Writing has been my hobby for many years. Consequently, I write Fantasy novels, I produce “anniversary stories” on a regular basis and I add score descriptions, guitar festival reports, Guitarities and other impressions to the DOS Amigos Homepage.
Part of the guitar festival records is a description of the competitions, both preliminaries and finals. An activity that comes very near to reviews, because I always give my opinion about the pieces and their performance. That’s why I thought “Would CD reviews be a valuable addition to the DOS Amigos Homepage?” At least it would be a nice fitness training for a writer annex guitarist.
A Review. What’s that? The Merriam Webster dictionary describes it as “a critical evaluation (as of a book or play)”.
That sounds heavy indeed! Often it is, because many people consider a review incomplete without critique in the negative sense. When you review a CD, this partly is too late, because the musician has delivered his or her effort and all is recorded in digital data. It is quite impossible to correct a CD right away! The only option you have is re-release, like John Williams excellently did with Augustin Barrios’ music. I must notice, however, that there is half a life of time and musical experience between the original and the retry!
I do not want to write acid critical reviews. For instance, with the competition reviews I refrain from negativism and nitpicking. Yet I do give a personal opinion, I will not leave that. So, in the CD review case I am more inclined to write a story. About how I came across the CD, what the recording meant for me and how the music affected me.
“Sheer arrogance!” might be your comment by now. OK, I did not study musicology, let alone journalism. I did not study music on a professional level. The only things I have got are my love for the guitar –I play this instrument myself on a moderate level, the DOS Amigos Homepage bears witness to that-, my ears and my heart. Those are the things I work with.
My plan is to write reviews of the CDs of my own collection on this site. That will be a long term project indeed, because I have a nice collection of guitar music.
A CD Review will have a few standard components. Of course, I will mention the CD title, the musician(s) and some technical data that come from the sleeve text right away. I plan to make a little scan of the cover, so you can recognize the CD on Internet or in the shop. The last component will be my story about the recording. Initially I wanted to give a track listing too, but I dropped that plan, it takes a lot of screen space and Internet provides ample opportunity to find data yourself.
On this page, you will find a growing menu with my CD reviews. Click the link and you will be there.
Table of Contents
Click the links to read the review.
- Alberto Mesirca: Chanterelle Guitar Anthology
- Alma de Uma Terra
- Annette Kruisbrink: Raga Style
- Eric Lammers plays Annette Kruisbrink
- Ernest Shand: Guitar Music
- Flor de Amor: La Parada
- Guitar music by women Composers
- Haitian Suite
- Jewish Music
- Lute Music from the Netherlands
- Maestro series: Jacob Bangso
- Maestro series: Justyna Sobczak
- Maestro series: Pavel Kuhkta
- Regino and Eduardo Sainz de la Maza
- Reis Guitar Music
- Salon music by women Composers
- Ta’mig Med, songs of Kim Larsen
- The Debut
- The Four Lute Suites
- The Guitar in Spain
- The Woods so Wild
- Vienna Guitar Recital