Inspired by the Italian guitarist Matteo Carcassi (1796-1853) “Matteo Carcassi: 25 Melodic and Progressive Études, Op. 60′ for classical guitar, released around his death, a seamless blend of his passions, combining technical prowess, delicate musicianship and a strong pedagogical core that elevates each piece to perfection. An impressive array of compositions that have stood the test of time effortlessly, each track on Paco new album is a subtle whirlwind of artistry and sharp musical elements. In true form, each piece focuses on a different technical or musical element, flitting from slurs, scales, arpeggios, tremolo, tirando and apoyando to musical beats and dynamics, creating a masterclass of musical skill that never fails to impress. Arguably among the most important studies written for guitar, Carcassi’s original études are renowned for their creative and educational underpinnings, and provide a brilliant challenge for any aspiring guitarist. Known and celebrated for generations, these are the perfect blend of well-rounded technique and developed musicality, and Paco’s decision to record them, a testament to both his skill and his passion. Concluding with a beautifully virtuoso piece that combines all the previous elements into a final and undeniable flourish, “Matteo Carcassi: 25 Melodic and Progressive Études, Op. 60 of Matteo Carcassi” is an exciting musical journey that revels in contrasting sounds and stark musical elements. Pacos’ 25 Melodic and Progressive Studies, Op. 60 by Matteo Carcassi,” published July 1, 2022.