PEPE ROMERO Spanish Nights 4790073

. . . [a] legendary classical guitarist . . . while Pepe Romero is only in his late sixties, this is 'late style' playing, the tempi uniformly slower than one would normally hear, the tendency to focus on sheer beauty of tone more pronounced. Think Segovia in his eighties but without the rhythmic distortions. Not that there isn't fire: Romero is also a fine flamenco guitarist and there's plenty of passion in Turina's flamenco-inspired "Sevillana". While Torroba's Sonatina and Nocturno also receive fine, highly nuanced performances, it's the powerful duende of the Passacaglia from Rodrigo's "Tres Piezas espanolas" that makes this recording a real event.

. . . die "Spanischen Nächte" laden zum Träumen ein. Und es ist bezaubernd, Pepe Romeros flinken Fingern zu lauschen, besonders wenn er Torrobas "Notturno" spielt . . .