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Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, May 2015

José Antonio Escobar…is a guitarist worth listening to, or, if you’re a composer, worth writing for.

…the team of geniuses who have been producing Naxos guitar albums for years…have recorded this recital as expertly as all their previous efforts. Long may José Antonio Escobar’s delightful tour of regional guitar music continue. He’s scored another big hit here. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, May 2015

Escobar’s performance can’t be faulted—lovely tone, impeccable technique, and rock solid rhythm.

…you’ll find many delights here. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, February 2015

Traditional dance forms and the influences of Spanish colonial, African and Amerindian music combine to make these Colombian works sparkle and stand out as central to the guitar repertoire of our times. Jose Antonio Escobar performs them with poetic grace and a fine touch.

These are some of the loveliest guitar pieces you’ve never heard…Maestro Escobar gives them definitive treatment. Guitar Music of Colombia is a winner, hands down. Highly recommended. © 2015 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review




WGBH, January 2015

Guitarist José Antonio Escobar continues the traditions of Colombian dance and folk music, both old and new. A coalescence of Hispanic and African cultures, Colombian music tradition is rich in story and vivacity. © 2015 WGBH



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), January 2015

Colombia’s thriving cultural heritage derives from Spanish, African and Amerindian elements. The rich blend of color and rhythmic vitality found in the synthesis of dance forms and styles recurs throughout this program. Poignant expressiveness and intricate virtuosity are features of Montaña’s two Suites. Saboya’s Suite Ernestina includes characteristically South American melodies and rhythms, while Caribbean rhythmic patterns are recreated in González’s Preludio.  © 2015 WFMT (Chicago)



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2015

‘Guitar Music from Columbia’ is little known outside the inner circle of guitar enthusiasts, this highly desirable disc showcasing four 20th century composers. It has been the influence of Spanish music and local dance rhythms that has coloured their works, the avant garde modernism that has swept across Europe over the past hundred years hardly having stopped off in this part of central America. The superb soloist, Jose Antonio Escobar, has chosen for his programme works from classically trained musicians who have composed in a pleasing lightweight quality, the major part given to two sets of dance suites by Gentil Montana, a much travelled musician who did much to create the environment in Columbia for advanced musical training. Essentially emotionally uncomplicated scores that we in Europe would think of as background music while we enjoy a meal, but here would greatly undervalue his expertise. That he moved Colombian music forward during his life—he died in 2011 at the age of sixty-nine—is evidenced in Hector Gonzalez’s Preludio, a spiky modern score completed in 1999 with atonal tendencies in its fascinating sound patterns. Coming somewhere between the two is a typically Spanish work from Lucas Saboya, that would please ‘middle-of-the-road’ listeners. Escobar is an ideal advocate, his playing technically immaculate, and he enjoys a fine recording from Naxos’ Canadian studio. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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