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Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, January 2011

The parade of astonishing young talents in Naxos’s Laureate Series continues. Andras Csaki…acquits himself…by his musical choices—he always chooses expression over showing off.

In the Bach, his prelude demonstrates a completely secure technique… the gigue at a slower tempo has real elegance. It was unexpected and delicious. The Britten is also something of a revelation.It is refreshing and beautiful, with a particularly powerful conclusion…And the Castelnuovo-Tedesco sonata is delightful, with all the Mediterranean sunlight and emotional poignancy…

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My Classical Notes, September 2010

In this wide-ranging recital he interpret[s] Bach’s most technically challenging ‘lute suites’, Britten’s groundbreaking tribute to John Dowland, Duarte’s bravura Variations and one of Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s finest solo sonatas. These are the selections that are captured on this very interesting Naxos recording. I particularly enjoyed the John Duarte music, and also the Castelnuvo-Tedesco, which we don’t hear all that often. In addition, I found the sound engineering on this CD to be really excellent!

Kurt Loft
KSMU Radio, August 2010

If you enjoy solo guitar, check out Andras Csaki’s recital of Bach, Britten, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco. This guy can play, and his performance of Bach’s prelude from the Partita in E Major alone is worth the disc.

David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2010

By the time Andras Csaki won the 2009 Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition, he had already clocked-up eighteen prizes around the world. Now making his international disc debut, the twenty-nine-year-old Hungarian is a well-seasoned concert artist and assistant professor at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. His programme is typical of those he will have offered in competitions, and I admire the fact that he views this as a modern transcription of Bach’s well-known third Partita for solo violin. It would be phony to imply a notion of period correctness, Csaki offering a well-played, cleanly articulated and highly enjoyable performance. Britten likewise made no pretence that his Nocturnal after John Dowland was anything other than a set of variations on Dowland’s 17th century song Come, heavy sleep. They are couched in modern sounds, at times dissonance, but always melodic in ideas, the final Passacaglia, with its repeated descending six notes, being one of the great guitar pieces of the 20th century. John Duarte always illuminated the guitar world with the music he composed, the Six variations and finale make for a readily attractive piece that does not outstay its welcome. For many it will be Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Sonata, a substantial score with the graciousness of Boccherini. Composed in 1934 to a request from Segovia, the Italian composer was at the height of his career and prior to his enforced move to the United States. With musical world inundated with so many outstanding young guitarists it is difficult for newcomers, but on the evidence of this disc Csaki is among the best. His left-hand shifts are unobtrusive, and when required he can produce an abundance of technical brilliance. The Canadian recording team are on top form.

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