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Revista Musical Catalana

  • Josep Barcons

…una versió major, profundament dramàtica, amb un so pulcre i amb un domini absolut del lirisme.

…a major version, deeply dramatic, with a polished sound and with absolute mastery of lyricism.

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The Whole Note

  • The Whole Note

José Menor is an extraordinary pianist with a fearsome technique and unrivalled fluidity of touch.

 

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Gramophone

  • Jed Distler

[Menor] revels in the music’s joyous exuberance and penetrates its dark intropsection, embracing the dynamic extremes and contouring the labyrinthine textures to gorgeously three-dimensional effect. Enthusiastically recommended.

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Melomano

  • Pedro Tellez

Five stars (*****)

‘Un enfoque efresco y imprescendible’ /A fresh and essential interpretation

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The Arts Desk

  • Graham Rickson

“The playing is phenomenal”

“[…] Menor plays with an expressive flexibility and impetuosity that’s hard to resist. […]

”Coloquio en la reja” actually sounds like a conversation, and the dance rhythms of “El fandango del candil” are electrifying. The final “Serenata del espectro” packs an incredible emotional punch, the throwaway ending perfectly judged.”

“This work is so much more than a virtuoso showpiece, and Menor reveals what’s behind the notes. As modern recordings of Goyescas go, this is exceptional.”

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BBC Radio 3 – In Tune

  • Katie Derham

“Fabulous playing!”

Jose Menor performs selections from Goyescas live in the BBC Radio 3 studio.

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Diario de Sevilla

  • Andrés Moreno Mengíbar

The special skill of this pianist, to extract colours from the keyboard, was shown in Ligeti’s Etude No. 9 and in the work of Menor himself, a piece of jazzy ‘aromas’, of great technical difficulty and dynamic contrasts with a strong sound impact.

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Opera World

  • Germán García Tomás

“José Menor: unas Goyescas de ensueño”

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RTVE

  • Cayetana Guillén Cuervo

Mikaela Vergara presents Goyescas by Jose Menor in the national Spanish television show, “Atención obras”.

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