— Leo Brouwer
“Cuban-born Lezcano is a master of the guitar”
— Keene Sentinel, Keene, NH
CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR JOSE LEZCANO
“Things get off to a good start with strong rhythmic attention to Lauro’s Natalia with its engaging3/4:6/8 patterns….the cross-string trills in the Scarlatti sonatas, often excluded from these pieces in favor of single-string ornamentation, are an artistic inclusion…this is an enjoyable recording with an interesting,entertaining and well-played programme.” Music Web International, Review of Jose Lezcano’s “Latin Images.”
“His playing is as crisp and clean here as ever. He is a superb guitarist, with a very warm feeling for the guitar (not as common as we might hope for among the current crop of performing classical guitarists (don’t get me started).” Review of “Remembrances/Recuerdos,” North-South Consonance CD with Jose’s Guitar Concerto (Nominated for two Grammys).
“Before I proceed with any details, let me just say that this is one of the most beautiful guitar recordings I have ever heard. Everything about it works. The players are superb and joyous. The music is well chosen. Each composer is represented here, perhaps, at his best.” –Review of “Latin Landscapes,” Ensemble CD with Rochester Folk Art Guild, by John Bent, writing for New Millenium Guitar. CD is available at http://www.rfag.org and http://www.joselezcano.com
“The CD has many works with strong rhythmical patterns like Lezcano’s composition “Antonia Zarate”which has a fantastic emotional layer. His interpretations of Barrios” work “La Cathedral”are superb. Two cuts by Merlin, “Evocation” and “Zamba” are impressive. Torroba’s “Torija” has a soulful ambiance. The last piece on the CD by Lecuona ,”La Comparsa” is outstanding. Jose Manuel Lezcano succeeded with his CD “Latin Images”to deliver a very varied CD with strong compositions in top-notch guitar interpretations. –Henk te Veldhuis, Bridge Guitar Reviews, © 2008
“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
“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 PORTEÑO, 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/Founder, Apple Hill Chamber Players/Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music/Director, SONAD project