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Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, July 2016

Another fine recital from the Amadeus Guitar Duo, Dale Kavanagh and Thomas Kirchhoff. The theme, music from southern Europe and South America, …dedicated to the Amadeus and the real find on this recording. It’s just such delightful music…

The Castelnuovo-Tedesco pieces may not be quite as sparkling as Duo Pace Poli Cappelli or the Brasil Duo, but they are still beautiful, compelling performances. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), February 2016

Drawing on a wealth of original compositions for guitar duo, the Amadeus Guitar Duo presents a selection of works which conjure up the heat of South America and the passion of Southern Europe. From the Baroque influences in the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco to the innovative techniques used by Bolivian-born Jaime Mirtenbaum Zenamon, this recording is sure to evoke Images of the South in the mind of any listener. © 2016 WFMT (Chicago)



David Mellor
Classic FM, January 2016

…an extremely well executed, and thoroughly entertaining and unhackneyed hour-long recital, where established masters like Rodrigo and Tárrega rub shoulders with contemporary composers like Alfonso Montes.

…Thoroughly recommended. © 2016 Classic FM Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2016

Continuing their on-going series, the internationally-famous guitar duo bring together a disc of musical ‘lollypops’ from South American and Southern Europe. In time scale it dates from the Baroque style of Fernando Carulli to the present day with music by Alfonso Montes and Jaime Zenamon. Beginning with the most extended work, Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Sonatina canonica, the interplay between the Canadian-born, Dale Kavanagh, and her German partner, Thomas Kirchhoff, is so perfectly balanced in this rather introverted score, though I think the final Fandango could have been more explosive. I particularly enjoyed Carulli’s Serenade in four short movements. Though an original score for guitar duo, you could well imagine it being written and played on a harpsichord. Montes Surama is much in the world of ‘crossover’ music with the Lorca Fantasy by Gerald Garcia in a similar mode. It is in the beautiful Prelude from Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4, that we meet the quiet jewel of the programme, Rodrigo’s Concierto Madrigal sounding somewhat threadbare without its colourful orchestral participation. Zenamon’s Casablanca is a slinky picture of a steamy evening in a hot climate with a melody you will readily recognise, and you will surely know one of Tarrega’s most famous works, Recuerdos de la Alhambra. Technically the playing is immaculate and the recording, which was once available on the Hanssler label, is of excellent quality. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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