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Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, October 2019

“Souvenirs of Spain & Italy” features American guitarist Sharon Isbin displaying her customary verve and her love of pulse-quickening rhythms and searing melodies in music that provides plenty of opportunity to do just that. She joins forces here with the Pacifica String Quartet, four like-minded spirits who are disposed to take the music for all it’s worth. The result is a program of really glorious music-making. © 2019 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review

Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), September 2019

The Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet and multiple Grammy-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin join forces for an album of music for strings and guitar from the Baroque to the mid-20th century. Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Quintet is a seldom-heard gem demanding virtuosity from every player. Isbin and the Pacifica play Emilio Pujol’s guitar arrangement of Antonio Vivaldi’s Lute Concerto in D Major. Luigi Boccherini’s Quintet in D Major melds the emerging classical style of late 18th-century Vienna with hints of Spanish flamenco. Spanish composer Joaquín Turina’s La Oración del Torero evokes the fervor of a matador’s private prayer before entering the bullring. © 2019 WFMT (Chicago)

Jean-Yves Duperron
Classical Music Sentinel, August 2019

The combination of string quartet and classical guitar works so well that I’m surprised it hasn’t been done more often. The variety of the pieces on offer here also adds to the appeal of this new recording featuring multi-award winning guitarist Sharon Isbin and the Pacifica Quartet.

Sharon Isbin plays an Antonius Mueller guitar equipped with Savarez strings. All in all this makes for an unconventional and yet satisfying hour of fine Mediterranean inspired music. Sit down with a fine Italian or robust Spanish wine and enjoy! © 2019 Classical Music Sentinel Read complete review

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