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David Vernier
ClassicsToday.com, June 2013

The transcriptions, which are the guitarist’s own, show exactly the kind of sensitivity to the original works as well as a guitar master’s understanding of the instrument’s capabilities and unique voicing opportunities that gives freshness and vibrancy to works we’ve heard before but haven’t given thought to beyond their organ, cello, violin, or keyboard incarnations.

There’s no question as to Devine’s command of technique and material; the fluidity of his fingering, all the while maintaining clarity of contrapuntal lines and passagework, free of the squeaks and scrapes we often hear on guitar recordings, is a joy to hear, as is the full-bodied tone of his instrument, very well captured in the acoustics of a West Sussex church…soothing, warm-blooded intimacy of a well-played guitar in consistently refined, relaxing performances.

…this is the sort of recording that both guitar aficionados and those who rarely consider such things will thoroughly enjoy, a disc that offers…pure beauty of sound and melody, expertly articulated and vividly, caringly interpreted, joining some of Bach’s most compelling music with an instrument ideally suited for its expression. © ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, May 2012

BACH, J.S.: Guitar Transcriptions - Partita No. 2, BWV 826 / Lute Partita, BWV 997 / Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, BWV 998 (Perroy) 8.572427
BACH, J.S.: Guitar Transcriptions - Cello Suite No. 4 / Violin Partita No. 2 / Chorale Preludes (Devine) 8.572740

Two releases from Naxos with the same title, both magnificent. Life is good.

Judicael Perroy…presents four major work…Each is given a masterly performance, perfectly idiomatic, deeply and profoundly expressive, technically impeccable even in the most challenging spots.

The partita is an amazing tour de force, one of Bach’s most complex keyboard works, yet sounding perfectly natural on the guitar. The suite and the Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro are as fine as Jason Vieaux’s excellent recording…And his Bach-Vivaldi transcription is overflowing with joy.

Graham Anthony Devine’s release is, if possible, even more delightful—in part because of his choice of works. His playing is technically and expressively as fine as Perroy’s, but with a different personality—warmer, friendlier, maybe even a touch more inventive. Perroy evoked awe, Devine smiles.

Both of these recordings are essential for anyone who loves Bach on the guitar. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online






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