“Interest in this CD is divided between the repertoire and the instruments on which it is played. Gregoriadou uses several different guitars in the main part of this CD, as well as different tunings… One can hear the difference immediately, although one might not recognize why. I feel that Gregoriadou is a guitarist’s guitarist. She does things with her instrument that probably make her peers think, “Hey, why didn’t I think of doing that?” Gregoriadou’s El Aleph, which closes this CD, makes use of Open Source Guitars, the innovative guitar ensemble associated with the National University for Music in Trossingen, Germany. Gregoriadou’s writing, in this last work, reveals that, as a composer, she also is an innovator: This music puts guitars together in unusual ways, and interesting games are played with harmony and rhythm. … As for the other works, this is a highly varied program that is of excellent quality, overall, and that is free from clichés. I’ve been listening to guitar discs for ages, and several of these composers (to say nothing of their works) were new to me. Sean Hickey’s Tango Grotesco[‘s]… rich and often unexpected harmonies attract the listener’s attention. Gregoriadou has done a fine job of putting together pieces that work well on their own, and that also complement one another. As always, Gregoriadou plays with superb technique, style, alertness, and interpretive imagination. … Gregoriadou keeps the interest high, however, and this disc would be an excellent acquisition for anyone who wants an adventurous new guitar disc.” —Raymond Tuttle, Fanfare Magazine
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