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GERMANY
COUNTERPOINT INSTEAD OF SAMBA (Headline.) The BGQ concert at Kloster Machern offered an extraordinary representation of their country… The quartet performance was far beyond the impressive. Their playing was full of sophisticated nuances, collective precision and well-thought interpretations. This was a magnificent evening that portrayed another Brazil, much beyond hot rhythms and brilliant atmosphere.
TRIERISCHER VOLKSFREUND
 
MAGICAL BRAZILIAN GUITARS (Headline.) Huge precision… the four guitarists coordinated the musical text from one to another and performed with great professionalism and nobility.
OSTSEE-ZEITUNG KULTUR
 
GREAT BRITAIN
The BGQ could not have made a more powerful case for the guitar as an ensemble instrument… stunning playing… [The Villa-Lobos] was brilliantly done… All the little interpretative touches… made something special of [the two Albeniz pieces]; that tiny chord at the end of the first, for instance, perfectly timed and deliciously delivered… [the three pieces Mignone pieces were] full of vigour and breathtaking ensemble work. Three sparkling encores ended a concert that must have left the festival’s director Allan Neave reassured that the considerable outlay in bringing this extraordinary group across the Atlantic was fully justified.
THE COURIER
 
Superb performance… The Brazilian Guitar Quartet has offered a refreshing, highly entertaining and substantial new repertoire for this medium; their playing and interpretation of this wonderful music is of the highest quality. There is not a low point in the entire programme, and the players’ musicianship and enthusiasm for this venture shines through every bar. This is a top class recording of fabulous music from a world-class quartet. Highly recommended.
CLASSICAL GUITAR MAGAZINE, on the CD Essência do Brasil
 
Essência do Brasil, a catchy collection of folk-inspired pieces by classical Brazilian composers that delighted me from start to finish. The playing is remarkably good, and the recorded sound is wonderfully warm.
PUNCH, on the CD Essência do Brasil
 
FRANCE
At last, a 100% Brazilian product emerges from the beaten path!… The quartet gives free rein to its virtuosity [in the Gomes]… the [Villa-Lobos] transcription is ingenious: the voices are distributed within a wide scope that preserves the work’s dynamism and even fire… the ensemble is impressive in the lightness and precision of its tutti, in its attacks and silences… this undertaking is all the more worthy because it will not fail to inspire listeners to quench their curiosity and expand their collection of composers still under-recognized in our latitudes.
LES CAHIERS DE LA GUITARE ET DE LA MUSIQUE, on the CD Essência do Brasil
 
PORTUGAL
A CULTURAL AND BOX-OFFICE SUCCESS (Headline.) Four guitarists of exceptional quality who have joined to create new versions and transcriptions of masterworks from Bach to contemporary Brazilians.
SEMANA TIRSENSE