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Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, September 2015

[Dale Kavanagh’s] Aranjuez is the best thing here: technically tight, exciting in the outer movements, with a touching Adagio. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, May 2015

…enthusiastically supported by the Internationale-Philharmonie under Horst-Hans Backer, [the Amadeus Guitar Duo] give a generous program of music for guitar and orchestra by a composer who celebrated in his music the good and beautiful things of life—specifically, Spanish life.

The performances have a vivacity that makes even as oft-performed a favorite as the Aranjuez an easy choice to recommend. © 2015 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2015

Don’t let the ‘pop’ style cover describing the disc as ‘Spanish Night’ dissuade you from buying this conventional disc collecting together Rodrigo’s guitar concertos. Blind from the age of three, Joaquin Rodrigo never studied the guitar, nor indeed had any inclinations towards the instrument until he met the legendary guitarist, Andrés Segovia. That meeting resulted in the composition of the Concierto de Aranjuez, a score that was to bring him his first international recognition at the late age of thirty-eight. It was the catalyst for two more concertos, the Concierto Madrigal and Concierto Andaluz, composed for two and four guitars respectively. Though Naxos has proved a major champion in recording all of his orchestral works, his reputation as a composer hangs on that one work, the Concierto Aranjuez. Here it is played by the Canadian, Dale Kavanagh, her performance soft grained when compared with the powerful account by Norbert Kraft, my top recommendation on a Naxos release coupled with guitar concertos by Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Villa-Lobos. But the attraction of this new release comes with the excellent playing of the Amadeus Guitar Duo—of which Kavanagh is a member—in the ten movements of the Concierto Madrigal, their characterisation ideally capturing the mood of the named ‘pictures’. They are then joined by the highly acclaimed Eden-Stell Duo in a colourful account of the Concierto Andaluz, the balance between instruments perfectly judged. The International Philharmonie, a mix of professional and student musicians, give able support in a disc curiously recorded sixteen years ago but now making its first commercial appearance. The artist biographies included therefore speak of their careers that have taken since that time. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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