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Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, January 2014

This is a wide-ranging recital, and Cherouana performs each piece with a superb technique, inventive expression, and a wide range of color and dynamics. His Rameau is electrifying, and the two 19th Century works by Regondi and Legnani are just as beautifully played.

He handles [Dusan Bogdanovic’s Sonata 2] with aplomb, with plenty of energy and mystery as needed. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2013

It’s another week and another new guitar competition winner will be emerging, Lazhar Cherouana taking the first prize in the 2012 Michele Pittaluga Competition. Will this one have a big career? Well he certainly starts out looking the part, and I am sure he is delighted to record his own arrangements of two pieces by Rameau. He then goes on to offer his credentials as a performer in every style of composition over the past two hundred and fifty years in a programme that is far from hackneyed. I was particularly delighted that he has included the Second Sonata by Dusan Bogdanovic…In four movements full of crunchy modern harmonies…the finale is full of vivacity and virtuosity. To those outside of the guitar fraternity the name of the 20th century Spanish composer, Vincent Asencio, will be little known. His pleasing Collectici intim, which details five moods or emotions from Serenity to Haste, is stylistically in a previous era, its pleasing tonality having its roots in popular Spanish music with plenty of exciting strumming in the finale. Throughout the young Viennese guitarist proves his left hand dexterity…as one would expect, he receives the perfect recorded sound from Naxos’s Canadian venue. © David’s Review Corner





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