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Greg Cahill
Strings Magazine, October 2014

…Monteiro imbues these evocative works with unbridled intensity, and his rich, dark tone envelops the sonatinas.

It is a bravura performance from an up-and-coming young artist steeped in the 20th-century music of his native country and extends a powerful invitation to the music world to appreciate a woefully overlooked composer who should stand with the other greats of his time. © 2014 Strings Magazine



Jean-Yves Duperron
Classical Music Sentinel, October 2014

What immediately captured my attention when I started listening to this new Naxos recording of chamber works by Portuguese composer Fernando Lopes-Graça, is the highly expressive playing by violinist Bruno Monteiro. The fact that most of the pieces on this CD are miniatures in scope, does not prevent Bruno Monteiro from applying some dramatic weight to each and everyone of them.

Music well worth investigating! © 2014 Classical Music Sentinel Read complete review



Bryce Morrison
Gramophone, August 2014

The Prelúdio e fuga and Esponsais for solo violin are cruelly exposed and demanding, their difficulties dispatched with unfailing assurance and eloquence by Bruno Monteiro. He is joined by João Paulo Santos elsewhere, a virtuoso partnership in the phantom chase of the Presto from the Second Sonata and in the Galop (Preludio, capricho e galope), where the composer comes close to relaxing into a jeu d’esprit, though not without a sardonic undertow. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Julian Haylock
BBC Music Magazine, July 2014

Performance:
Recording:

…[Bruno Monteiro and João Paulo Santos] play this exuberantly inventive music with an intuitive feel for its playful unpredictability. © 2014 BBC Music Magazine



Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, July 2014

Monteiro…sounds splendid here, his use of subtle nuance adding to the quality of the scores, and pianist Santos does a fine job supporting him…An interesting disc. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



John J. Puccio
Classical Candor, July 2014

Music entirely new to me doesn’t always hold great appeal for me, and I often understand after hearing it just why I had never heard it or wanted to hear it before. Yet with Lopes-Graça in the capable hands of Monteiro and Santos, I found myself captivated throughout most of the album. Even if I thought some of the music a bit too repetitive or static for my taste, the exploration was well worth the trip. © 2014 Classical Candor Read complete review



João Santos
Expresso, April 2014

Monteiro and João Paulo are aware that democracy may follow dictatorship, freedom repression and there will always be someone who will believe that one hell was traded by another. A recording such as this deviates the thought from such a dark idea. © 2014 Expresso




Byzantion
artmusicreviews.co.uk, April 2014

Each work…makes almost relentless virtuosic demands of both pianist and especially violinist. These roles are excellently filled by Bruno Monteiro and João Paulo Santos, two of Portugal’s leading chamber musicians, presenting the first item from a three-disc Naxos deal. Their teamwork is virtually telepathic, but individually too they bring maximal intelligence to these works, blending gravitas and lightness, passion and discipline, the Lusitanian and the cosmopolitan.

Sound quality is first-rate—one of the better recordings to have come out of Portugal. © 2014 artmusicreviews.co.uk Read complete review



Brian Wigman
Classical Net, April 2014

Monteiro has a unique sound…Naxos gives him the warmest and fullest sound he’s ever had. As for Santos, he’s as steady and intelligent a partner one could ask for. The solo selections are equally distinguished. With three world premières and two excellent artists on board, this is essential listening for anyone willing to try something different. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review



Phillip Scott
Fanfare, April 2014

…this is definitely a disc for dipping into. Fortunately, the performers could not be more fully committed. Monteiro maintains an attractive tone through all the double-stopping—never for a moment does it get scratchy—and his playing of harmonics is purity itself. He delineates the counterpoint in the solo fugue with considerable skill. Santos’ contribution is excellent also, and the two clearly have a close rapport.

I recommend this disc for the performances and the undoubted integrity of the composer’s work… © 2014 Fanfare



Maria Nockin
Fanfare, April 2014

This recording has some new and interesting compositions that have needed a wider hearing for some time. Thanks to Monteiro and Santos we now know more of Portugal’s twentieth century musical history and can enjoy their exquisite renditions of the new music on a very well made recording with clear sound. © 2014 Fanfare



Maria Augusta Gonçalves
Jornal de Letras, April 2014

The extraordinary

…Bruno Monteiro does not disappoint. The expressiveness so characteristic of the interpreter matches the virtuosity demanded. © 2014 Jornal de Letras



Rui Branco
Jornal de Notícias, March 2014

The violin and piano duo by Bruno Monteiro and João Paulo Santos is one of the most productive ensembles in the classical music recording industry in Portugal. This time, they approch exclusively music by one of the most important Portuguese composers of the 20th Century, Fernando Lopes-Graça. The virtuoso playing of these two artists helps us to understand the greatness of the creator. © 2014 Jornal de Notícias






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