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Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, July 2014

Halász is an ideal interpreter. He has a fine technical command and quite a range of color and dynamics, which is just what this music needs. His performance is quite enjoyable. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Zane Turner
MusicWeb International, March 2014

The initial reaction on listening to this entire disc several times, was one of privilege in at last having heard all these treasures played so capably, both musically and technically. Nineteen pieces in total are presented, some of which have never before appeared on commercial recordings.

Franz Halász plays superbly; an absolute must for students of the guitar. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Lucy Jeffery
MusicWeb International, March 2014

Like a musical rendition of Lorca’s poem entitled The Song of the Barren Orange Tree, Meditación (track 2) is shatteringly beautiful and Halász imbues it with untrammelled, unrestrained sensitivity. Solea (track 9) from the Spanish word ‘soledad’ meaning ‘solitude’ unravels at the seams to expose a scarlet filigree. With expressive strumming and tender picking, Halász’s dramatic dynamic exchange from ferociously vigorous to quietly graceful is utterly captivating. Dancing rhythms devolve and dissolve into movements of colours as shadowy soledad is cloaked in longing. In Sacrificio (track 12) Halász uses tremolo to deliver an uninterrupted flow of melody.

With clarity and precision, the much acclaimed and award-winning—he won first prize in the Andrés Segovia Competition in Spain in 1993—Halász combines weightless grace with quicksilver alacrity. His full-bodied and age-oaked yet fresh sound emerges from a recording of optimum quality. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2014

In the cultural life of 20th century Spain, Regino Sainze de la Maza was an important figure both as a guitarist of international acclaim and a composer. As a composer all of his works were for the guitar and took their inspiration from the folk music and songs of his homeland. I have to confess that I am not overly familiar with his music, but most of the nineteen tracks do not reach two minutes and would be conveniently described as pleasing ‘encores’. Throughout we have to admire Franz Halasz, the absence of left-hand noise as it moves around giving me particular pleasure. Add to that the superb sound quality, and the disc is a real charmer. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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