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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding!, 12 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Guitar Recital (Audio CD)
This is quite simply one of the most spectacular guitar CDs around. The performance is outstanding and the recording second to none. How Naxos can do this for the price is beyond belief. Well done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing recital truly without parallel, 8 July 2013
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This review is from: Guitar Recital (Audio CD)
This disc, very well recorded in 1995, features one of the most outstanding guitarists of recent times. Jason Vieaux came to world attention by winning first prize at the 1992 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition. The set piece from that competition, Variations on a Moldavian Hora by Ian Krouse, is included here. Not only is it of a demanding technical level, it is also a lyrically rewarding piece.

Indeed, all the pieces here re lyrical and rewarding as well as being lyrically rewarding. Apart from the Krouse piece, all the remaining pieces are both modern in origin and also of South American influence. Thus we have an Argentinian influence from Pujol and Morel, a Paraguayan influence from Barrios, a Cuban influence from Orbon and further influences from Brazil and Venezuela. The recital starts with a most attractive suite by Merlin and concludes with a popular piece by Bustamante.

This album makes a welcome and refreshing change from the Spanish centred pieces typical of so many other recitals. I would suggest that the musical content is finer than many other recitals that are so often reliant on transcriptions of piano music. Jason Vieaux plays with complete technical assurance and the whole disc is a delight from start to finish, and is both interesting and absorbing - not always the same thing!

I would suggest that this disc is an outstanding and outstandingly different recital of thoughtful and rewarding music that is sadly under-represented on other discs. There are no comparisons to be made and this disc stands alone. I would suggest that it is well worth investigating whether you are a guitarist or not.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Folkloric masterpieces, played with rhythm and soul, 20 Mar 2003
This review is from: Guitar Recital (Audio CD)
This is a fresh recital from a bright young performer. Here is a cd with some warm and sparkling performances of guitar music with folkloric influence. There are some mysterious moments, but on the whole there is a soulful dance throughout. The highlight for me is the end of the disc - which features pieces by Jorge Morel. 'Danza Brazila' in particualar epitomises this disc - a strong, positive dance, which sections of a more thoughtful, refletive nature. Vieux plays with a brilliant tone, and his rhythm brings all of the pieces on the disc to life. Highly recommended.
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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magically atmospheric guitar recital, 6 Jan 2001
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This review is from: Guitar Recital (Audio CD)
This is a marvellous CD. In 1992, Jason Vieaux won 1st prize in the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition, the youngest person ever to do so, and this disc, made in 1995, was his first recording session. The recital opens with six magically atmospheric pieces by the aptly named José Luis Merlin. But the real magician is the performer, not the composer. Combining a faultless technique with an expressive and transparently honest musical sensitivity, Vieaux manages to hold the listener spellbound as the programme unfolds. Written almost entirely by South Americans, the pieces vary from the hauntingly beautiful, such as Merlin's "Evocacion" to the fiendishly difficult - but no less attractive - "Moldavian Hora" by Ian Krouse. This last piece, incidenatally, includes simultaneous trills for the right and left hand! At times it's hard to believe that Jason Vieaux has the same number of fingers as the rest of us! Finally, the quality of the music is matched by the quality of the sound engineering, and the booklet has quite informative notes. The whole production is first class.
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