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Zev Kane
WQXR (New York), December 2019

The Best Classical Recordings of 2019

Fresh off his victory in last year’s prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Competition, French guitarist Raphaël Feuillâtre’s recorded his debut album, which shows him hardly resting on his laurels. This expansive program, encompassing Rameau to Rachmaninoff, flaunts his virtuoso technique and elegant phrasing, both of which well-exceed his 23 years. © 2019 WQXR (New York)



Tracy Anne Smith
American Record Guide, November 2019

The playing of Feuillatre, besides being warm, natural, and elegant, strikes me as almost impressionist in approach. As German Impressionist painter Max Liebermann said, “Impressionism is not a movement; it is a philosophy of life.” In visual art, it depicts the play of light on beautiful objects, rather than the objects themselves. So little in Feuillatre’s recording from tone to dynamic comes across as gloomy or heavy—rather it reflects a sparkling sheen of the musical material. He does not press or push either the music or his prodigious technique much past the point of a fleet delicacy but plays with just the right amount of power to tether the music. The result is a charming, deceptively effortless sounding performance. © 2019 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2019

The twenty-two year old Paris-based winner of the 2018 Guitar Foundation of America Competition, Raphael Feuillatre makes this debut recording for Naxos. As a shop-window of his talents, that had gained that major award, it displays a musician of poetic sensitivity who judiciously uses rubato to shape his performance in Agustin Barrios Mangore’s Mazurka Apasionata, while in the Variations on a Theme of Sor, by Miguel Llobet Soles, he displays a fine and complete technique. Yet with so much original music for guitar, and a great deal awaiting a recording, why has this very talented young man then chosen to fill his disc with arrangements of music for harpsichord and piano? The three Rameau pieces intended ‘for clevecin’ is nothing like the Rameau I personally love, while Rachmaninov’s frequently played Fifth Prelude sounds threadbare when divorced from the tonal and opulent quality of the modern grand piano for which it was intended. The brief biography that comes with the disc relates that he is still a student, and now with this award he will be looking towards an international career. Working in a Florida studio, Naxos’s famous Canadian recording team have used a closer perspective than is usual in their guitar discs. © 2019 David’s Review Corner





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