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John Marks
The Tannhauser Gate, August 2016

One could not ask for better playing than offered by pianist and Buenos Aires native José Gallardo, and his colleagues the German string players violinist Friedemann Eichhorn and cellist Julius Berger. The recorded sound is excellent. This CD is immediately approachable, infectiously listenable, and rewarding upon repeated listenings. © 2016 The Tannhauser Gate Read complete review



Patrick Rucker
Fanfare, September 2007

Any resemblance to Vivaldi or, for that matter, to early 20th-century neo-Baroque tendencies in Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons is strictly coincidental. These four tangos, written between 1965 and 1970 for various purposes, make a strong, integrated suite. Eichhorn and Berger are terrific players, and bring just the right amount of “down and dirty” to these performances. Their double-stop glissandos, imitating the characteristic sounds of the Argentinean bandoneón, are delicious. Berger pulls off the Grand tango in a genuine tour de force. But I must say, José Gallardo claims the first and last word. Gallardo, who is after all a native of Buenos Aires, is simply all over the piano and the results are stunning: this guy sizzles.

The sound here leaves nothing to be desired and the performances are perfectly characteristic in a fine recording. Highly recommended. © 2007 Fanfare Read complete review





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