Tadashi Maeda, Kohei Nishikawa, Patricio Aizaga, Orquesta Filarmónica del Ecuador

Review of Responsorio:

"In Responsorio, a full-throated, mesmerizing 2000 work by Diego Luzuriaga, solo instruments jumped in and out of the spotlight. Driven by steady, powerful drums, their individual voices—from jaunty violin to bustling woodwinds—emerged and melted away in seamless succession."

Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Classical Review, July 13, 2013

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Reviews of Yavari & Yumbo:

     “Aiken played both flute and alto flute for the first performance of Diego Luzuriaga’s “Yaravi & Yumbo.” The “Yaravi” is a meditative song said to descend from religious ceremonies of Incas living in the Andes mountains, while the “Yumbo” is a fast dance in 6/8 meter. The composer took the pentatonic and modal basis of the folk forms and used them with imagination, a quality that made the rhythms of his “Yumbo” intriguing. He was on hand to share in the well-deserved applause.”

Mark Kanny, Tribune Review, January 2003

Reviews of Liturgia:

     “Within this composition [Liturgia] Luzuriaga expresses his own sense of beauty without any affectation, through his extensive knowledge of the writing of modern music. It is a masterpiece that joins traditional Japanese music and the traditions of the people of Ecuador.”

Masataka Matsuo, Phonosphere, Japan, 2002.

     “Good news for Ecuadorian musical creation. The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra has commissioned Diego Luzuriaga another orchestral work. […] All musicians interested in Luzuriaga’s work applaud his coherent exploration and fusion of the ancestral rhythms of our country with the more contemporary.”

El Comercio, January 21, 2001

Review of Romería a la Virgen del Cisne:

     “The Romería a la Virgen del Cisne for choir and string chamber orchestra closed the evening. The voices of the Pichincha Choir did their best and elevated prayers to the Virgin of el Cisne (the Swan) so that she protect the injured land of which Luzuriaga speaks, in this intense piece premiered last night. The audience gave a standing ovation.”

Milagros Aguirre, El Comercio, March 2002

Review of score of Tierra... tierra...:

     Diego Luzuriaga’s Tierra… Tierra…, for two flutes. Published by Henry Lemoine — 26518 H.L. “The composer, born in a small city in Ecuador, explains in the introductory note that he has been fascinated since his childhood by the “primordial” aspect of the flute sound. He also says that this duo represents a sort of meditation about the connection between the universal Man and earth, thanks, precisely, to the primitive side of the sonorities employed.

The first flute uses also the piccolo, whereas the second flute starts with the alto flute. Some superb colors are found as a result of mixing the piccolo and the alto flute, going through the whole instrumental register.

Is is a splendid piece that holds the audience’s attention.”

La Traversière, June 1998

Review of Dúos Fáciles:

     Diego Luzuriaga’s Duos Faciles for two flutes. Published by Zimmermann — ZM 32570. “Those who would like to open new horizons and enrich their music repertoire, should acquire this little score. They will find themselves transposed into a rich and strange musical universe somewhere between Villa-Lobos and Bartok.

The first piece is called Lamento, thus summarizing perfectly well its sad, incantation-like, insistent and character. The second piece, maybe in homage to Poulenc, is a Cantilene in which the two voices are in imitation. The third one, without offering big technical difficulties, is somehow delicate to put together, but it would be a pity to be discouraged by an small obstacle, because the result is worthwhile!”

La Traversière, January 2000

From the book "The Contemporary Flute in the work of Diego Luzuriaga" by the Argentinean author and flutist Beatriz Plana:

     “… Diego Luzuriaga… a lucid and passioned creator. The cultural heritage of his country and his Latin America coexist in him along with a deep and methodic knowledge of the instrumental techniques of our contemporary musical world…”

 

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