Esteemed music critic and musicologist Constantine P. Carambelas-Sgourdas recently weighed in on Smaro Gregoriadou’s newest release Reinventing Guitar II on his blog Μουσικοκριτικες Περιηγησεις. Below are translations of some quotes from his review:
“Gregoriadou herself has arranged all works for the guitar (rather, for different types of guitar), and she accomplishes that with great art, respect for the actual works, and an absolute comprehension of the stylistic demands of the Baroque era.
“Reinventing Guitar II gives to the listener the chance to appreciate the full spectrum of Gregoriadou’s capabilities: her powerful musical point of view, her undeniable sensitivity, the gravitas of her interpretations, and her rare musical ethos, virtues that are supported by a secure technique and an enviable finger mastery. She holds the secrets of the interpretation of baroque music, she is particularly attuned to the style of that era, and she manages through a crystal and refined articulation to highlight both the musical elements of a glorious era and the mighty spirit of the three great composers.
“The new CD proves the actual musical evolution of the soloist. It is not only the reinvention of the guitar, but also the re-discovery of the musical self of Gregoriadou. We are confident that this series of discs will continue for many years to come. We are still at the beginning of the journey.
“…We hope to see soon the third volume of the admirable Gregoriadou!” —Constantine P. Carambelas-Sgourdas, Μουσικοκριτικες Περιηγησεις
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