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MICHAEL LAUCKE HAS RECEIVED MANY GREAT REVIEWS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. FOLLOWING ARE SOME EXCERPTS…
WASHINGTON, D.C., USA
I was one of the lucky ones with a seat up front because Laucke is one of the finest guitarists to have played in Washington in a long time. Most guitarists make each piece sound like a tour-de –force. The music they produce sounds uncomfortably squeezed and distorted to fit the needs of the instrument. Laucke, however, managed to make everything sound natural and relaxed. He projected the music rather than the virtuosity and to do so is the highest form of virtuosity. He commanded a world of expressiveness. He also brought an unerring sense of rhythmic timing and the nimble fingers necessary to produce beautifully even ornaments. Throughout the concert, Laucke’s playing was a model of clarity, evenness, control and good sense
THE WASHINGTON POST, Joan Reinthaler
“CANADA’S TOP GUITARIST and one of the top guitarists in the world today”
NEW YORK POST, Eugenia Sheppard
“Laucke ambled on to the platform, one hand in trouser pocket, and gave his program with a accomplishment and relaxed charm. Music by Luis de Narvaezwas as persuasively done as this was [world premiere by Canadian composer].His performance was near perfect…who could ask for anything more?
THE LONDON TIMES, Stephen Pettitt
Laucke is a musician from Canada who plays flamenco with the heat, excitement and feeling of someone who has just descended from the hills of Andalusia. In the sold-out performance we attended, Laucke proved himself to be truly a master in his command of the guitar. He gave it that touch of magic virtuosity belonging only to those who totally control the instrument. His flamenco music was a rare blend of sylph-like grace and exceptional talent; all of which was greatly enjoyed by the audience”…
AURORA, Lavi Amitai
HERE FOLLOWS REVIEW EXCERPTS IN CHRONOLOGICAL
“Michael Laucke: Poet of the Guitar”
Patrick Gauthier, June 7,1997
“MICHAEL LE MAGNIFIQUE”
Philippe Tétreau, May 17, 1996
“MICHAEL LAUCKE… A GENIUS OF THE GUITAR”.
Yves Boudreau, May 1996
“MICHAEL LAUCKE RAISES FLAMENCO TO THE HEIGHTS IT DESERVES.
Place des Arts was attended by a wildly enthusiastic audience . He built
a career filled with success and based on inspiration”.
Francisco-José Vidal, June 14, 1996
Murielle Fournier, May 17, 1996
“GUITARIST LAUCKE DELIVERS ON SULTRY SERENADES, FIERY FLAMENCO”.
Scott Taylor, July 3, 1996
“MICHAEL LAUCKE: ONE OF THE GREATS”.
Danny Poulin, August 6, 1996
“Burning hot… a colorful performance”.
Thomas Schnurmacher, February 16 1995
“The concert was fascinating from beginning
to end… and the rhythm breathtaking”.
Daniel Rolland, November 1994
“MICHAEL LAUCKE: STAR OF THE NOUVEAU FLAMENCO STYLE”.
Régis Tremblay, October 22, 1994
“Michael Laucke, is there anything he hasn’t done?”
André Ducharme, October 1991
“…One of the greatest guitarists in the world”.
Paul-Henri Goulet, May 1991
“GUITARIST MICHAEL LAUCKE BRILLIANT IN MSO DEBUT PERFORMANCE”.
Myron Galloway, March 13, 1991
“MICHAEL LAUCKE MAKES ONE FALL IN LOVE WITH THE GUITAR. More than a virtuoso, charismatic Michael Laucke is a pure talent! For him playing is a reflex, just like breathing… irresistible Michael Laucke”.
Régis Tremblay, October 28, 1990
Magic Virtuosity… truly a masterin his command of the guitar.
He gave it that touch of magic virtuosity belonging only to those who totally control the instrument”.
Lavi Amitai, March 23, 1989
“…Excellent skill and perfect musical expression a splendid, formidable
guitarist. The concert was impressive and the music beautiful and flamboyant”.
July 22, 1988
“There is no doubt that Michael Laucke’s premier in Beijing met with the best possible response from the Chinese audience…
a delight to the ears“.
- CHINA PERFORMING ARTS AGENCY,
- Deng Siyi, president, July 17 & August 28, 1988
“…a superb, splendid guitarist”.
- SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST,
- Harry Rolnick, July 18, 1988
“The music and the engrossing rhythmic élan of the playing had an intoxicating effect.
Laucke’s own ‘Solitude’ was most exquisite“.
- THE AFTERNOON DESPATCH & COURIER,
- August 10, 1988
“…The person who has done more for the guitar in this country
than anyone else” “The expressive guitar of Michael Laucke was always present,
sometimes in the flamenco version and sometimes in the traditional Spanish form,
and equally convincing in both”.”His easy mastery of the instrument was
everywhere apparent…exceptional gifts“
- THE MONTREAL GAZETTE,
- Eric McLean, Critique Emeritus
- May 21 & 30, 1988 and April 18, 1981
“Michael Laucke is a man who is not afraid of putting everything aside for his art.
My Flamenco Concerto is but a mere token of my love and admiration for his art and personality”.
May 30, 1986
“ONE OF FIVE OF CANADA’S BEST-KNOWN SOLOISTS”.
Lynn Harting, July / August 1986
“…Outstanding musicianship, talent and spirit of adventure”.
- SOUNDBOARD MAGAZINE,
John W. Tanno,
- Winter 1985-86
“His relaxed manner, beaming smile and gracious speaking voice won the hearts of the audience before he even played a note”.
“Laucke has the ability to communicate his great love for the music he plays, both in the music itself and in his stage manner”.
Norman Ruiz, Summer 1985
“One can’t imagine a more convincing interpreter
If all guitarists played as musically as Laucke, the guitar would have a better reputation”.
“…a true poet”.
- LA PRESSE,
- November 16, 1984 and November 6, 1989
“A thoroughly excellent performance”.
November 22, 1984
“…Tasteful, persuasive, accomplished”.
Stephen Pettitt, October 10, 1983
“…Near perfect… who could ask for anything more?”.
September / October 1983
“CANADA’S PREMIER GUITARIST… one of the stars of the festival”.
Lajos Nagy, August 17, 1983
“One of the most refined guitarists this country has produced”.
“Laucke is a wizard of a player and makes easy work of the hardest stuff. No kidding there is magic at work here“.
George Warren, October 1981
“…Immense musical talent. I have rarely been able to meet a musician of such great quality and, above all, of such great completeness and intense capacity for work”.
CLAUDE VIVIER, composer,
November 4, 1981
“Michael Laucke’s ease in resolving major instrumental and musical problems with a fearless and joyous attitude…”.
Banff Centre of the Performing Arts, July 1977
“Michael Laucke is a highly motivated and exceptionally dedicated and disciplined artist whose virtuosity with the classical guitar is awesome and magnificent.
As a disciple of the muse of Music, Michael is rare and gifted indeed. He is an inspiration to students of the guitar and to others like me who are appreciators… and we are legion”.
Administrative Assistant to Senator Claiborne Pell, Feb. 23, 1977
“I have never known a musician as committed and dedicated to his art as Mr. Michael Laucke, guitarist from Montreal... musician of a rare sensibility, persistent worker and an artist with a remarkable professional awareness to which one attributes gifts and qualities”.
February 27, 1977
“…An extremely gifted guitarist…
originality of ideas and capacity for hard work… high ideals and sound integrity”.
resident soloist at the White House (Johnson and Carter administrations),
January 10, 1977
“I like his playing because it is full of natural nuances which come from a verynatural musical sensitivity”.
“CANADA’S TOP GUITARIST“.
Eugenia Sheppard, November 5, 1976
WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A.
“He projected the music rather than the virtuosity and to do so is the highest form of virtuosity.
He commanded a world of expressiveness… one of the finest guitarists to have played in Washington”.
“Throughout the concert, Laucke’s playing was a model of clarity, evenness, control and good sense”.
- THE WASHINGTON POST,
- June 7, 1971 and December 31, 1979
“He played works by Albeniz and Granados with virtuoso flair”.
- The WASHINGTON POST,
- November 26, 1971
“…Precision always impeccable“.
“…Musician of a very beautiful classicism… sensitive phrasing… rich sonority”.
“…Very musical… very chic“.
“A very gifted and musical instrumentalist”.
October 9, 1968