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Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, January 2016

The performances are all well done and provide an opportunity for Alí Arango to begin making his own mark on the rich heritage of classical guitar. © 2016 Cinemusical Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2015

Winner of the 2014 Alhambra International Guitar Competition in Valencia, the Cuban-born, Alí Arango, offers a very interesting programme for his Naxos debut. There are seven world premiere recordings, including Leo Brouwer’s 2014 composition, Danzas Rituales y Festivas and four of Arango’s own works. I know I appear a heretic in the guitar world, but I am beginning to feel ‘I have been here before’, as each new work appears from Brouwer in his prolific output for solo guitar, and it was not until I reached the finale of this new score that I became wedded to the piece. Turn the clock back to 1981 and I find things of interest at every twist and turn of his El Decameron, composed when he was the most interesting musical voice to come out of Cuba. Equally interesting is Brouwer’s one-time Cuban pupil, Joaquín Clerch, his technically demanding Fourth Study being dedicated to Arango. Works by David del Puerto and Paco de Lucía are entertaining and surround Arango’s own scores. He sounds most at home when writing slow moving music where the performer seems to be improvising for their own enjoyment, and into which I am an interloper. As a soloist he has deft and immaculate articulation, his left hand thankfully moving silently around the guitar. He was with Naxos in Canada last July, the home of today’s finest guitar recordings, and he takes full advantage of the clarity of sound obtained there to showcase his dexterity. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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