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Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, April 2018

I can’t remember hearing one single guitar disc from Naxos that wasn’t top level in every respect, and the present one is no exception. Nirse González handles everything with superb assurance, and with Norbert Kraft and Bonnie Silver as production team one knows that everything is in the safest of hands. A flower also to Graham Wade’s exemplary liner notes, from which I’ve drawn most of the information in my review.

Guitar enthusiasts need not hesitate—and the repertoire is certainly unhackneyed. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Review Corner, April 2018

Guitar Recital: González, Nirse - CARREÑO, I. / CASTELLANOS, E. / PLAZA, J.B. / RUIZ, F. / GONZÁLEZ, P.M. (Guitar Music of Venezuela) 8.573631
Guitar Recital: Perera, Cecilio - OLIVA, J.C. / RITTER, J. / TAMEZ, J. / LUNAGÓMEZ, E.H. / TAMAYO, A. (Guitar Music of Mexico) 8.573674

The Venezuelan CD in particular sounds Western, but sparkles more than would a dry European recitation, history and folk music mixing with a classical sound. The collection is gentle, though the playing complex: Venezuelan guitarists sure like to be kept busy. To be simplistic, think Catavina, the classical piece by Stanley Myers made famous by John Williams and later by the Deer Hunter. It’s got the same kind of appeal—easy on the ear, not too difficult and evocative, though this has a more mystical appeal to it.

The Mexican collection is similar, though punchier, more vibrant and often faster. © 2018 Review Corner Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2018

‘Guitar Music of Venezuela’ brings together nine works composed in the second half of the Twentieth century written by musicians educated in their homeland. Stylistically it has its roots firmly planted in the world of pleasing melodic music from a century earlier, full of attractive melodies that are spiced with unusual rhythms often having links with the popular music of North America. They have in common a desire to showcase the performer with busy fingers in both hands. Try track ten—the third movement of the Suite para guitarra by Inocente Carreno—to find the flavour of the whole disc. Indeed as we move from one composer to the next, it could have all come from the same hand. That feeling no doubt stems from the fact that the musicologist and mentor, Vincente Emilio Sojo, taught so many that we find here his pupils and their pupils. His personal contribution to the disc comes with excerpts from his edition of Venezuelan Dances of the 19th Century. So as we jump from the 1950’s, with the completion of Juan Bautista Plaza’s Obras para guitarra, to the 2016 Tetralogia from Pedro Mauricio Gonzalez—dedicated to Nirse González—we find ourselves in a totally different sound-world to the remainder of the disc. I go back to August 2007 when I welcomed the first recording from Nirse González, that came about following his success as the winner of the 2006 Tarrega International Guitar Competition. I wrote at the time, “too often guitar competition winners have a short shelf-life, but I hope we will hear a lot more of this young man, his musicianship a cut above others I have heard in recent years”, that is equally pertinent to this new release. The recording comes from Naxos’s Canadian team that guarantees excellence. © 2018 David’s Review Corner

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