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Michael Vrzal
Fidelity (Germany), March 2013

The playing of ChromaDuo is extremely subtle and sophisticated, the communication nothing less than perfect. Sound lovers will also appreciate the well-balanced reverberation of the recording location, a church in Ontario, and the sound of the duo’s guitars, which come from the workshops of two of the currently most renowned luthiers—Matthias Dammann and Boguslaw Teryks. © Fidelity (Germany)

Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, November 2012

The Chroma Duo…is simply exquisite. Their sounds are perfectly balanced, yet individual, and each has a ravishing tone with lots of range. Ensemble is perfection, even in the freest passages; and their interpretations of these pieces are convincing, even compelling. This is some of the most purely beautiful playing I’ve heard in a while.

…uncommonly beautiful works, highly inventive and personal. And they are given a lovely, artistic performance—any sense that this is music for the less experienced is completely missing. I must get this score!

Delightful new music to discover in outstanding performances. This recording is a treasure. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review

MusicWeb International, August 2012

The recital consists of two works each by three composers from different traditions, including five premiere recordings, four of which were commendably commissioned by ChromaDuo. Each composer supplies his own useful notes for the booklet.

Overall, the music on this disc is outstanding. Considerable credit is due to ChromaDuo for having the courage and conviction to record these new works and playing their part in expanding the guitar repertoire beyond the stalwart standards. So much excellent and very accessible solo and duo guitar music is still being written, not least by Goss and Dyens. And who better to have perform it than Smith and MacDonald? …their intonation, expressiveness and musical intelligence are unfailing.

Norbert Kraft should be commended for this recording, which is fine indeed. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2012

I guess few readers will have explored the original music for guitar duo, the present disc offering five world premiere recordings from three 20th century composers. The first nine tracks make for easy listening and come from a collection of pieces by Stephen Goss completed in 2004, The Raw and the Cooked referring to the influences of each short piece—seldom longer than two minutes—easily understood when in their ‘raw’ state, but a little more devious when ‘cooked’. Sometimes introspective, and seldom showy, the final excerpt, The Ajman—based on Arabic sounds—is the one track that is technically formidable. Still the Sea is in homage to the Japanese composer, Toru Takemitsu, and is much in his style of somewhat disjointed but attractive sounds, the pulse at times almost static. I am going to take time to like Christopher Pierce’s Adagio and Fugue, the fugue, so he tells us, being inspired by Bach. We also, apparently, return to Bach for the finale movement to his Three Pieces for Two Guitars. And so to a favourite composer of mine, Roland Dyens. His Niteroi—written for ChromaDuo—is a complicated score taking its background from the unmistakable rhythms of Brazil, the country where the city is located. Its continual change of pulse both invigorating and attractive. Commes des Grandes is, by contrast, lyric, the last of the three movements quite lightweight and funny. These two works alone make the disc highly desirable. The partnership of Tracy Anne Smith and Rob MacDonald is superb, the clarity of their playing and their technical ability is to be much admired. © 2012 David’s Review Corner

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