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Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, January 2017

My favorite part of this recording is the three Dowland fantasies. …This is Dowland at his richest, the most chromatic music from the Renaissance that’s not by Gesualdo, and it is deeply affecting. You wouldn’t play the three works together, but scattering them through the program was quite effective. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2016

Born in northern Brazil, the winner of the 2015 Tarrega International Guitar Competition, João Carlos Victor, had moved to Europe to complete his education. He has since remained in Switzerland from where he is establishing a career that includes a particular interest in lute music played on a modern guitar. His debut disc programme sets out a broad spectrum of musical tastes, and I find him especially satisfying when faced with technical challenges, as in Rodrigo’s Invocacion y Danza, his strong right hand fingers injecting a feel of immense power before he enters the fast moving dance section. That brilliance continues in Repeter, specially written for him by the young Brazilian composer, Paulo Rios Filho, to demonstrate the many sides of an innate mastery of the instrument. More immediately tuneful, and requiring deft fingers on both hands, Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s title refers to its eighteenth century parentage in the two central movements, surrounded by music full of Mediterranean sun and happiness. Victor’s group of four Tárrega pieces are charmingly performed, and I do not doubt his sincerity in his Dowland group. Another outstanding talent and I hope this well-recorded disc is a stepping-stone to the international guitar scene. © 2016 David’s Review Corner

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