Reviews on Record
What they're saying...On Record
"The pieces have been skillfully transcribed and they sound amazingly appropriate on the guitar."
John W. Tanno, Soundboard
"The flow, the dynamics, the contrasting tempos and voices are all here...This is a wondrous recording. The musician plays with authority and dash, assuring that he is in the ranks of the world's finest artists. De Chiaro has a style which makes this recording clearly his own, but he is true to the spirit of the rag." Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi
Classicist De Chiaro treats Joplin as seriously as Scarlatti or Bach, stressing interpretation, technical excellence, and respect for the original scores...De Chiaro renders the uncompromising arrangements with exceptional expression." Guitar Player Magazine
"Let me introduce you to some splendid Joplin playing on guitar by Giovanni De Chiaro, whose understanding of the ragtime master seems impeccable...Good work here." Guitar Review Magazine
"If you're a guitar music or Scott Joplin collector, you'll want this CD...As guitar music it has haunting beauty; I think you'll like it." CD Review Magazine
"It sounds as if he has lots of jazz-blues experience, for the earthy, down-home feel for true Joplin style dominates these performances. Now playful, now graceful, flexible in rubato and with a keen sense of unwritten subordinate accents, I don't see how De Chiaro could be other than an experienced performer. Technically polished - not one fumbled note (rare for a guitarist) - these performances capture the flavor of Scott Joplin about perfectly." Fanfare Magazine
"The guitarist's transcriptions are well-crafted and demonstrate instrumental prowess..."
Guitar Player Magazine
"Taste, stylishness, technical finesse." The New York Times