THE CASTELLANI-ANDRIACCIO GUITAR DUO
4 STARS * * * *
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(Fleur de Son Classics FDS 57952)
"The premiere duo in the field today."
-- American Record Guide
"One of the greatest guitar duos of our time."
Les Cahiers de la Guitarre, France
"Their tightness of ensemble and their general musicianship illustrate perfectly just how elegant and attractive music for two guitars can be…two superb artistes."
Classical Guitar Magazine
"First rate and a pleasure to hear. The performances were consistently fine, the rapport between the two just about perfect playing with plenty of color and depth. The concert was admirable."
The New York Times
"A guitar duo worth hearing time and time again." (Headline)
The San Juan Star
"I am particularly taken by the Duo's poise and taste. Their interpretive insights yield music in the purest, least cluttered sense of the word and they play with a singleness of mind that both illuminates and delights. There is nothing routine about this pair."
"Critic's Choice of the Year", Fanfare Magazine
"Their style is never overstated and their attention to detail meticulous, while balance, technical execution and ensemble are flawless…as fine an example of duo playing as can be imagined."
"They play the Latin lingo with the best of them… They pack a powerful punch, sounding more Argentinean at times than Piazzolla's own New Tango Quintet giving us some of the smartest, most adroit playing since Presti and Lagoya … exhilarating stuff."
"They continue to impress with their impeccable musicianship. Their taste in ornamentation, their outstanding intonation and felt tempos, and their great skill in selectivity mark them as great communicators and the premiere duo in the field today."
"Best of the Year", American Record Guide
I found this to be one of the most enjoyable classical guitar recordings I have heard in quite a while.
The performance by Joanne Castellani and Michael Andriaccio (a premiere recording) is as flawless as any can be.
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