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Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, January 2018

These unforgettable pieces are brought to life on stage by the dance troupe Tango Buenos Aires, whose vibrant kinetic energy and physicality can’t be matched. Later, master guitarist Angel Romero turns in a sublime performance of Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra, which was written by Lalo Schifrin, best known for composing scores for films like Dirty Harry and Mission: Impossible. A heartwarming effort that will have more than a few toes tapping. © 2018 Scene Magazine Read complete review




Infodad.com, May 2017

…those who like visuals with some lighter classical music will enjoy this offering. The Piazzolla material is fairly substantial in its way, but the major work here is the world première of Schifrin’s second guitar concerto, which he calls Concierto de la Amistad. The piece was written for Romero, who performs it with gusto, and it is a nicely made work that gives Romero plenty of opportunities to show off his virtuosity and does not require much depth of perception or involvement on the part of the audience. …this DVD mixes appealing if not terribly significant music with some pleasant visuals (especially in the tangos, in which Tango Buenos Aires does a fine job) and an overall feeling of relaxation and enjoyment. © 2017 Infodad.com Read complete review



Tiina Kiik
The WholeNote, April 2017

There is so much toe-tapping enthusiastically performed music in this DVD of Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic live at the Hollywood Bowl on August 2, 2016. From the opening dramatic distance shot of the stage, orchestra and audience, to the final closing stage close-ups of rhythmic boisterous playing and swirling tango dancing, every visual complements the composers, conductor, musicians, soloists and dancers.

Dudamel conducts with passion and precision. Sound quality is superb. Three bonus interviews are included. Listen, watch, dance and enjoy! © 2017 The WholeNote Read complete review



Lark Reviews, March 2017

The combination of the expertise of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Latin enthusiasm of Gustavo Dudamel make for a glorious evening. If the audience are not quite what one might wish for in a concert hall, the outdoor Hollywood Bowl is able to absorb the extraneous noise and the applause between movements. The central work is the 2nd Guitar Concerto by Lalo Schifrin, with Angel Romero as soloist followed by four dances from Estancia by Ginastera.

For the final four pieces by Astor Piazzolla they are joined by Tango Buenos Aires who dance with a heighted intensity and highly sensuous movements which is totally captivating. © 2017 Lark Reviews





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