The straightforward, honest and electric performances give voice to the music with a feeling of being born on the spot. Recorded in Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, the sound throughout has fire and soul.
Berta Rojas is one of the most active and original guitarists of the international musical scene. The Latin-American matrix of her discography reaches its ultimate consecration with this album. We are before a truly beautiful work which renders homage to the boundless Brazilian musical legacy.
All in all, it's a lively, creative, and altogether brilliant excursion into the world of tangos, milongas, and Argentinian popular music. Just as Rojas turned out to be a definitive interpreter on Barrios (Intimate Barrios), she can now add Piazzolla and tango repertoire to her impressive list of conquests.
irresistible disc featuring guitarist Berta Rojas and Camerata Bariloche...
Historia del Tango succeeds on multiple levels and, as such, can satisfy listeners who explore its riches in a variety of ways. It is easy on the ears-the tango being at once light and playful while retaining the irresistible rhythmic pulse that once made it the envy of the dancehalls. Though the compositions are familiar within the tango tradition, the novel pairing of guitar with chamber group reveals new facets of each song that should satisfy novice and connoisseur alike.
Perhaps the wait has been worth it, because these performances by the absolutely lovely Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas and Camerata Bariloche have the heat to make your blood run faster.
Berta is phenomenal in her execution. If one were to ever need reminding of why Berta Rojas is a guitarist without peer, this track (Nightclub 1960) alone is sufficient to remind.
[ Review available only in Spanish ] Una obra de antología. Doce clásicos del cancionero popular rioplatense, mano a mano entre Berta Rojas y la Camerata Bariloche.
All is performed to perfection by an artist who seemingly takes everything in her stride… One runs out of superlatives when writing about Berta Rojas, it has all been said before, countless times
In the hands of Berta Rojas, the classical guitar truly becomes the world's instrument---a means of bridging wide cultural divides via the uncommon clarity and inherent loveliness of her music
Berta Rojas is a musician of fascinating intellect and a great depth that reaches down to her very soul
Rojas plays poetically without ever slipping into nostalgia or cliché. Her technique and phrasing display years of training and a burning love for South American folk music. An album that instantly becomes a best friend.
From the first track with instruments from a landfill to a final track of celebration, "Salsa Roja" is a portrayal of life and love. Above poverty, above loneliness, above sadness, love and music and the love of music carries on in a dance without end.
In "Salsa Roja", Rojas immortalizes the joyful, nostalgic and pure soul offered by the album's fusion of Latin American influences.
Día y Medio (A Day and a Half) is the staggering new collaborative album by Berta Rojas and Paquito D’Rivera. In a word, Paraguay has much to celebrate and the world should be celebrating with them, especially in the new-found exposure to the amazing music of this amazing country.
Classical guitarist Berta Rojas is more than just another renowned concert artist; she is the international cultural ambassador of her homeland, Paraguay. As such, she"s long been on a one woman crusade to make better known the under appreciated classical music of this small South American nation
The qualities of Barrios are aurally conveyed to us through the music by Rojas: love of beauty, goodness, spirituality and love itself. There is great tenderness in some of the interpretations but Rojas is capable of chameleon-like swings in mood as required in La Catedral, and the transition from Choro da Saudade to Las Abejas.
Rojas is an artist unrestrained by technique and able to relate to the guitar within a realm of deep expression. A naturalness of phrasing, with constant variety in rubato, dynamics, and articulation, maintains a freshness of delivery without losing any sense of coherence.
Having previously reviewed two CDs… of the exceptional Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas, I am finally almost out of superlatives. Everything she performs is presented with impeccable taste: every phrase and nuance has seemingly been well thought about before committing to disc or the concert platform.
To play the guitar like this you must deeply love the instrument and have strong empathy for the chosen programme; not just because it is topical, fashionable or "commercially correct" but because it permeates the soul and quickens the heartbeat.
Terruño, the latest recording by Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas is fresh, exciting, and truly an amazing recording. The music on Terruño proves to be some of the most expressive and idiomatic guitar music in the repertoire and creates invocative dream-like soundscapes which are enhanced by Rojas"s delicate, dynamic, and passionate performances.
This is a fascinating disc, impeccably and inventively performed and one which all lovers of guitar music should own.
Only once in a great while does a classical guitar CD come along which is so impeccable in every aspect of professionalism -heart- touching musical artistry, interesting repertoire, and excellent technical production. Paraguayan Guitarist Berta Rojas' "Cielo Abierto" is one of these.
This excellent Paraguayan guitarist kicks off her realistically engineered recital with tangy waltzes by Venezuelan Antonio Lauro (1917-86). Delights follow thick and fast, including an exquisite Villa-Lobos Choro Tipico No 1 and a characterful quartet of pieces by Agustín Barrios (1885-1944) as well as two Piazzolla tangos (arranged by Baltazar Benitez). On this showing, Berta Rojas is a class act.
A tasteful round of pieces by major Latin American composers! Rojas, shows her fine tone and good sense of phrasing in the first three pieces by the Venezuelan composer Antonio Lauro. A new addition to the repertory is an arrangement of Jobim's Luiza by the Brazilian guitarist and composer Daniel Wolff. Rojas demonstrates her cantabile style in this love song. Her clean playing in the demanding Las Abejas, coupled with three other seldom heard pieces by the Paraguayan Agustín Barrios again add to this fresh collection.
Berta Rojas' collection of Latin American guitar music is worth seeking out. The works are strong, warm, and personal-traits they share with her playing. Her bold touch coaxes a lovely, plummy tone from her instrument... 'Flight of the lovers through the valley of echoes' is particularly vivid and makes about as much use of the dynamic range available to the guitarist as any piece I've ever heard.
This CD is delightful and surprises us with the performer's artistic profundity, perfect technique, and intelligent selection of pieces...the offered selection highlights characteristic moments of the Latin American nationalism, rescuing folk rhythms with a charm melodic vein that matches perfectly with the exceptional phrasing ability of this concert artist.
The average guitar DVD is pretty static. The player sits in front of the camera. Neither of them moving very much. The occasional close-up interests those who want to study hand and finger movements, but the general public is likely to turn away from it in total boredom. This DVD is not like that. For a star, the star is the Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas, who adorns a landscape of scenic beauty, with Paraguayan forest, mountains and waterfalls, without seeming out of place. It is visually captivating, and the camera moves a lot. There is a fair amount of imagination at work too.