The Guitar Works of Garoto

The Guitar Works of Garoto
Maker/Manufacturer: BELLINATI, PAULO

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“Paulo Bellinati does a superb job of resurrecting and interpreting the work of the brilliant Brazilian composer/guitarist, Garoto, my dear friend by whom I was greatly influenced. This monumental recording by Paulo brings back wonderful memories, and clearly shows the musical genius of Garoto who was so far ahead of his time.” — Luiz Bonfá

“Paulo Bellinati plays Garoto’s lovely music with such fidelity that one who knew Garoto would almost swear Garoto himself was playing. Possessing a clean and decisive technique, Bellinati is one of the best guitarists of the young generation. This album is a winner—not only for those who love Brazilian music but also for those who simply love the beautiful sound of a well-played guitar. Congratulations Paulo!” — Laurindo Almeida

“It is a joy listening to this beautifully produced recording, perpetuating a unique repertoire created by the genius of Garoto and revived through the artistry and labor of the talented Paulo Bellinati. Paulo projects a clean, sensitive tone and his interpretations reflect the best of the Brazilian tradition—romanticism, intimacy and rhythmic sensuality. These music folios and recording, faithful to Garoto’s original manuscripts and recordings, are most impressive.” — Carlos Barbosa-Lima

“Paulo Bellinati does the next best thing to resurrecting Brazil’s legendary Garoto. With masterful playing and attention to detail, Bellinati breathes life into these innovative pieces, which have been dormant for so long.” — Jim Ferguson, Guitar Player Magazine

“One of Brazil’s greatest contemporary guitarists, Paulo Bellinati completes a mission of historic significance with the release of this CD, a collection of his more than accurate transcriptions of Garoto’s works. Although gems of a composer much ahead of his time—a pioneer of the bossa nova style due to his harmonic complexities and rhythmic innovations—the pieces never seemed so fresh as through Bellinati’s hands. Never letting his impeccable technique overshadow the captivating spontaneity of his playing, he creates a true masterpiece.” — Arnaldo de Souteiro, Tribuna da Imprensa - Rio de Janeiro

“Garoto’s legacy is one of great importance, not only in the world of Brazilian music but also in the literature of the guitar. Guitar Solo Publications gives us a triple treat: first by recording the guitar works of Garoto; second by having Paulo Bellinati, the arranger and transcriber of the pieces, as the soloist who gives a performance of rare delicacy; and third by publishing the printed editions of all the material contained in the album. This is truly a treasure of a collection. Thanks Dean Kamei.” — Oscar Castro Neves

“Every now and then a special recording makes its way to a reviewer’s desk. It’s not just another performance of standard repertoire, not a reissue of well-loved (or hated) material, and not a brave attempt to push the polemics of the moribund avant-garde back into some newly carved little niche. Paulo Bellinati’s beautiful homage to the guitar works of Brazilian guitarist/composer Garoto is just such a disc. In terms of technique, commitment, sympathy, and musicianship, Bellinati’s recital is an impressive achievement, and the GSP engineers have captured an exemplary guitar sound.” — Richard Perry, CD Review (5 star review)

“As an avid aficionado of Brazilian guitar music, I consider this recording to be of monumental significance. Mr. Paulo Bellinati and GSP, muito obrigado!” — Raul Jose, Arizona Classical Guitar Society

“I reserve the four-star designation for recordings that are magnificent accomplishments as well as for some that are just so enjoyable you want to listen to them all day. The latter is the case with Brazilian classical guitarist Paulo Bellinati.” — Nancy R. Ping-Robbins, The News & Observer, Raleigh, NC. (4 star review)

“…true resurrection. …an essential contribution to the literature of South American guitar.” — Les Cahiers de la Guitare


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