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Brian Wigman
Classical Net, November 2016

…both players are totally committed to these works, and they make a nice contrast to the concertos. © 2016 Classical Net Read complete review



Phillip Scott
Fanfare, September 2015

Vicente Coves is forthright and colorful…as are the musicians of the Málaga Philharmonic under Vicente’s brother Manuel.

Torroba was a genial composer, with no major statements to make but vibrant traditions to draw upon. This release, along with those to come in the series, should make for an attractive set. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, August 2015

[Pepe Romero’s] formidable technique as well as his sense of rhythm and sensitive musicianship should win over even listeners with little or no knowledge of or interest in this kind of music.

The Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra…turned out to be a pleasant surprise. The recording is excellent…

Constantly inspired and inspirational music lovingly performed by devoted musician: this should be a source of delight for many listeners… © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Brian Wilson
MusicWeb International, August 2015

The performances are all that you would expect with Pepe Romero as soloist in two of the works with the Málaga Symphony Orchestra and Manuel Coves, better than expectations, with Vicente Coves in the other pieces. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Ralph Graves
WTJU, May 2015

…the two guitarists provide a fine balance and deliver a cohesive program. I’m really looking forward to the subsequent volumes of this series. © 2015 WTJU Read complete review



Steven Kruger
Fanfare, May 2015

Beautiful melody is to be found here, gentleness, and the softness of the Spanish night. Buy this! © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, May 2015

Vicente Coves…plays ably, with a lovely tone, fluent technical command, and the tasteful approach to music of which Pepe is master. His solo, Suite Castellana is nicely played… © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



William Yeoman
Gramophone, April 2015

…Pepe Romero again proves himself a master of both flamenco and classical… © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, February 2015

…in the world premiere recording of the Concierto en Flamenco…Romero’s technical and musical mastery of both the flamenco and classical guitar styles make him an ideal interpreter. © 2015 The WholeNote Read complete review




Gary Lemco
Audiophile Audition, February 2015

The so-called Concierto en Flamenco in four movements here receives its debut recording…Pepe Romero happily embraces both the classical and flamenco traditions, so his brilliant strums, glissandos, and knuckle-rapping-on-wood effects participate in a larger, architectural scheme in the opening Fandango. Most persuasive, the Algerias de Cadiz evokes a sultry, moody ambiance supported by a haunting cello line and castanet punctuations from the Malaga Philharmonic. © 2015 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



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

The “Concierto en Flamenco” is an auspicious beginning [of the disc]…Pepe Romero plays beautifully, the orchestra sounds enchanted, and the music is ravishing.

All these works give us the Spanish traditional sound, beautiful guitar work, and a sort of impressionist transparency in the orchestrations that weave a magical spell on the listener.

They are works of real stature, played in ways that entrance and delight…I commend the album to you in the strongest possible terms. © 2015 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Infodad.com, January 2015

Pepe Romero, world-renowned for his flamenco performances, brings forth all the color, virtuosity and drama of Torroba’s Concierto en Flamenco and is also heard in a suite of music focusing on the central Spanish region best known for the fictional Don Quixote, Aires de La Mancha. This set of five short movements mixes dances with musical visions of the area’s geography, and Romero plays it with assurance, warmth and a strong feeling for local color. The similarly evocative, much earlier three-movement solo-guitar Suite castellana, which includes the Danza that was Torroba’s first-ever guitar composition, also gets a sure-handed and understanding reading, in this case from Vicente Coves. And Coves shows himself a very fine classical soloist in the fascinating Diálogos entre guitarra y orquesta, which plays off the guitar against harp and celesta as well as the usual orchestral instruments, producing an extended concerto-like work that is playful, colorful, highly evocative of Spain and its folk music, and altogether winning. The Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra under Manuel Coves provides very fine support in the two concertos. Listeners unacquainted with Torroba’s music will find this disc a first-rate introduction to it. © 2015 Infodad.com Read complete review




David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, January 2015

You would expect Pepe Romero to excel at the Concierto en Flamenco—he knew the composer and he is fully at home in both classical and Flamenco guitar. The piece is gorgeous, the performance vibrant and passionate…

The soloist in Diálogos is Romero’s gifted pupil, Vicente Coves, who plays as well as his mentor, and whose brother leads the orchestra vividly and sympathetically. Even if you think you’ve heard it all when it comes to guitar music, you will want this disc and, I suspect, the whole series. © 2015 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review




Mary Kunz Goldman
The Buffalo News, January 2015

[Torroba’s 1977 “Dialogus entre guitarra y orquestra”]…actually does sound like a conversation between the guitar and the orchestra, both with separate personalities. The Andante, which has the guitar conversing with high, whistling strings, is very lovely. And the concluding Allegro has sizzle. Vicente Coves…has an unhurried and graceful style. He teams with the great Pepe Romero for the world premiere recording of Torroba’s 1962 Concierto en Flamenco. The music has moments of glory—colorful orchestral surges, sweet wistful themes here and there. © 2015 The Buffalo News Read complete review



Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, January 2015

The rarely heard ‘Concierto en Flamenco’ is the major composition of this fine new release of concertos and shorter solos for guitar by the ever-popular Federico Moreno Torroba. And soloist Pepe Romero combines his flamenco techniques with a classical concerto form in his performances. © 2015 My Classical Notes Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2015

The first of three discs that will include the complete guitar and orchestra works of one of the most outstanding figures in modern Spanish music, Federico Torroba. Much of his initial popularity in his homeland came from a series of zarzuelas—a form of Spanish operetta—though his international standing is largely based on almost a hundred works for guitar, including ten concertos. Most were written at the behest of the famous guitarist, Andreas Segovia, but later they were for the Romero family, this new release featuring one of the second generation of that dynasty, the celebrated Pepe Romero. He shares the disc with his outstanding pupil, Vicente Coves, and it is Vicente’s brother, Manuel Coves, who conducts. As with most guitar composers in the 20th century, Torroba was locked into a musical style of a previous generation, his resolute affection for tonality and regular metric rhythms characterising everything he wrote. The present disc is divided between accompanied works and those for solo guitar, and from a personal point of view I prefer Torroba in his solo format. His first ever guitar work, the Suite castellana is ten minutes of delight, though, so far as the disc catalogue is concerned, the world premiere of the Concierto en Flamenco is important, particularly as Romero is equally at home in the Spanish flamenco idiom. But for me it is the sensitive handling of the Suite by young Coves that is the disc’s most radiant performance. Maybe the Malaga orchestra should have been given a more generous recorded balance, but they offer colourful support. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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