technicians and sensitive musicians ... an excellently played CD by two
young and talented artists ..."
"The keystone piece for this recording is the duo’s transcription of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue ... The music heard here excellently preserves not only the notes and harmonies, but also the feel of each section... When recording Piazzolla’s Tango Suite and Rodrigo’s Tonadilla, this duo is clearly up to the task, with sparkling scales and seemingly no technical limitations...The CD concludes with the duo's transcription of J.S. Bach’s Italian Concerto, played with verve and spirit which points to the fact that, like the rest of this recording, we are hearing music of the highest level from two excellent musicians making the most of a lifetime of playing together."
Jim McCutcheon (Soundboard Guitar Magazine)
Italian Concerto, old "cliches" are filled with fresh breath, in
this way impulsively phrasing and flirting with tone ... In any
skepticism regarding style and expression, the guitar is justified ..."
Peter Puffgen (Guitarre & Laute)
"Regarding the duo
form, we have here a reference record ... The luminous and perfect sound
knows how to connect delicacy in expression and precision of character.
The interpreters constantly work on the timbre, the dynamics, the
phrase energy and the incessant articulation. One can appreciate their
remarkable homogeneity in all levels ..."
Nicol (Les Cahiers de la Guitare)
"The players attack
the music with precision and sufficient dramatic flair to convey the
squalling and tempestuous lyricism that Gershwin unravels at every turn ... Christodimou and Petridis hold the music
together with strength and touches of delicacy when required ... Bach's
"Italian Concerto" positively skips with effervescence. All three
movements are arranged with imaginative and intelligent setting of the
Tim Panting (Classical Guitar)
musicians relate in an harmonious way ...Piazzolla's "Tango Suite" and Rodrigo's "Tonadilla" are succesfully interpreted ... Not by
any means are their transcriptions unjust to the prototypes. On the
contrary, they follow, with the appropiate faith and respect as well as
the freedom allowed, the original manuscript. Thus, their transcriptions
are worth praise."
George B. Monemvassitis (Difono)
"Christodimou & Petridis, both awarded with impeccable technique, perform in an ideal way most of the works in the present recording..."
Thomas Tamvakos (Τzaz & Jazz)
excellent guitarists when performing "Rhapsody in Blue" by Gershwin, display a creative spirit."
"When referring to the classical guitar sound lovers, this album is one of the best propositions. The two soloists -despite the young of their age- have already presented and recorded a significant part of their repertoire in Greece and abroad, gaining excellent reviews"
Giota Tsoukala (Musical Metro)
"Pages of music for 12
strings in reference performances. Dynamics formed to the smallest
detail, musicality and accuracy logically combined, clarity of
phrasing, shades of sound, the two performers approaching music in an
identical way, in general, the sence of an effortless and easy outcome.
All transcriptions are considered excellent, carried out by musicians
who not only master the instrument but also deeply comprehend the
pieces in their original form, orchestral or other."
Diamantopoulos (Tzaz & Jazz)
"A welcome and refreshing
addition to the list, for lovers of the kind who seek for new
recordings but also for the summer wayfarer of the unembellished dream."
"Listening to them can be a
complete delight. Light, joy, love, melancholy come out from the
guitar's sound the chords of which vibrate in the two soloists' hands,
at moments with intense rhythmical and dancing mood or with indolence
George Mitrakis (Difono)
with color and sensibility ..."
"Familiar works such as Boccherini's "Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet" or Adagio from Rodrigo's "Concierto Aranjuez", Spanish Dance and Falla's "Serenata Andaluza" ( transriptions) combined with original works by Mario Gangi, Pierre Petit and our own Costas Grigoras. The clever selection of works has resulted in a very interesting and well-played CD for the friends of the classical guitar."
Kostas Tiliakos (Hi Tech)
"Especially in music like this, the two guitarists try to chat, flutter, and excite you ... I noticed something "minor" and "fleeting" details of the interpretations (because I always watch and I love them) that reveal the talent οf the two performers. "