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Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, January 2016

…[Süalp] has a flawless technique, excellent interpretive instincts, and an adventurous repertory.

…[his] playing is skillful and convincing…[and] handles the rhythmic subtleties expertly.

Süalp is convincing in everything, and though I’d love to hear him in more familiar repertory, I salute him for introducing these new works (and reviving the Dodgson). © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2015

This release should carry a warning that Turgay Erdener’s Five Grotesques can become addictive, and can go round and round in your head for many weeks. The Turkish-born composer, born in 1957, has come up with some very catchy tunes, not least the one that opens the work, his growing catalogue of works including operetta and instrumental ‘lollypops’. It’s rather cruel to follow such easy listening with the avant garde abstract sounds of Leo Brouwer’s three-movement sonata. It never seems to know which way it is going, and, for no good reason, quotes music from previous eras. Just glad to get back to Turkey, with the performer’s short picture of Raindrops, followed by a reworking of traditional folk songs and dances in the Six Anatolian Pieces from Ertuğrul Bayraktar. Introspective, light-hearted, disconsolate and delightful, they encompass so many differing moods, their melodic invention always most interesting. A short work by the Venezuelan composer, Luis Ochoa, leads to Stephen Dodgson’s ground-breaking First Partita which, fifty years after its composition, sounds very modern but equally engaging. The soloist is the Turkish-born Eren Süalp, winner of the 2014 Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition, Alessandra, this disc being a follow-up to that success. Such releases are usually given to ‘lollypops’ from the repertoire, Süalp having my deep admiration by using it to frequent us with music from his homeland. As a performer he is outstanding, the clarity he brings to the most demanding passages is very special, while the Canadian recording is impeccable. I am quite sure this will be my ‘Guitar disc of the Year’. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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