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William Yeoman
Gramophone, September 2013

Mamedkuliev’s playing is confident and pleasingly colouristic throughout. A talent to watch. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, September 2013

Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Capriccio Diabolico is given what is simply the most beautiful performance of this monumental work I’ve ever heard. Tone is exquisite, phrasing memorable, pacing inexorable, carrying the listener to its massive climax…Of several readings…this is my favorite. I look forward to more from this talented player. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Paul Fowles
Classical Guitar, July 2013

…Mamedkuliev serves an engaging mix of the known and the less known, in which the sumptuous Russian rusticism of Sergey Rudnev…has the most impact.

The Hispanic items are presented with conviction, as is Capriccio Diabolico. Quality merchandise indeed…

An impressive debut from an accomplished all-rounder. © 2013 Classical Guitar Magazine

Alan Fark
Minor 7th, July 2013

The program flaunts a lyrical itinerary from around the globe, featuring composers not only from [Mamedkuliev’s] native Russia, but also Azerbaijan, Spain, Italy, Cuba and the U.S. With a generous playing time of 68:02 and a nod to such other guitar composers as Brouwer, Albéniz, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Tárrega, Mamedkuliev performs with a mastery befitting one steeled by international competition, and has poised “Guitar Recital” to remain as a landmark recording for the classical guitar. © 2013 Minor 7th Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2013

From Naxos’s ‘Laureate Series’ comes Rovshan Mamedkuliev, the Azerbaijan-born winner of the 2012 Guitar Foundation of America Competition.  From reading his biography it appears his career over the past fourteen years has been largely in the field of competitions, having in that time won more than twenty awards in countries as diverse as Russia, France, Spain  and the USA. His programme for the disc contains a few of the best known ‘lollypops’, opening with music from Manuel de Falla’s La vida breve and ends with Tarrega’s ever popular, Jota. We enter unfamiliar territory with six of Fikret Amirov’s Twelve Miniatures coloured with oriental sounds, while guitarists are not exactly queuing up to play Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Capriccio diabolico in Homage to Paganini. I was particularly impressed by his performance of Llobet’s Variations on a Theme of Sor where he brings his guitar very close to the sound of a harpsichord, while his brilliant technique has produced a stunning account of Turina’s Sevillana. It is difficult to say more than that, for Naxos’s admirable Guitar Laureate series shows just how many remarkable guitarists are chasing all too few concert opportunities. As we have come to expect, the Canadian recording…is outstanding. © David’s Review Corner

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