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Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, January 2012

This is some of the most romantic playing I’ve ever heard—in the finest, richest sense…playing that is fresh, expressive, personal; playing that makes each piece, no matter how familiar, seem like it’s being heard for the first time. Montesinos’s phrasing is deeply felt, and for all its improvisational character is always convincing. In particular, I was struck by her wide range of color and articulation effects—endlessly inventive, yet always appropriate.

Anabel Montesinos is a remarkable talent, and I look forward to hearing more from her. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online

David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2011

The first Guitar Laureate to appear twice on Naxos, the young Austrian guitarist collecting a sizeable catalogue of first prizes in major competitions. First appearing on Naxos back in 2003, having won the Francisco Tarrega award the previous year, Montesinos now returns to the recording studio as the winner of the 2010 Michele Pittaluga Competition in Alessandria. Between the two she has appeared with many famous orchestras including the Moscow Symphony and St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Technically she was a brilliant performer on the earlier disc, but has now added a more extensive range of tonal colours. All we wanted was a programme of works that would have set her apart from the annual flock of competition prizewinners. But instead she has opted for a familiar group of works—some already in the Naxos catalogue—that would attract the casual buyer. It makes that type of pleasing listening you have as a backdrop to a restaurant meal, the one lesser known score, the Three Coplas by Mauel Lopez-Quiroga are guitar transcriptions of songs from one of Spain’s most successful composers of 20th century Zarzuelas. There are the usual showpieces—including the Corregidor’s Dance from Manuel de Falla’s The Three Cornered Hat—Montesinos’ left hand agility and clarity of exemplary quality. There are left hand shift noises, but the sound quality from the Canadian studio is excellent.

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