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Lark Reviews, November 2019

…This forms an interesting collection as it includes the Sexteto Mistico and the Quinteto Instrumental in addition to the two concerti. Though popular at the time of its writing the guitar concerto is rarely played today and the appealing harmonic concerto entirely absent. This is a pity as both works have much to commend them and it would be good to feel that programme organisers moved outside of their comfort zone at times. © 2019 Lark Reviews Read complete review

Records International, November 2019

The concertos and chamber works on this album show Villa-Lobos’s unceasing enthusiasm for new colors and sonorities in his music. A cornerstone of the repertoire, the 1951 guitar concerto contains soaring melodies and rhythmic vitality couched in virtuosic writing. Exploring the instrument’s full harmonic and chromatic possibilities, the one for harmonica (1955) is also deftly orchestrated. Spanning much of his career, new and daring sonic combinations are to be heard in the two chamber works (the sextet from 1917 and the quintet from 1957) demonstrating the composer’s extraordinary gift for seductive lyricism. © 2019 Records International

Dean Frey
Music for Several Instruments, October 2019

I’ve only listened to this new recording of the Concerto by Manuel Barrueco and OSESP (the São Paulo Symphony) under Giancarlo Guerrero, five or six times, but I’m already suspecting this will go to the very top of the list. Barrueco’s playing is outstanding, especially in the Cadenza, and even in the Finale the partnership between soloist and orchestra makes the most compelling case for bringing this work out of the John Williams cold.

I look forward to more in this series! © 2019 Music for Several Instruments Read complete review

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