A Healing FireDelos
As the innovative, world-renowned guitarist Smaro Gregoriadou says in her notes for this stunning new recording, her fourth for Delos, its music offers "encouragement and hope," and illuminates with "a different kind of light, a different sort of fire."
The program begins with her beautiful transcription of Bach's beloved Solo Violin Sonata #2 and offers Britten's fascinating Nocturnal, along with works by Gubaidulina and Hétu. As Raymond Tuttle put it, in a Fanfare review of one of Smaro's earlier Delos releases, "Gregoriadou evokes musicians such as Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, and Wanda Landowska in her willingness to find a new way to express herself and to reanimate the music."
On Smaro Gregoriadou's 'A Healing Fire' we hear a rich, clear sound and an interpretation that reaches perfection / H enoxn
H enoxn's Liana Malandrenioti writes......The presence of Smaro Grigoriadou in contemporary Greek music is very valuable , as a soloist, as a composer, as a researcher and mainly as a performer with her decisive contribution to the support and promotion of Aesthetics Kertsopoulos. The discography of Kertsopoulos is based on the system and method of Aesthetics, but also on the musical realization of t...
Smaro Grigoriadou is a special case who explores the sound and technical possibilities of her instrument / Critics' Point
Critics' Point writes.....The distinguished guitarist Smaro Grigoriadou is a special case among her colleagues, as through an endless filial mood, which over the years not only does not decrease, but intensifies, she explores the sound and technical possibilities of her instrument. Her constant companion is her teacher, George Kertsopoulos (b. 1952). The Kertsopoulos , student of the unforgettable gu...
Smaro Gregoriadou - A Healing Fire is brilliant and intense / Planet Hugill
Robert Hugill writes......"Her account of the [J.S. Bach Sonata‘s] opening ‘Grave' is strong and firm, whilst the ‘Fuga' is crisp, firm and quite steady with Gregoriadou making explicit what often has to be left implicit in Bach's original. The ‘Andante' is firmly rhythmic with a strong emphasis on the repeated accompanying notes. The concluding ‘Allegro' is brilliant and id...
Fanfare gives Smaro Gregoriadou - A Healing Fire 5 out of 5 stars....says; 'A lovely, very musical and varied guitar recital'
FanFare's Henry Fogel writes.....Gregoriadou is a Greek guitarist who draws a remarkably wide range of color from her guitar. The calm beauty of the third movement of the Bach violin sonata, simply marked Andante, is followed by a brilliantly executed final Allegro that manages to wed crisp articulation with lyrical flow. Britten's Nocturnal after John Dowland, written for Julian Bream, is given ...
Smaro Gregoriadou - A Healing Fire is unmatched in it's overall quality / Thomas Tamvakos
Thomas Tamvakos, music writer, critic, researcher, founder & director of "Greek Composers' Archive" reviews; Smaro Gregoriadou - A Healing Fire (DELOS - DE 3582). The year of the pandemic, with dozens of victims and a consequent partial or general confinement, is fading away with at least some good news in the field of classical music, and a rich discography of exceptional recordings. A Healing F...
Smaro Gregoriadou, an excellent interpreter guitar has an excellent new album; 'A Healing Fire' / Neuguitars
"The earliest experience of art must have been that it was incantatory, magical; art was and instrument of ritual.The earliets theory of art, that of the Greek philosophers, proposed that art was mimesis, imitation of reality." I met Smaro Gregoriadou's music a few years ago, in December 2016. I was struck by a couple of her records "Reinventing Guitar II" (2012) and "El Aleph" (2016), in both there ...
On Smaro Gregoriadou's 'A Healing Fire,' rigorous challenges, but a satisfying adventure / Performing Arts Monterey Bay Weekly
DECADES AGO at a Carmel Bach Festival solo violin recital the young man sitting next to me struck up a conversation. When he told me he had come from Fresno I asked him if it was to escape the summer heat there. "No," he said, "I wanted to hear how a fugue can be played on a solo violin." Good answer, I thought. The fugue in question is the second movement from JS Bach's Sonata in A minor, the very w...
Smaro Gregoriadou's 'A Healing Fire' is an enjoyable anthology, beautifully played and handsomely recorded / theartsdesk
One interesting aspect of Greek guitarist Smaro Greoriadou's playing is her willingness to experiment technically, the tunings and instruments chosen to suit the musical requirements of each work. So, her transcription of Bach's Violin Sonata No. 2 follows the composer's own keyboard version in switching from A minor to D minor, Gregoriadou using a guitar tuned a major third higher than usual. Her choice...
Smaro Gregoriadou's constant experimentation is evident on 'A Healing Fire' / pizzicato
The Greek guitarist Smaro Gregoriadou is known for her constant experimentation with the guitar sound. On this CD, you can experience this once again. The programme begins with the Violin Sonata No. 2 BWV 1003, for which the instrument has been tuned five semitones higher than the standard guitar tuning in order to better match the frequency range of the original violin. In Bach's multi-layered work this...