Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review
, August 2014
…with the very well-suited Juan José Mudarra Gámiz at the piano, this is some pretty excellent coverage.
There is rhythmic vitality, a kind of punchiness that comes out of the way he channeled his Spanish heritage. And there are glimpses of the colorful French influence, his take on impressionism, not fully realized but still latent.
Juan José Mudarra Gámiz goes quite a ways with these deceptively straightforward pieces. He gives them a sharply rhythmic snap when it is called for, shaping the musical momentum and definition with appropriate, directly charged forward motion.
…[the works] give insights into [Albeniz’s] beginnings and have a good deal of charm and fresh air, a lyricism and tunefulness that was to come out ever more originally in subsequent works. Volume 5 gives us a lesser-known but vivid set of works most of us have not heard before in sparkling renditions. And that is worthy and valuable in itself. © 2014 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review