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Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, March 2017

These performances are relaxing and ingratiating, and while these arrangements might not be quite what Ravel and Debussy had in mind, it’s good to put one’s prejudices aside for music-making as enjoyable as this. Recommended, and not just to guitarists! © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Des Hutchinson
MusicWeb International, February 2017

This programme is in the hands of Canadian guitarists Tracy Anne Smith and Rob MacDonald, performing as ChromaDuo…

I have no doubt many will find ChromaDuo’s traversal of these Ravel and Debussy works more than acceptable, delightful even, but more for relaxation than concentrated listening—yes, that’s right, dinner-party music. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review



James Filkins
Minor 7th, January 2017

It is difficult to say where their greater skill lies, in the performance or the arranging; each aspect shines on this sophomore recording. From a guitarist perspective, Smith and MacDonald deliver these compositions with such resonance, sustain, and delicacy that their exchanges seem almost symbiotic, and profoundly moving as if the instruments were corporal rather than of wood, nylon and brass. © 2017 Minor 7th Read complete review



Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, January 2017

The music, of course, is uniformly beautiful, and the performances are quite fine—Smith and MacDonald are perfectly paired, and they have not just beautiful tone, but a wide range, and they play with suitable Gallic restraint. …if you don’t have a strong attachment to the piano sound, you will find this quite enjoyable. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Bradford Werner
This is Classical Guitar, November 2016

Ravel & Debussy: Music for Two Guitars by ChromaDuo combines brilliant musical performances, excellent arranging, and the magical recording sound we’ve come to expect from Naxos. Rob MacDonald and Tracy Anne Smith’s musical phrasing and shaping are incredibly intertwined. Their sound is so perfectly blended that I can’t imagine hearing a better ensemble. Guitar arrangements are easy to criticize but listen to this album to be convinced of the wonderful possibilities that exist from two guitars. Highly recommend. © 2016 This is Classical Guitar Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2016

The problem with transcriptions made after the death of the music’s creator, and without their blessing, is always highly questionable both musically and ethically. It is not my place to stand in judgement on the present arrangements, but would simply comment that the guitar has no sustaining pedal, which is a key ingredient to these original piano works, and they do not have the lower octaves of the keyboard, which is essential to most of the original scores, nor do they have the dynamic range required. From there I leave it to the individual listener, though I guess it will appeal more to the world’s many guitarists than to the lovers of the two great French composers. Certainly within the realms and limitations of plucked strings, these are imaginative—Golliwog’s Cakewalk from Debussy’s Children’s Corner ideally suited to the guitar. They are immaculately presented by their creators, Tracy Anne Smith and Rob MacDonald, who combine to form the ChromaDuo. The sound quality from Naxos’s Canadian recording team is, as usual, outstanding. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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