CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR JOSE LEZCANO
“Jose Lezcano ... is a superb guitarist as well as a first-rate composer and arranger. His ability to play in different ensembles is very impressive . . . I have never said this before in any of my reviews: there is NOTHING I don’t like about this CD. The performances, the compositions, the arrangements, the ensemble – everything works so well.” Review of CD “Passports” by New Millenium Guitar, 2000
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“Cuban-born Lezcano is a master of the guitar . . . I can highly recommend this recording, for the rarely heard and newly composed selections, the excellence of the playing ..” –Keene Sentinel, Keene, NH
“Un guitarrista magnifico,” –Leo Brouwer
"The concerto . . . received a performance with just the right feeling of style and weight . . . effortless technique and rich characterization--a pleasure for the ear in all manners." --THE STATE, S.C.
“The arrival in Manabi of the Cuban-American maestro Jose Lezcano to perform in the Second International Festival of Flutists was providential for the Conservatory of Music of the University Eloy Alfaro, which permitted the guitar students to deepen their knowledge of this instrument….the invited maestro, with great style and extraordinary dexterity performed scores by diverse composers.”
--EL PORTEŃO, Manta, Ecuador
"A guitarist of the utmost fluency, able to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the most celebrated." --THE WATERLOO COURIER (IOWA)
About Lezcano’s Sonatina Tropical: “This energetic work for flute and guitar incorporates many Latin rhythms and styles into the traditional sonatina form. In each of the three contrasting movements, the composer weaves the two parts together beautifully while interspersing solo passages and soaring melodies to create a balanced and flowing work.” --FLUTE TALK, Spring 2001.
“He is a world-class composer and performer, and a marvelous credit to Keene State College and to the greater New England musical and academic community.”
---Eric Stumacher, Pianist/Director, Apple Hill Chamber Players/Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music
"An excellent job with everything . . . exhibited terrific sensitivity and awareness in terms of the repertoire [he] selected for the various programs."
--J. Michelle Edwards, Conductor of Harmonia Mundi, St. Paul, Minn.
"The Sonatina by Castelnuovo-Tedesco was performed with good taste and beauty." --EL COMERCIO, LIMA, PERU
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