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"This is indeed the playing which can take the guitar into the 21st
century. Thank you Ms. Smits."
"Smits's performance is uncommonly penetrating, It's a triumph.
This recital is highly recommended, and I will be looking for more from
"Smits plays with more heart than anybody should be allowed to have.
She has the technique, to be sure, but her musicality sublimates everything,
as the rubato pushes and pulls the tempo, and the melody just seems to
float from her fingertips. This is one of the best guitar discs I've heard
in a very long time."
"Harmonie du Soir: This recording is a must-have of the period guitar;
all period instruments, superb playing, and ground-breaking repertoire
of quality. Raphaella Smits' playing is hypnotic, virtuosic and captivating."
"It's all a question of style, really, and Raphaella Smits has plenty,
never once putting a finger wrong in that respect. Her approach is of
that refreshingly straightforward modern sort, which first of all looks
at the music to see what is there. Then, with her excellent musical imagination,
she inserts what is not."
"There are other currently available recordings of the works by
Sor, but none that takes clear precedence over these by Raphaella Smits.
Then 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."
"I'm not familiar with Raphaella Smits, but she's better than nearly
every woman in the guitar field. Her playing is very romantic and sonorous,
and she likes to take her time with things. She feels her way through
the pieces with a silky, smooth tone that I find preferable to other's
hard bite. While a few of her peers have the virtuosic edge, Smits could
show them a thing or two about lyricism and sentiment."
"Miss Smits is an uncommonly musical guitarist : she has nimble
fingers, a prismatic sence of timbre, and a serene dignity that informs
all she plays."
"Smits's flowing artistry stands at any given moment in the recital."
"Raphaella Smits is considered one of the world's premier performers
of the 8-string guitar."
"I saw all of the masterclasses and Raphaella's sensitivity and
compassion for the students was unsurpassed.”
"The most immediately striking aspect of Miss Smits's playing was
the richness of her tone, attributable in part to her guitar, which had
eight strings rather than the standard six. How that flexibility and resonance
are managed, of course, is the player's province, and Miss Smits invariably
found ways to let the instrument ring out fully without compromising to
the transparency of the music's textures."
guitarist Raphaella Smits, playing an 8 string John Gilbert guitar was,
quite simply, stunning - a revelation."
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