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Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, May 2019

The encore is one of the Western world’s most popular tunes, the habanera La Paloma (The Dove) written by Sebastián de Iradier (or Yradier) in the 1850s. It is said to be the most recorded song ever, together with The Beatles’s Yesterday. The arrangement by Barrios is elegant and constitutes a worthy conclusion to this eminent programme. Celil Refik Kaya’s playing is impeccable and worthy of high sales figures. It should be pointed out that most of the facts in this review have been collected from Graham Wade’s liner notes—as always a great source for information. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Dean Frey
Music for Several Instruments, March 2019

Virtuosity and musicianship galore are on display in this superb release! Highly recommended. © 2019 Music for Several Instruments Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2019

This is the Fifth and final instalment in the complete works for solo guitar by Agustin Barrios, who was described as the instrument’s greatest living virtuoso. Born in 1885 in Paraguay, he led a crazy lifestyle from his teenage years, touring, almost without a break, throughout South America, and in his later years, also around Europe, before dying at the early age of fifty-nine. During that time he was to compose a large collection of music, some of it never having reached manuscript paper. Fortunately Barrios was one of the first to appreciate the importance of the recording industry, and placed on disc more than fifty works. It has been from these recordings guitarists have been able to reconstruct his unpublished works. Looking to create pleasing scores that could be enjoyed in the popular world of music, he was also a miniaturist, some of the twenty-four tracks on this discs lasting a matter of seconds. Equally he could write unforgettable melodies such as the Choro da saudade, one of his most extended works, the disc covering music written from 1905 – the Abri la puerta mi china being his earliest piece – through to 1941. There are works that were just for fun, such as the Petite Pierrot, while there were those intended to display his agility in both hands, the short Variacion al estudio  a piece of finger-knotting difficulty. Yet the disc’s major requirement is a smooth beauty perfectly captured by the Turkish-born, Celil Refik Kaya. This extremely long disc having, as an encore, one of the most popular melodies, Sebastian de Iradier’s Habanera in an arrangement by Barrios. Superbly recorded series from Naxos’s Canadian team. © 2019 David’s Review Corner





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