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Guitar Recital - Franco Platino
Laureate Series - cat. #8.554344

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This recording won the "Golden Guitar" as best CD of the year. The award ceremony was held during the "Quinto Convegno Italiano di Chitarra" in
Alessandria, Italy.

Works by:

  • Scarlatti
  • Bach
  • Barrios
  • Mertz
  • Rodrigo
  • Ponce

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"This is one of the finest records of guitar playing I have encountered in many years. It is of star quality in every respect and, given the stylistic range and difficulty of the music, that is an accolade not to be taken lightly."

--Gramophone, UK

"Platino's playing is certainly far from ordinary... He is consistently musical and technically in command regardless of the circumstances."

-- Soundboard, USA

"...a model debut from an outstanding young guitarist who gives every indication of having the capacity to build on his early success."

--Classical Guitar, UK

"Franco Platino expresses his superiority very clearly, by choosing high level masterpieces for his first CD, the kind of pieces that present the ultimate limit to the repertoire of most guitarists."

--Gitarre & Laute, Germany

"[Franco Platino] reveals himself to be of an astonishing maturity; confidence and sensitivity come together here in a presence that communicates energy and emotion - what else could we ask for?"

--Les Cachiers de la Guitare, France

"The Scarlatti's stylistic flow, the elegance and fluency of the Bach, and the expressiveness of the Mertz and Barrios are excellent."

--Gendai Guitar, Japan

"Performances absolutely on focus, unquestionably professional in the impeccable cascades of notes discharged with complete ease and clarity. As a matter of fact, the first and most striking merit of this guitarist is the dominion of the instrument, his technical mastery."

--Seicorde, Italy

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"A brilliant debut recording on the
Naxos Laureate Series by Italian guitarist Franco Platino... Platino has a beautiful sound and plays with crisp articulation and sensitive phrasing. An extremely expressive player, his virtuosity is apparent but never pushed.

--American Record Guide

"The CD of the young Sardinian guitarist is in fact a pleasure both for the ears and heart thanks to the delightful program and the magisterial interpretations he proposes. ...we would like to formulate our wishes for a brilliant concert and recording career to the young Italian artist."

--Il Fronimo, Italy

"...Platino demonstrates the cultivated and musical expression he is capable of. He even masters rapid changes in tempo, complicated runs, and rasgueados with profound expression and sovereignty. Technical difficulties seem to be nonexistent for him... His interpretation will suck you in..."

--Klassik Heute, Germany

"The superb new recording by Franco Platino is full of life. His Scarlatti is bright and sparkling, his Bach shows his depth and understanding of the music, and his Rodrigo brings out his virtuosity. Franco is a brilliant young player who has reached maturity early in his life. He is an exciting new star in the guitar world."

--David Russell

"This CD, prize of the 1997 GFA competition, is a recital which ranges from Baroque to Twentieth Century illustrating the excellent capabilities of this young performer."

--Guitart, Italy