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Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, March 2016

Another delightful recital by the Amadeus Duo, Dale Kavanagh and Thomas Kirchhoff.

The most purely beautiful work here is their transcription of the organ version of Franck’s Prelude, Fugue, & Variation. …it is simply gorgeous in the two-guitar arrangement. The subtle colors that are impossible on the piano, or even the organ, make this a memorable performance. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, January 2016

These are cleanly played and sensitive readings, suffused with warmth and illuminated with a light of many colors. In a display of apparent artistic telepathy, the two guitarists play as one. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, August 2015

“Baroque Moments” is [an] easy album to fall in love with. That’s because Canadian guitarist Dale Kavanagh and her German partner Thomas Kirchhoff…have chosen a delicious menu of choice works… And they’ve backed it with superb musicianship, cleanly defined to display the contrapuntal mastery of these Baroque masters without seeming in the least pedantic, and with a willigness to accept challenges. Sounds great? You bet! © 2015 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review




WGBH, July 2015

In six pieces ranging from Renaissance to Romantic music, the Amadeus Guitar Duo demonstrates the extensive capabilities of the guitar. Including arrangements of violin and keyboard works by Bach, Vivaldi, and Franck, the duo substantiates that the guitar is adept at emulating a number of sonic textures. © 2015 WGBH



Classic FM, July 2015

An album of exuberant, virtuoso playing with a warm, approachable sound, and all at an excellent budget price. © 2015 Classics FM Read complete review



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), July 2015

Bach’s Italian Concerto and monumental Chaconne (heard here in the famous Busoni transcription) form the cornerstones of this disc of Baroque favorites performed on two guitars by the Amadeus Guitar Duo. One of Vivaldi’s most famous concertos, the D major, R 93, originally written for lute, is transcribed to excellent effect. Franck’s Prélude, Fugue et Variation, a work inspired by the organ transcriptions of Bach, illustrates further how adept the Amadeus Guitar Duo is at reinventing these popular pieces for its own medium. © 2015 WFMT (Chicago)



David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2015

A series of works played in transcriptions by various hands, only the Vivaldi Concerto having any original connection with plucked string instruments. The remaining items come from the keyboard repertoire, the German-based duo making a plausible imitation of the sound of the harpsichord in the works by Bach, the popular Italian Concerto possessing an attractive vivacity in the outer movements, while the Chaccone comes via the arrangement for piano made by Busoni. There is, of course, less likelihood of anything approaching the textures of Franck’s organ work, Prelude, Fugue and Variations, and they rather hurtle into the opening movement of Vivaldi’s Concerto, a score that was originally taken from his Trio Sonata for lute and bass continuo, and was later to become the frequently performed Concerto for guitar and string orchestra. Finally, returning to their imitation of a harpsichord, we have Hassler’s Mein Geist ist mir verwirret, a melody that was ‘borrowed’ and made famous by Bach. The disc dates back to 2004 and was first issued, without the Bach Chaconne, on the Hänssler label, this reissue arriving as part of the Amadeus’s 25th anniversary celebrations, during which time they have given over thirteen hundred concerts worldwide as one of today’s most celebrated guitar duos. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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