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Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, November 2015

This is a very fine release, and I have no reason whatsoever to complain about it. Gubaidulina’s creativity is matched by her integrity, and while these works don’t leap into the listener’s ear all by themselves, they repay the effort made on their behalf. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review




David W Moore
American Record Guide, November 2015

This is a rather special program that I recommend to your attention. It is full of imaginative use of the instruments and produces many beautiful sounds of scoring and unusual techniques such as using a drinking glass to produce a glissando on the guitar strings. Fill ‘er up! The recording is excellent. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Ralph Graves
WTJU, October 2015

David Tanenbaum and his colleagues perform with delicacy and precision throughout, bringing sympathetic readings to these works. All in all, an important addition to Gubaidulina’s recorded catalog. © 2015 WTJU Read complete review



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

These are not your typical works for guitar, but they are first-rate Gubaidulina. The performances are very good. After you’ve listened enough times, the logical but highly original musical mind of Gubaidulina comes through.

All in all it is…remarkable music. Recommended for the modernist as well as the classical guitar afficionado who seeks something very unusual and stirring. © 2015 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Ettore Garzia
Percorsi Musicali, June 2015

The first collection in CD of compositions by Sofia Gubaidulina devoted entirely to works for guitar contains older and solo compositions for the acoustic guitar plus new compositions that unfold in combination with other string instruments. The new musical materials have a great creative thickness and reproduce clear and expressive themes that are found in modern music through improvisation and the exploration of natural harmonics. And they propose a clear break from the usual Russian composition for the guitar. © 2015 Percorsi Musicali



Stephen Smoliar
Examiner.com, June 2015

…a stimulating listening experience. © 2015 Examiner.com Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2015

Russian-born, Sofia Gubaidulina, has spent her long and productive life as a composer seeking out new and unusual sounds to further music as we know it. Here we have her experimenting in the use of multiple guitars in conjunction with other instruments […] the juxtaposition of plucked and bowed string instruments are used to produce a score based on the concept of tonality, the guitars used in a way reminiscent of Rodrigo’s later works, while the cello initiates all of the interesting melodic invention and concludes the work with an extended solo. That Sotto Voce is more akin to the guitar is clear, though even here the two guitarists share the substance of the score with a viola and bass. It was completed, after a revision, in 2013, and oscillates between introverted seriousness and outgoing virtuosity. Between these two extended works are short ‘encore’ pieces for solo guitar, Serenade and Toccata, both dating from the 1960’s. The first is simple and pure charm; the second a piece of finger-knotting brilliance. David Tanenbaum is one of the great guitarists of our time, and Peter Wyrick a solo cellist in demand throughout the States between his role as co-principal cellist of the San Francisco Symphony. The recordings appear to be taken from concerts, and are expertly balanced between the various instruments. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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