Reviews

Grocott’s Mail

Grace Delivers Orchestral Sound on His Guitar James Grace, one of South Africa’s top classical guitarists, enthralled the audience at a concert hosted by the Grahamstown Music Society on Tuesday 7 October. Grace, who heads the classical guitar programme at…

Artsmart 2014

Choice of music brings the best from the two guitarists. (Review by Keith Millar) The Music Revival Concert Series at the Witness Hilton Arts Festival offered a varied programme of music that would have suited the tastes of most classical…

Artsmart 2012

I have been a big fan of Cape Town guitarist James Grace since I saw him play with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra a few years ago. I subsequently bought his CD, Granada, and It fast became one of my favourite…

The Witness

“…One of the highlights of the concert series must surely have been Cape Town guitarist James Grace with his matinée-idol good looks and beautiful renditions of Spanish guitar music. His technical brilliance, attention to detail and complete absorption in the…

Die Volksblad

‘n Positiewe wind waai oor die Vrystaatse Simfonieorkes “…Al die seksies is na ’n hoër vlak van spel verhef as dit waaraan gehore die afgelope jare uitgelewer was. Die Kaapstadse kitaarsolis James Grace het dit dus goed getref, want uit…

The Citizen

Grace under no pressure RECITAL:  James Grace – James Grace, who is head of guitar studies at the College of Music at the University of Cape Town, offered varied musical fare at his Northwards recital. PROGRAMME:  Music by Spanish and…

Opus

This is the third CD that James Grace has released under his own label, Stringwise Records. Each of his releases focuses on a different aspect of the guitar repertoire, giving them an added advantage for lovers of guitar music. The…

Cue

Triple Kudos for this Duo – Canciones Españolas with Zanne Stapelberg “… admirably supported by guitarist James Grace, the complete Latin experience unfolds in a spectacle of fire, passion, pathos and beguiling sensitivity. In a magnificently executed opening, Grace’s truly evocative…

Classic Feel Magazine

One of the 20th Century’s most influential classical guitarists, Andrés Segovia, once said that the mark of a true performer is ‘a sacred fire… that love without which, a performer may be perfect but nothing else.’ South Africa’s own James…

Artsmart 2009

‘…After the interval, the Cape Town guitarist James Grace joined the orchestra in Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and showed that he is a top-class player with a total command of his instrument. The slow movement has made the name…

The Herald Online

Superb Grace Concert in PE ATTENDING a classical guitar performance on a Sunday afternoon brought about a welcome change to the usual Port Elizabeth concert calendar, and with it, a fresh crowd of faces. It was indeed encouraging that the…

Classic Feel Magazine

‘Billed as one of South Africa’s leading concert guitarists, James Grace studied at the Royal College of Music with Carlos Bonell where he was the first guitarist to receive the Tagore Gold Medal and has also been awarded first prizes…

Classic Feel Magazine

South Africa’s leading classical guitarist continues his Music of Spain series with this collection of Iberian classics. Grace demonstrates his impeccable technique and mastery of Spanish musical styles with works by Albéniz, Sor, Rodrigo, Malats, de Falla, Granados and Tárrega.  Grace’s…

Beeld 2008

JPO spoggerig met Gueller en Grace Dit is net menslik dat die hoë standaard wat die Johannesburg Philharmonic in die afgelope twee, drie jaar gevestig het nie altyd gehandhaaf kan word nie: daar is té veel elemente (soos die dirigent,…

Kwana

Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto Villa-Lobos’s Guitar concerto maybe classified as modern (written in 1951) but it has a strong impressionistic flavour, with echoes of Spain constantly recurring. James Grace played with flair, and handles his guitar comfortably. I never liked amplification,…

Classic Feel Magazine

“…He has just released his second CD which he has called Portraitand it is a varied recital of important guitar composers and some transcriptions all played with the kind of intensity and elegance for which James Grace has become known. …His…

Artsmart 2007

The soloist of the evening was the guitarist James Grace, who teaches this instrument at the University of Cape Town. He played the Guitar Concerto, written in 1951, by the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. It is an interesting 20-minute work, in the modern…

Die Burger

KLASSIEKE MUSIEK: James Grace and Friends, met James Grace (kitaar), die Universiteit van Kaapstad-kitaarensemble, Reza Khota (kitaar), Tzu-Fan Tang (viool) en Christopher Duigan (klavier). In die Baxter-konsertsaal. James Grace is ? goëlaar met sy kitaar. Dis asof sy vingers en die musiek…

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