Selected works of Santiago de Murcia, lead-figure of Guitar music in the eighteen Century at the Spanish court. Many of Murcia’s works have been rediscovered in South America and can now be found in Chilean and Mexican libraries. Chilean-born baroque guitarist Cristian Gutiérrez, currently living in the Hague/NL, is a musician with an impressive résumé. Being in his 30s, he has already recorded over fifteen albums and he performs regularly with famous Early Music ensembles all over the world. Gutiérrez’ interpretation puts a distinctive, energetic and luminous mark to Murcia’s works which are brought to life in this recording.
"... Guitierrez’s performances are excellent, energetic and inventive. And his program tends to longer works, continuous variations like passacaglias that allow for some architecture to develop. Notes, by Alejandro Vera of the Murcia Institute, give an excellent overview of the composer’s life and works. If you’re looking for this music, you won’t go wrong with Gutierrez..."
Kenneth Keaton - American Record Guide - March/April 2014
"This is a selection of pieces from the recently discovered manuscript ’Cifras selectas de guitarra’ 91722). .. all the music here is played solo, as it as intended to be. Gutiérrez adheres closely to Murcia’s tablature, although he incorporates into the pieces the matching strummed versions of the dances from the later manuscript known as the ’Codice Saldivar’, and a few flamenco-like touches here and there. His unfussy approach to the msic highlights the originality of Murcia’s music and brings out its more introspective qualities. A pleasure to listen to." *****
Monica Hall - Early Music Today magazine - March-May 2014