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Sku.: GSP1009CD
AZUMA, CRISTINA
$12.98
Contatos

Nominated for the NAIRD 1996 Best Solo Classical Album award
A Gramophone Critics' Choice for Favorite Recordings of 1995
Acoustic Guitar Magazine's 1997 CD Hit List (essential recordings)

"Bellinati, Brouwer, Azuma, D'Angelo, Agobert, Bartok, Rougier, Madureira"

Cristina Azuma, the first woman guitarist to join the GSP label roster, is distinguished not only by her sensitive, technically startling musicianship, but by her bold choices, and her commitment to expanding the repertoire for guitar.

Produced by Paulo Belinati and Dean Kamei, Contatos presents a beautiful program which often emphasizes complex rhythms, and a variety of world traditions, including the Brazilian.

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"Cristina's playing is full of contrast (fluid yet precise, strong yet full of softness). She shows a remarkable familiarity with popular music while still retaining a refined style to play the music of the masters. A rare and sincere artist." - Daniel Ribouillault, Les Cahiers de la Guitare

"Technique so brilliant, it sparkles." - Raul Jose, In Tune, Arizona Classic Guitar Society

"This is a ravishing recital by a wonderfully talented new Brazilian guitarist. ...I played it three times straight through! One of the albums of the year." - Jeff Bradley, Denver Post

"Trust GSP Records to find the best in new guitar talent. Azuma doesn't fancy herself a Nicola Hall, which makes her eminently more likeable than the British Paganini wannabe...Her recital is likewise admirable and comforting, a unique pairing of Eastern Europeans with Latin Americans that finds common ground in the modal themes and forceful rhythms of both lands. If you don't hear virtuosic playing on this disc, it's because Azuma's fingers are so good, they let the heart speak for a change." - Bill Ellis, American Record Guide

"Hardly predictable&plays like a set of aural landscapes, highly romantic in the treatment of harmony, with references to places and literary ideas. ...Azuma also offers the premiere of Bellinati's complete Suite Contatos (Portuguese for contact) a lush and exotic five-movement work that more guitarists should consider adding to their repertoire." - Kurt Loft, The Tampa Tribune

"By judicious juxtaposition, the Brazilian classical maestra explores relationships between the folk music of northeastern Brazil and eastern Europe...pleasing, even tone...considerable finesse." - Jas Obrecht, Guitar Player Magazine

"She plays a wide range of music,...with her characteristic clear balanced tone and delicate sensibility." - Gendai Guitar Magazine

"Rhythmically complex, musically colourful and intriguing, Azuma demonstrates her talent in an unusual but complementary mix...a cross-cultural feast!" - John Clayton, KFUO, St. Louis

"...a pleasant collection of music (some repertoire, some unusual) played by a guitarist of great ability." - Colin Cooper, Classical Guitar Magazine

"She plays a wide range of music...with her characteristic clear, balanced tone and delicate sensibility." - Gendai Guitar Magazine

"How can only six strings do so much? This album will go well with dry red wines and fine aged cheeses." - CW, NAPRA ReView

"Perhaps the adjective 'enchanting' best describes this assemblage of glorious selections that are, all at once, complex, colorful and haunting. Her playing is bold, yet sensitive as well as technically perfect yet heartfelt. Her fingers fly across the strings with all the dexterity in the world, but they seem to caress the strings to produce a romance between artist and composer. ...an aural delight that is soothing, exciting and eminently satisfying!" - Richard Fuller, Metaphysical Reviews

"This is a singular and exquisite classical guitar recital, built around the performer's awareness of rhythmic and modal similarities between music from northeastern Brazil and Europe. &exchange and reciprocity. Such elements do occur throughout this fascinating program, as does Cristina Azuma's felicitous connection with the attentive listener."  John Sunier, Audio Magazine

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