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Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, May 2018

Adam Levin’s playing is what might be expected from one who can inspire these works. His technique is faultless, his interpretive powers deeply moving, whether the music demands wild abandon or precious beauty—and his identification with the essence of each piece, each composer is clear. Kudos to him for conceiving of this project, which greatly enriches the guitar and its space! © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2017

The third volume of twenty-first century Spanish guitar music as seen through the eyes of the American guitarist, Adam Levin, who has commissioned the works. He has spread the commissions over composers spanning many generations, this penultimate release essentially relying on works from octogenarians, Anton Garcia Abril, Leonardo Balada, and the most famous of them all, Cristobel Halffeter. Of the younger generation, though fast heading towards fifty, Eduardo Morales-Caso’s Yemanja Sonata, completed two years ago, draws on Jewish inspiration to create a score that is often bitter in content. It is one of the finest guitar works I have encountered in recent times, its three movements that are challenging to the performer while staying within the bounds of conventional guitar techniques. It really should have concluded the disc as it is a very difficult act to follow, Garcia Abril’s Trimountain reminding me of my young guitar friend doodling on his instrument, while I was not galvanised by Leonardo Balada’s use of music by Manuel de Falla to fashion his Twelfth Caprichos completed in 2015. Born in 1978, and youngest composer represented, Laura Vega’s El hombre que plantaba arboles uses percussive effects, dissonance and extended guitar techniques that are fresh and interesting. Strange that it is only the second solo guitar work from the veteran, Cristobal Halffter. He has lost none of his skills in this mesmerising and innovative score that should henceforward be a staple part of the guitar repertoire. Finally, and in a slightly lighter mood, Jose Luis Greco’s Sweet as Candy: 7 flavours for guitar offers the many colours and moods of the instrument. We must take these performances as definitive, the many and exacting demands are relished by Levin whose hands are often called upon for a display of outstanding agility. His clarity is well served by Naxos’s famous Canadian recording team in their favourite location. © 2017 David’s Review Corner





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