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Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, March 2017

Mamadkuliev has the technique, intellect, and heart to make this a really convincing performance. If you don’t know this guitarist and his work, you should. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2016

Winner of the 2015 Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition, in Alessandria, Rovshan Mamedkuliev makes his second appearance in the Naxos Guitar Laureate series. Reviewing his earlier disc, following his success in the 2012 Guitar Foundation of America Competition, I commented that reading his biography, it would appear his career “over the past fourteen years has been largely in the field of competitions, having in that time won more than twenty awards in countries as diverse as Russia, France, Spain  and the USA”. Now three more years have passed and, at the age of thirty, he is still entering competitions where his flawless technique is to be admired. I also like his choice of music which covers a wide spectrum of period and styles, and contains Nikita Koshkin’s Sonata II a fascinating exploration of guitar sonorities that also act as a soloist’s showpiece, those crunchy chords, that are a feature of the finale, leading to an ending that fades into silence. Walton’s Five Bagatelles are always welcome, and the two Rodrigo pieces are too seldom performed. …the performer’s adaptation of Bach’s Chaconne from the Second Violin Sonata is both imaginative and at the same time respecting the original score. Rather close-up sound from Naxos’s Canadian recording team, but, as usual, it is superb. If you bought Mamedkuliev’s earlier disc you will want this even more attractive programme. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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