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Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, November 2014

Mr. Baranov plays with the stylistic identity of a native of Latin America. No Russian accent here. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2014

A most adventurous programme of late 20th century Latin American Guitar Sonatas from the Russian winner of the 2013 Guitar Foundation of America Competition. Maximo Pujol is the only name that quite frequently crops up on disc, the Argentinean composer and virtuoso guitarist creating a charming Sonatine…It is in construction a traditional work, two fast outer movements framing a rather soulful central Andante, rather catchy harmonic twists and turns in the finale giving an indication of its period of composition. Also from Buenos Aires, the opening movement of Javier Bravo’s Sonata is a more progressive piece…Guitarists will revel in the quirky finale that requires considerable virtuosity. The Mexican, Eduardo Angulo, was by trade a violinist, his career in Europe mostly in the field of chamber music. The most challenging and ‘modern’ score comes from Guido Santorsola, an Italian musician who became Brazilian by adoption. The most beautiful is the central Reverie, the finale set as a fast tarantella. Anton Baranov…is a wonderfully clear-cut performer, so clear even in the most demanding and fast moments. You seldom hear his fingers move on strings, and his right hand must be a joy to watch. The recording from Naxos’s Canadian recording team is as immaculate as ever. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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