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Well-known guitar works by Ponce, Barrios, and Mompou, re-envisioned through the impeccable artistry of Raphaella Smits and performed on her 1980 Gilbert 8-string guitar.
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Raphaella Smits: Guitar Recital
Raphaella Smits
Label: Soundset Recordings
Item Number: SR1084
Format: CD
Year Recorded: 2016
When I finally saw Raphaella Smits perform at GFA last summer, her skill and passion were very much on display throughout her program, so I should not be surprised that this latest recorded offering is also a rich and deeply felt “recital.” Just three composers are represented: Manuel Maria Ponce (four of the five movements of his gorgeous homage to Weiss, written for Segovia, with its deep, affecting “Sarabande” and spry, memorable “Gigue”); Barrios (two preludes and the beautifully wistful Leyenda Guarani); and Mompou (his tonally variegated 1962 Suite Compostelana, which seems to be quite popular among players these days). Everything about this project is completely top-notch; the recording of the late luthier John Gilbert’s 1980 8-string guitar is spectacular!
- Classical Guitar News, March 2017