The audience sat mesmerised as he started to play, gently at first and building up to what can only be described as one of the most unbelievable guitar-playing I have ever had the pleasure to listen to.
Paco’s requiem captivated the audience, bringing them to their feet in acclamation at the end of the 75-minute set.......It was a sensational evening, full of authenticity and innovation.
A PACKED audience at Salisbury Cathedral enjoyed one of the most extraordinary musical events in the history of this great building on Saturday.
The dynamic tension between the harsh, crystal clear tones of flamenco wrought in the furnace heat and poverty of the Andalucian mountains and the more modulated and nuanced tones of the north European choir was a revelation.
...most inspiring and explosive new work by the worlds most renowned flamenco guitarist and composer Paco Peña. The Requiem is full of anger, fear, emotion... powerfully expressed
Paco Peña captured the audience from the very moment his fingers moved like a millipede across the guitar strings in an instant we were transported to Andalusia, witnessing a man described as the finest flamenco guitarist in the world (it’s true, he is) ... spectacular and sensational performance
...the communication between Paco Peña, his hugely talented musicians and singers and conductor, Howard Moody, and the Salisbury Festival Chorus, it was mesmerising.
Different worlds, different languages and different music styles, working seamlessly as one... The standing ovation proved it doesn’t get much better than this.
BBC Wiltshire Arts Review