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Paul Fowles
Classical Guitar, November 2016

Miguel Trápaga’s playing remains polished and spirited throughout … © 2016 Classical Guitar Magazine

Phillip Scott
Fanfare, September 2016

The orchestral response [for the Rodrigo Concerto] under Díaz is sharp and Miguel Trápaga’s technical proficiency is outstanding. They approach Rodrigo’s old warhorse with flair and freshness.

…the harmonic tension and innate drama work equally well on this grand scale [Guitare by Frank Martin] as they do in the intimate realm of solo guitar. Diáz’s fine performance is touted as the premiere recording of the orchestral version.

…this lovely three-movement concerto [Brouwer’s Concierto de Benicàssim], with its piquant orchestral textures, virtuoso solo passages, and gentle Hispanic rhythms, is a delight from start to finish. Again, the performance is very fine. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review

Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, September 2016

…the orchestra part is not only particularly colorful, but brilliantly executed. The orchestra sounds terrific, and Diaz’s conducting is beautifully matched to the music.

The competition is fierce in this work, of course, but Trapaga is as fine as any, …the Galician orchestra sounds superb. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Jean-Yves Duperron
Classical Music Sentinel, August 2016

The orchestra members exude the joy found in the first movement and well express the sadness of the Adagio. Miguel Trápaga embodies this slow movement’s passion and achieves greater expression by somehow altering the sound of his instrument at critical moments to emphasize the musical narrative. Well done. Even if you already have other recordings of the Rodrigo, this one’s a keeper! © 2016 Classical Music Sentinel Read complete review

Des Hutchinson
MusicWeb International, June 2016

…one of the most satisfying performances of the Concierto I have heard. Both in the way it is played and recorded, it becomes a true ensemble piece, a vivid and beautifully balanced canvas of instrumental colour and mood. Free of artifice, this is a performance you can not only hear and feel, but smell and taste. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, June 2016

The Brouwer is a revelation, the Martin a nice surprise and the Rodrigo a heartening confirmation that Miguel Trápaga, Óliver Díaz and the Real Filharmonía de Galicia thrive with alternating bravura and introspection as the scores demand.

The Brouwer work alone is worth the modest Naxos price. The Martin enriches us further. And the Rodrigo gets the sort of poetic reading that is hard to resist. Bravo! © 2016 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

William Yeoman
Gramophone, June 2016

BROUWER, L.: Concierto de Benicàssim / RODRIGO, J.: Concierto de Aranjuez / MARTIN, F.: Guitare (Trápaga, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Díaz) 8.573542
PALOMO, L.: Nocturnos de Andalucía / RODRIGO, J.: Concierto de Aranjuez / MALATS, J.: Serenata española (C. Denoth, London Symphony, Cobos) SIGCD444

…a thrilling work that uses an amplified guitar and extended percussion passages which contrast with more elegiac episodes—[disc] fuses Spanish and Afro-Cuban elements, …Martin exhibits a certain Swiss coolness through which sudden gusts of warmer winds blow.

Trápaga’s playing is perhaps less assured than Denoth’s but he is highly attuned to the different sound worlds of the Brouwer and the Rodrigo and, together with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia under Óliver Díaz, creates another kind of musical conversation that is vibrant, exciting and revealing in equal measure. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

David Mellor
Classic FM, May 2016

This performance by Miguel Trápaga, with a Spanish orchestra and conductor is certainly authentic… © 2016 Classic FM Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, May 2016

…two world premiere recordings, very well played, make this CD worthwhile. © 2016 Pizzicato Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2016

Two world premiere recordings from the Cuban-born, Leo Brouwer, and the Swiss composer, Frank Martin, coupled with the world’s most popular guitar concerto. Brouwer’s concerto, which dates from 2002, and is his ninth for the guitar, had fallen into oblivion until it was taken up by the Spanish guitarist, Miguel Trápaga, the composer giving him permission to make cuts to the score to create a new version that was premiered in 2012 with the composer conducting. In this more concise garb—its three movements still last over half an hour—the opening movement is in two very distinct halves and ends with a very lively and attractive Allegro moderato. Reworking film music that he wrote over thirty years previous, the central Lento is characterised by dramatic outbursts that appear in an otherwise generally quiet musical landscape, a cadenza leading into a brilliant finale mostly driven forward by the orchestra. Martin’s Guitare was originally conceived for guitar and piano, but subsequently orchestrated in 1934 at the behest of the famous conductor, Ernest Ansermet. Neither in shape nor content can it be described as a concerto, but is a colourful suite in four movements, the guitar mostly sited in an obbligato role to a very attractive orchestral score. Trapaga takes Rodrigo’s opening Allegro con spirito very quickly, displaying a brilliant dexterity in both hands, the central Adagio, which settles the performance into a conventional tempo ends with a cadenza that is full of impact leading to the sprightly finale. You will already have your favourite version of this much recorded score, my own, by a large margin, coming with another Naxos release with Norbert Kraft as the soloist (8.550729). Throughout this new release we have excellent playing from the Spanish orchestra in well balanced sound. © 2016 David’s Review Corner

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