"If you are looking for a thrilling all-Cuban excursion on the guitar, look no further. Cuban guitarist Iliana Matos pays tribute to her fellow countryman, composer Eudardo Martin, on a match-made-in-heaven recording that is about as perfect as guitar records get. It is gorgeous stuff, and these vibrant performances bring an energy and rhythmic excitement to every note.
Martin may be musically conservative, but he is probably the new king of melody on guitar, able to write lyrically in a distinguished and memorable way that can appease both popular and high art camps.
The quality of the recording matches the repertoire and performances...the humanity of the music and player is matched perfectly by a humanity in the sound technology. As for Matos, she simply, radiantly shines, a virtuoso in service to the music. The result is a persuasive calling card for both Martin and herself. Needless to say, this sleeper of a disc should attract quite a following in the guitar world. Even non-guitar lovers will find immense delights." - Ellis, American Record Guide
"Really, what can one say about a recording as good as this? Throughout the 64 minutes of music on this disc there are rhythmic complexities which boggle the mind, stunning harmonies and wonderfully crafted melodies. In Iliana Matos, Martin has the perfect interpreter for his work. Her technical abilities are second to none and she possesses a truly beautiful tone when required. She shows an instinctive insight into this music and gets to the heart of every piece with impeccable phrasing. Her name deserves to go down in guitar history as one of the great players of our time. Highly recommended." - Steve Marsh, Classical Guitar Magazine
"...compositions inspired by Cuban popular music, from the pen of a Cuban composer and played by a Cuban guitarist synergistically weave magic. Much of the music would be eminently suited to the sound track of a quality movie, and the last item, Para Sonar Contigo (26), reminds one of the Villa-Lobos composition, Sentimental Melody, written for the film Green Mansions. Iliana Matos exhibits high musicality, a very refined technique, and a strong sense of rhythm. It is with reluctance that I describe the work of a current generation guitarist as magnificent because it leaves little latitude for the future but on this occasion there is no other synonym that is more appropriate. If circumstances are kind to Iliana Matos, she has sufficient of all credentials necessary to take her place in the annals of guitar as one of its truly gifted and outstanding exponents." - Zane Turner, musicweb-international.com
"Iliana Matos has succeeded with 'Angels in the Street' to deliver a CD which is brilliant with the exceptional well chosen repertoire and her unique and modern approach to classical guitar music. Truly a masterwork." - Henk te Veldhuis, Bridge Guitar Reviews
"The only limiting factor for a piece such as 'Angels?' ...to find a performer who possesses the virtuosity able to handle the technical act of precisely lifting the notes from daunting page to fretboard, and to do it with a panache and sensitivity which disguises the difficulty as only subliminal. Such an artist is Iliana Matos. And though Matos is a dark horse, it's impossible while listening to 'Angels?' to believe that her name will not someday ring the same peal of recognition as does Bream and Williams. GSP Recordings seems to have a talent for ferreting out bright new classical guitar talent, and they've succeeded once more by making this collaboration between Eduardo Martin and Iliana Matos possible and accessible." - Alan Fark, Minor7th.com
"This is another beautiful album from GSP. Her playing is exquisite, and I love Eduardo's compositions. Congratulations!" - Randy Morse, KZUM 89.3 FM
"A real jewel. 'Angels in the Street', the composition from which the CD is titled, is simply amazing." - El Tono de la Voz, Cuba