely.



Steven Rings
American Record Guide, April 2001

"This is a spectacular recital of Castelnuovo-Tedesco guitar works, played expertly by Lorenzo Micheli, who has a wonderful feel for his countryman's music. I have never been a big fan of Castelnuovo-Tedesco, but this playing is so convincing that I might have to rethink my position.

"Castelnuovo-Tedesco had an uncanny ability to write awkwardly for the guitar, even in the most innocently tonal language. This certainly cannot be blamed on lack of practice-he wrote many, many works for the instrument. And this awkwardness must account for some of my previous distaste-I've just heard too many guitarists struggling through works of his that should sound naive and effortless and end up sounding labored. Micheli has no such problems: he plays the music with a depth of feeling that I did not realize it had, and where ease and simplicity are called for, he delivers. His virtuosity is formidable, but it never oversteps its role in the sophisticated interpretations.

"The program opens with one of the composer's last familiar works, the suite of dances Escarraman. Though it might not be the neglected masterpiece that the liner notes claim, it is certainly one of his finer works. The exotic Spanish melodies are free of the triteness that often creeps into his Iberian-inspired music. Here as elsewhere, Micheli plays with a lush tone and a perfectly balanced rubato.

"Among other high points on the record is an engaging performance of the lengthy Variation a Travers les Siecles and a spirited dash through the Tarantella, the composer's best known solo guitar work. It is played here with its rarely-performed partner, the darkly singing Aranci in Fiore.

"Owing in no small part to Micheli's impeccable musicianship, I hear more in this music that I have before, and I better understand how it attracted some of the interpretive giants of the 20th Century-Heifetz and Gieseking among them."






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