Fernando SOR (1778-1839)
artist: Raphaella Smits, guitar
FERNANDO SOR - NAPOLEON COSTE
"matched by very few performances ... and superbly recorded" (The Grammophone)
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WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY
WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY
J.D. of the <Gramophone> wrote:
"There are other currently available recordings of the works by Sor, but none that takes clear precedence over these by Raphaella Smits. The sum total of her attention to detail, sensitivity, controlled use of rubato, expressive vibrato, purity of tone and crystal-clear delivery is one which is matched by very few performances that are of the utmost refinement, character and authority, and which are superbly recorded."
Paul Fowles of the <Classical Guitar (UK)> wrote:
"This is one of the most refined recordings of the nineteenth century repertoire to reach me for some time. It is to Smits' eternal credit that she has reminded me through this recording that something worthwhile really did happen to the instrument between 1750 and 1900."
Ellis of the <American Record Guide> wrote:
"Smits sails alone just fine. There is a felicitous pace, as if she feels the notes without her fingers, or, better yet, knows how to dance with her guitar. Pretty playing indeed."
F. Gonnelli from <Musica Classica> wrote:
"Raphaella Smits, una strumentista molto sensibile, dotata di un suono eccellente ed un fraseggio intenso e misuratissimo, ha construito una piccola e felice antologia. La registrazione è di timbro esemplare. Molto consigliabile."
André De Groeve of the <Gazet van Antwerpen> wrote:
"From the first note you're caught by Smits' playing. It's not just amazingly beautiful and correct, but she knows a lot to tell through the music. Romantic? Yes, but subtle and very convincing."
Emma Scott of the <Nieuwe Gazet> wrote:
"The development of the historical line from Sor to Coste takes place in this interpretation. That's why this disc presents a captivating evolutionary picture of sound of the 19th century guitar repertoire."
L.L. of the <Kaderblad Jeugd en Muziek> wrote:
"By means of her extremely sensitive playing, she works magic changing these compositions into real pearls thereby removing the last doubts about the possibilities of the guitar. We consider Raphaella Smits to be one of the great virtuosi of our country!"
Thierry Sterck from <Chronique CD Classique> wrote:
"Raphaella Smits nous donne, parmi le meilleur de ces deux auteurs, des pages tout imprégnées de son exquise délicatesse, de sa haute musicalité, de sa technique solide mais discrète car tout entière au service de l'art."
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