Her playing is consistently beautiful, sensitive and expressive, with a flawless technical command.
These performances are anything but boring. Both artists find more sparkle and subtlety in these songs than I had suspected.Spanish Mezzo Nerea Berraondo is well established in opera, mostly in Europe, and has also worked in early music. Her diction is superb, her balance with guitar is perfect, her tone is warm and dependably beautiful. German guitarist Eva Beneke earned her doctorate from USC under Scott Tennant and Pepe Romero. Her playing is also consistently beautiful, sensitive and expressive, with a flawless technical command.
This is one of those delightful surprises where I had no set idea what to expect (...) I had grabbed onto some of the finest music and performances...! Like meeting someone who ends up being a good friend in a seemingly unlikely place.
There are not many CDs which come my way for review where, once the review has been written, the disc gets played again, it just gets put in the record collection with hundreds of others. I think “Coming Home” will be different ... it earns a place on my ‘special’ shelf which contains all the recordings which stand out from the rest and get played time and time again.
In Dulci Jubilo: A Classical Guitar Christmas by German guitarist Eva Beneke helped out by Scott Tennant on several pieces...all presented in glistening, pristine arrangements. It’s an exquisite disc from beginning to end; it’s instantly vaulted to a new favorite in my Christmas collection!