SOUNDBOARD MAGAZINE, N°42, March 2016 :
The works of this Belgian composer bring the lute very pleasantly into the twenty-first century. Cool stuff and well recorded… Read the whole review
Jacob Heringman, lutenist, UK
‘The music is lively and interesting and the playing is very spirited’
LSA QUARTERLY -Spring and Summer- 2015, The Lute Mag of the Lute Society Of America :Article by Susan King, on Gilbert Isbin and 2 featured compositions
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TABULATUUR, N°111, May 2016 : Highly recommended. Read the whole review
The LUTE NEWS 115, October 2005 ,UK Lute Society, Stuart Walsh : The 23 compoositions are played with impressive virtuosity and commitment by Stathis Skandalidis. .. Isbin’s individual style is mainfest everywhere. Read the whole review
Peter Croton, lutenist, guitarist, lute teacher at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Switzerland
‘I find the CD very interesting to listen to and it’s great to have this new music for the lute!’
Susan King, lutenist, New Zealand
I enjoyed listening to it very much. I also gave it to a couple of my students to listen to and they all enjoyed the music.
Le Joueur Du Luth, Autumn 2015, The mag of La Société Française Du Luth
Un disque très intéressant pour les curieux et les amateurs de luth contemporain. Read the whole review
Opus KLassiek, March 2016 (Aart Van der Wal) : Pleasant music with clearly recognizable melodies, harmonies and rhythms. On this wonderful recording Stathis Skandalidis plays these compositions with great finesse Read the whole review
Lauten-Info, 1/2016, Joachim Lüdtke : Overall, this is a very successful, harmonical recording that I can recommand to each who wants to discover this music. Read the whole review
Nostalgia, Dec. 2015, David Van Ooijen : Isbin’s music fits the lute particularly well; he does not compose guitar or piano music for the lute but really managed to grasp what is lute about a lute and put that in his writing.
Gapplegate Classical Magazine, USA, dec 2015 : This is music that grows with every listen–sophisticated yet extraordinarily accessible and attractive in every way.
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Ben Kettlewell, Editor, Alternate Music Press, Australia :
‘Stathis Skandalidis’ playing is superb in this collection of 23 compositions by Belgian guitarist, lute player and prolific composer, Gilbert Isbin. Stathis Skandalidis Plays Gilbert Isbin is a virtuosic album, sounding totally unforced and natural. He produces a wonderful, resonant quality from his lute, which fit Isbin’s compositions like a glove.’
David Braid, composer : I thought it was very strong – I like the fact you largely stuck to the short forms characteristic of much lute music – each piece has its own world and harmonic colour – you have achieved a wide range of expression with the modest means of one lute – always the real challenge in all composition so well done mate on a very successful disc! Also – the player is truly brilliant and what a wonderful tone he has – but most importantly – his phrasing and musical sense – a true artist!
New Folksounds, sept. 2015, Marius Roeting, The Netherlands Read the whole review translated into English
‘Stathis Skandalidis lets shine Isbin’s compositions like silver water drops.
Folk, N1, 2016, Belgium
Folkroddels, March 2016, Antoine LEgat, Belgium : The album is nothing less than a tour de force ! Read the whole review
Exit, Paul Godderis, Belgium /Een verfrissend geluid in de wereld van de luit (A refreshing sound in the lute world)
Steve Elliott, AGW, UK
Stathis Skandalidis Plays Gilbert Isbin – features the brilliant lutenist Stathis Skandilidis playing 23 of Gilbert Isbin’s lute tunes. Now if you think the lute is all about Elizabethan galliards and the like, think again. Gilbert’s compositions bring the instrument into the 21st century. Oustanding.
Diskoryxeion (Greece): Phontas Troussas :
The compositions and arrangements of Isbin have an aesthetic completeness, They are taking advantage of both the melodic, and the polyphonic possibilities of the instrument. Skandalidis as an instrumentalist utilizes most precisely those capabilities, offering beautiful performances that can excite listeners of different origins (both Renaissance music and folk, with the most modern sense)
Master lutenist Stathis Skandalidis performs brilliantly original compositions and Flemish medieval songs for Solo Lute composed and arranged by Gilbert Isbin, all of which are published in the books ‘Harvest’ and ‘7 Old Flemish Songs For Solo Lute’ by the UK Lute Society.
Stathis Skandalidis is a lutenist and classical guitarist from Rhodes, Greece. He studied musicology at the University of Athens, guitar at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, the Mozarteum Salzburg ,the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki and participated in master classes and seminars on historical performance with master lutenist Paul O’Dette.
Gilbert Isbin is a Belgian composer, lutenist and guitarist He has released an impressive string of recordings for various labels and toured throughout Europe and the US. His compositions, thus far appr. 200 for lute, guitar and ensemble have been have been published by UK Lute Society, Berben Ediziones Musicales, Lantro, Kameleon Editions, Golden River, Auurk Editions, …
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