“Yes, this is a classic ‘calling card’ recording mostly comprising safe, familiar repertoire (the Castelnuovo-Tedesco will perhaps be less familiar to casual listeners). But that’s the idea: how better to measure Blanch’s unique gifts than by comparing them with other guitarists playing the same works?
Impeccably produced by Timothy Kain, this disc secures this young musician’s place amongst a glittering Australian classical guitar constellation.”
Review in full: Spanish Guitar Music (Andrew Blanch)
9/10 Artistic quality
9/10 Sound quality.
“Andrew Blanch is the real deal: a classical guitarist with the technique and musicality to put a personal stamp on some popular Spanish pieces, while assembling a program containing less conventional items as well. The result is extremely enjoyable from start to finish, smartly assembled for continuous listening, and above all honest.”
Review in full: Andrew Blanch: Spanish Classical Guitar with no BS
“Blanch’s wide dynamic range and tonal ranges bespeak a deep understanding of the music… This is one of the best debut albums I have ever heard.”
Review in full: Spanish Guitar Music
“In all, this disc bears strong witness to the guitarist’s interpretative skill as he turns from cornerstones of the instrument’s repertoire, through exacting arrangements, to virtuosic show-pieces. It’s an auspicious and welcome start to his recording career.”
Review in Full: Old favourite in safe hand
“This first outing on CD for Andrew is a cracking one – a very high quality recording both in terms of playing and the production values throughout the entire recording. . .beautifully rich imaginings of some well-known (and slightly lesser known) Spanish pieces presented wonderfully.”
Review in full: Album Review: Andrew Blanch – Spanish Guitar Music