Domenico Gabrielli & Alessandro Scarlatti: Complete Cello Works
Guadalupe López Íñiguez & Continuo Group
Alba Records ABCD412 (Released Sept. 2017)
CD DEBUT REVIEWS
- Limelight Magazine – Classical music magazine, Australia (23.4.2018), CD review by Will Yeoman gives 4,5 stars ☆☆☆☆½☆: “What an exquisite release this is. By turns meditative, inquiring, playful and restless. But always provocative. And with an element of sensuous fantasy […] Flexibility of tempo, of phrasing, of articulation, of thought all goes to honour the tacit demands of composer, performer and listener.“
- HRAudio.Net – Independent website (11.12.2017), CD review by John Miller gives 5 stars ☆☆☆☆☆: “Upon playback, one is immediately aware of the energy, playing technicality and strength of emotional efforts by Guadalupe in each piece, and the superb improvisations of her basso continuo which provides a colourful river of sound.“
- Fanfare – Independent classical music review magazine, USA (30.7.2018), CD review by Raymond Tuttle: “Guadalupe López Íñiguez’s [plays with] beautiful legato and keenly shaped phrases […] I enjoy López Íñiguez’s willingness to make the music sing […] This really is Italian music, and she plays it with Italianate warmth. The cellist’s colleagues are an accomplished group. In Gabrielli’s Canon for Two Cellos, I can’t tell the two cellists apart. I have a weakness for Baroque cello recordings, particularly those featuring Italian repertoire, so this CD was just what the doctor ordered. Alba, true to form, has done a lovely job engineering these intimate performances. Even as a conventional CD, the sound is impressive.“
- The Whole Note – Classical music magazine, Canada (30.5.2018), CD review by Terry Robbins: “Excellent Alba Super Audio CD. Excellent blooklet notes.“
- Classical CD Review – Independent website, (15.5.2018), CD review by Robert Benson: “For cello buffs, this is a treasure. Audio is excellent.“
- Scherzo – Classical music magazine, Spain (1.3.2018), CD review by Mariano Acero Ruilópez: “[…] What stands out above everything is the cellist’s outstanding technical strength, her virtuosity and purity when tackling, for example, the flourishes of the ricercari by Gabrielli. But also the roundness of the sound she draws out from the instrument and her expressiveness, which reaches its highest possible level in the slow movements by Scarlatti. […] (A recording) of high quality that is most beautiful. We give a very warm welcome to a performer who will certainly give us many joys in the future.“
- American Record Guide – Independent classical music review magazine, USA (1.3.2018), CD review by David Moore: “Íñiguez (plays) with vibrato and a rich tone that gives the ricercars an atmosphere of cadenzas […] (She has a) determination to find out what is at the bottom of Gabrielli’s ricercars rather than playing them for clarity or virtuosity. Her technique is excellent […] this is a fine program of some of our earliest cello music, recorded with warm sound.“
- Demokraatti – Daily Newspaper, Finland (8.2.2018), CD review by Matti Saurama: “López-Íñiguez plays with very precise articulation and caresses the listener’s ears with her sound.“
- Melómano – Classical music magazine, Spain (30.1.2018), CD review by Enrique Pastor Morales: “[…] Of special interest are the 7 Ricercari, with such a complexity […] and improvised character that is here reflected with great mastery. Stands out the Canon for two celli in D major, a brief piece of great exquisiteness. Guadalupe achieves a Mediterranean flavour […] and scapes from the pre-established label of “artistic accuracy”. Thus, this recording transcends the rules of historical informed performance and reveals a work of a profound sensitivity and artistic personality.“
- Musicalifeiten – Classical music website, The Netherlands (15.1.20218), CD review by Jan De Kruijff: “She is a real baroque specialist; she deepened herself in the genesis of the works. She also possesses a beautiful and warm sounding instrument with a sonorous low register. The specialist is able to make beautiful sounds and she knows how to make the difference between the concise Gabrielli and the more expanding Scarlatti, where she uses the tuning in the common habits […] she creates new, unknown pearls from Italian baroque.“
- Rondo Classic – Music magazine, Finland (30.12.2017), CD review by Justus Pitkänen: “One finds a wide variety of moods between the delicate ensemble rattling in the fast-moving parts of the sonatas and the depth-seeking, soul-loving instrumentalism in Gabrielli’s solo ricercari […] López Íñiguez plays with calm and lustrous timbre, often using legato articulation, and enjoys making music with her companions.“
- YLE – Finnish Broadcasting Company (27.10.2017), CD review by Ville Komppa: “López-Íñiguez blows with her continuo group a sensual, nuanced, and especially beautiful spirit to the works of Gabrielli and Scarlatti.“
- COPE, La Linterna – Radio Station, Spain (25.5.2018), CD presentation by Carlos de Matesanz: http://www.cope.es/audios/tiempo-musical/tiempo-musical-linterna-viernes-mayo-2018_502868 (Podcast in Spanish from 05:50 to 08:10)
- Radio Clásica, Vistas al Mar – Radio Station, Spain (11.7.2018), CD presentation by Clara Sánchez: http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/audios/vistas-al-mar/vistas-mar-segunda-parte-11-07-18/4661020/ (Podcast in Spanish from 01:02:21 to 01:13:54)
- Codalario – Classical music magazine, Spain (26.10.2017), CD press release: https://www.codalario.com/guadalupe-lopez-iniguez/noticias/la-chelista-espanola-guadalupe-lopez-iniguez-saca-al-mercado-su-primer-trabajo-discografico_6138_3_18354_0_1_in.html
I also appear on following recordings:
SCHUMANN, Robert (1810-1856): Adventlied, Op. 71 (World première recording); Ballade vom Pagen und der Königstochter, Op. 140 / BACH, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750): Cantata 105, version by Robert Schumann. Ondine ODE 1312-2. Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, A. Häkkinen (cond.), C. Sampson (soprano), B. Schachtner (counter-tenor), W. Güra (tenor), C. Urhe (bass), J. Sells (bass). Released 2018.
PALAU, Manuel (1893-1967): Concerto Dramático (for piano and orchestra); Concerto Levantino (for guitar and orchestra). Institut Valencià de la Música, D.L. V-916-2012. Youth Orchestra of the Community of Valencia (Spain); Rafael Serrallet (guitar); Bartomeu Jaume (piano); Manuel Galduf (cond.) Released 2012.
GÁLVEZ-TARONCHER, Miguel (1974-): Concerto for violin Llama de amor viva; Concerto for Orchestra; Concerto for bass clarinet. Institut Valencià de la Música, D.L. V-4725-2009. Youth Orchestra of the Community of Valencia (Spain); Irvine Arditti (violin); Manuel Galduf (cond.); Ensemble espai sonor; Carlos Gálvez Taroncher (bass clarinet); Voro García (cond.) Released 2009.
SERRANO ALARCÓN, Luis (1972-): Concertango; Memorias de un Hombre de Ciudad; De Tiempo y Quimera. Piles Records, D.L. V-1368-2006. Symphonic Wind Band of Utiel (Spain). Frank de Vuyst (cond.) Released 2006.