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Freshness and skill of the arrangements. . . The first two movements [of de Falla’s El amor brujo] bring into full light the particular research on colors that drives the work of the NOVA Guitar Duo, from the softness and delicacy of the “Pantomima” to the harsher sounds of “Danza del Terror”, while revealing a remarkable technical precision that makes every single note perfectly perceptible, thanks to the excellent recording. . . [Mompou’s “Pájaro Triste”] is performed with sensitivity and expressive delicacy. . . [In Villa-Lobos’s Cirandinhas], I dare say that in the warmth of the guitar timbre the score finds a greater airiness, a cooler and more poetic sound environment than in the original controlled piano writing.

Roberto Brusotti, Rivista Musica, July/August 2019

Their exceptional debut album, Sortilegios (the Spanish word for “spells,” as in magic spells) definitely derives special power from the presence of those extra low strings on Luiz’s guitar, though to his credit it is usually a very subtle addition to the overall sound; very piano-like low-end accents in most cases. But in no way does this relegate him to some subordinate “bass” role in the duo. Sometimes it’s Nelly who is handling the lower registers, which Luiz then chirps above, and there are many instances where they’ll trade lines in the same registers, or “answer” each other, or then drop into a lovely unison harmony. The duo has tremendous chemistry and synchronicity. . . Highly recommended!

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Blair Jackson, Classical Guitar, March 2019