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Graham Anthony Devine
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Aptly dedicated to Julian Bream, this new collection promises a bargain feast for lovers of 20th-century guitar music. Although Bream's spirit is palpable, Graham Anthony Devine is very much his own man, infusing his playing with a freedom and rhythmic vitality born of years teaching and playing throughout South Africa. This kind of playing, allied with a beautiful tone and a searching musical intelligence, sets up a nice frisson which perfectly complements the Spanish flavour with which Lennox Berkeley's surfeit of English restraint is riddled. Granados, Falla and even Ravel nod and wink at each other through the corridors of tremolos, strummed chords and Phrygian scales. Richard Rodney Bennett's Five Impromptus end the disc, his 12-tone procedures and Webernian compression tempered by an expansive romanticism which is beautifully captured by Devine. Wonderful stuff.
William Yeoman, Gramophone, 3/1/2005

There's a strong repertoire of British guitar music from the second half of the 20th century, created largely by Julian Bream. Among much else he brought into being Lennox Berkeley's fluent Sonatina... Devine, British-born but trained largely in Brazil, makes a very beautiful sound, especially at the quieter end of the spectrum.
Anthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine, 6/1/2005

The Berkeley works are very well played ... the recording itself is one of the best I have heard for this instrument, with commendably very few finger noises, will placed in a natural acoustic.
Robert Matthew-Walker, International Record Review, 6/1/2005

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