"... convincingly improvisatory in the introduction and superbly fluent in the subsequent Allegro ... Her command of the ebb and flow of such pieces ... is underpinned by a convincing, understated control of the rythmic structure and makes for continuously satis fying listening..."

BBC Music Magazine, 2022 June - Jan Smaczny

RECOMMENDED Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750), Complete Lute Works - ARCANA A529

.... The works are often unidiomatic, so they require adjustments (including key changes) to be playable on the lute, but one would not be aware of any difficulties when listening to Evangelina Mascardi’s recording. What she has achieved is extraordinary. She is always playing with unwavering musical conviction, as if these works flow out from her and her lute. Anyone who knows this music well will have their own stubborn ideas about how they should be played (as I confess I do), but Mascardi is the sort of player who will persuade you of her particular interpretation.

MusicWeb International, 2022 May, Steven Watson

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Evangelina Mascardi es una de las peregrinas y ya desde hace años ocupa un lugar de privilegio en la escena internacional ... con fraseo exquisito, respiración exacta, musicalidad extrema ... inspiración y justeza en sus ornamentaciones, pertenece por derecho propio al parnaso las mejores grabaciones existentes de estas obras, junto con las de su maestro Hopkinson Smith y las de Jakob Lindberg

el Diario de Buenos Aires, May 2022, Diego Fischerman

Album der Woche: Johann Sebastian Bach - Sämtliche Lautenwerke

.... Unglaubliche Fingerfertigkeit und enorme Musikalität gehen bei ihr Hand in Hand...

rbbKulturrbbKultur, 2022 May - Rainer Baumgärtner

Bach:  Obra completa para laúd - LOS EXCEPTIONALES

La distinción de grabaciones excepcionales se concede a las novedades que a juicio del crítico y de la dirección de la revista presenten un gran interés artístico o sean de absoluta referencia

Scherzo, Mayo 2022

La dame au luth, Evangelina Mascardi y tient : elle est la première femme à enregistrer toutes les œuvres pour luth de Bach.... l’aplomb technique admirable, la beauté des sonorités, et cette espèce de simplicité qui confine à l’évidence...Agogique, articulations, dynamiques y introduisent une variété qui ravit l’esprit autant que le don du chant culminant dans des ornements partout idéalement intégrés à la ligne.... Evangelina Mascardi mérite assurément sa place au panthéon des luthistes.

Diapason, 2022 April - Loïc Chahine

Ferita d'Amore, a 10 anni dalla pubblicazione (Arcana 2011), compare tra i 10 dischi consigliati dalla rivista Diapason per esplorare il repertorio liutistico.

Diapason, 2022 February - Wissâm Feuillet

Festival Internacional de Música Barroca (Femuba)

Entrevista - La laudista, una de las más importantes del panorama internacional, miembro del comité científico del Convegno Internazionale di Chitarra de Milán, comentó a La Tribuna de Albacete las singularidades de este concierto, con obras de Bittner, Weiss, Mouton, Gallot y Reusner 

Tribuna de Albaceite_2022.29.01, 29 January 2022 - pdf

 

Mascardi e quel liuto che sa regalare magia
Una splendida l’esibizione per l’artista argentina nel concerto dedicato alle musiche di Weiss

... La liutista argentina è preci- sa in queste sue enunciazio- ni tanto da poter trascrivere i brani in un dettato musica- le. Precisa e musicalissima, specialmente in alcuni brani come la iniziale Passacaglia in Re maggiore, la Courante e la Sarabande dalla Suite in Sol maggiore e il meraviglio- so Tombeau sur la mort de Mr Comte d’Logy ...

«L'Arena», Verona, 28 novembre 2021, p. 61 - Chiara Zocca

Milano Spagnola. Para Tecla y Vihuela

16th Century Spanish music is brought to life in this excellent recording pairing the vihuela, a six-course Spanish instrument that is the direct precursor of the guitar, with the harpsichord and organ. Consistent with the music of the day, for which instruments were often not specified, this combination is delightful. The vihuela, plucked without fingernails producing a preponderance of lower harmonics, nicely complements the bright, high harmonic content of the harpsichord in the ensemble pieces presented here. Duo pieces alternate with solos from each performer, giving each a chance to shine, which they definitely do, and this keeps the listener from tiring of too much of the same sound. Enriquez de Valderrabano's 'Cuatro diferencias sobre la Pavana' and 'Soneto lombarda' are played as lovely solos on the vihuela, with lovely, clearly rendered divisions from Mascardi's able fingers. Spanish courtier and composer Luis Milan's 'Fantasia de tento' is played on the harpsichord with great fluidity and style by Croci—what a pleasure it is to hear music by this composer played on a keyboard instrument! Another notable track is Antonio de Cabezon's 'Diferencias sobre la Gallarda Milanesa' where the duo reaches its highest peak on the recording with rippling passagework trading off between instruments, demonstrating their excellent control and musicality. In short, this recording is very well done. Pieces from composers both well known (Cabezon, Valderrabano, Milan) and less well known (Werrecore, Borrono) take the listener back over four centuries. Talk about time travel! Give me more of this!

© 2021 American Record Guide, September 2021, pp. 166-167, Jim McCutcheon