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Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, November 2016

Bravo to Mr Kukhta for presenting a rich, substantive, varied program and executing it with such fine musicianship. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2016

At the age of thirty-one, Pavel Kukhta found international recognition as winner of the Heinsberg guitar competition following successes dating back eight years. Born in Belarusia in 1984, this would appear to be his first record release, and he has taken the opportunity to showcase music by another Belarusian—the composer, Galina Gorelova. Without a massive international profile, she has been a prolific composer, her output including a Guitar Concerto as part of eleven concertos for various instruments. Writing in a language of modern tonality, there is a link with Bach in the hugely attractive Fuga, here receiving its world premiere recording in an arrangement by the soloist. Regular readers will recall my lukewarm response to recent Leo Brouwer compositions, but as a technical showpiece, guitarists must welcome the demands made on their virtuosity throughout the Third Sonata published in 2012. Equally attractive is the finger-knotting Toccata from Rodrigo, and the unusual and tricky rhythms of Roberto Gerhard’s Fantasia. We have a picture of Granada from Eduardo Morales-Caso composed in 2001; an extended meditation on the city of Rio de Janeiro from Sérgio Assad, and a ‘pop’ melody, Blue Montuno, from Roland Dyens. Kukhta, a highly gifted performer, makes light of the formidable difficulties, his right-hand creating very precise rhythms. Recorded at Naxos’s location in Canada guarantees the finest sound in the guitar world. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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