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Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, January 2017

The guitar and tenor combination seems just right for Rodrigo’s intimate approach and the Ferrero-Socias handling of it all is very idiomatic and beautiful to experience.

A volume to savor! Well worth hearing many times. © 2017 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Robert A Moore
American Record Guide, January 2017

Ferrero had a sweet and vibrant voice that was ideal for these songs. Most of them are gentle and reflective, and he sings with appropriately varied dynamics, much of the time in mezza voce. His full range of dynamics is displayed beautifully in ‘Aranjuez, Ma Pensée’. He effectively reduces his voice to a mere whisper at the end of ‘Tu Voz y Tu Mano’ on the words “my heart is waiting for you”, and his soft singing in ‘Romance de Durandarte’ is exquisite. Socias’s sensitive and expressive accompaniment is exemplary. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, November 2016

Tenor José Ferrero…has an agreeable voice and sings with deep feeling for both music and texts …sensitive and beautiful and the disc is definitely worth a listen. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Michael Wilkinson
MusicWeb International, October 2016

…a fine recording, well worth investigating. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2016

Though today seldom performed, Joaquín Rodrigo was a quite prolific composer of songs for solo voice and piano, a role here transposed for guitar by Marco Socías. The twenty-four tracks cover much of his working life, the earliest Serranilla dating from 1928, when he was twenty-seven, with the last coming sixty year later in 1988 with Aranjuez, ma pensee. Covering a wide range of emotions, with texts that were moistly anonymous, the most extensive contemporary poems come from Antonio Machado for the seven songs Con Antonio Machado. Sadly the disc now comes as a memorial to the internationally famous Spanish operatic tenor, Jose Ferrero, who died suddenly aged 43 in March of this year, ten months after recording this album. It was to be an unusual release as it comes with the permission of Rodrigo’s daughter that the distinguished Spanish guitarist could transcribe most of the tracks from the fulsome sound of the piano to the more ‘skeleton’ accompaniment of the guitar. Unless you speak Spanish you will need to download the text and translations, as the disc’s booklet does not give any idea of the content of the songs. Microphones were placed close on the singer, with the guitar placed at a more normal distance. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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