• "The very last track of this cd, the chaconne of Germaine Pinel, captures all that is best about this incandescent music as well as this magical player. It floats like a zephyr that promises a healing beneficence and pleasures tinged with sadness. It dances and sings but with a modesty that has nothing to do with morality but is rather a kind of politeness to all things of beauty. There is nothing to compare it with . Perhaps some of M. Yisrael's teacher H. Smith recordings of Gaultier--if you have been so fortunate to hear these-- , might prepare you for the experience. We await future recordings of the French and German baroque by this supreme exponent of the lute." Myrmex (USA, 2015)
  • "Very beautifull pieces not from the Baroque for once, but from the Classical era. The playing is extraordinary (I have many, many luth CD's) he has the best sound and flawless technique! A Cd to relax to. Do not skip it, it is awesome." P. Watel (Belgium, 2010)

     

  • "We do not often listen to music for baroque lute solo. The interpretation of Miguel Yisrael is very smooth and gives all his nobility to cantabile. A wonderful and very enjoyable CD." Gerard Muller. (New Caledonia, 2012)

     

  • "It's simple, I acquired all of his recordings, that says it all! Praise from the press are well deserved for this transmitter musician. Sensitivity and control." G. Simon (France, 2014)
  • "I was really taken with this CD upon first hearing. The lutenist is especially adept at producing a beguilingly soft and yet expressively dynamic tone. This recording is even better than his excellent first cd. The repertoire is unusual. Hagen and Falkenhagen seem to be intermediate between the great figures of the German Baroque such as Reusner and Weiss and the later style of the gallant. One cannot argue with this performers skill and taste. He will be one of the leaders of the new generation. The older generation - Nigel North, Paul Beier, Hopkinson Smith, Jakob Lindberg - are supreme artists and have established the lute as the most aesthetically compelling instrument in early music. Miguel Yisrael will carry on this tradition." Myrmex (USA, 2012)
  • "Stunning the CD Austria 1676 ! Out of the 200 or so lute cds i have this would easily be in the top ten along with Hopkinson Smith's memorable recodings of the French Baroque repertoire. Like his teacher, this young lutenist stands out for the delicacy of his touch and his ability to concentrate even very slow music into a telling musical statement. This cd should not be missed and lets hope for more recordings by Miguel soon." Myrmex (USA, 2013)
  • "I have listened to it many, many times, I and I must say that I like it, a lot. Your performance is fabulous, and you play with such great emotion and control, particularly in my favorite of all pieces recorded, the Tombeau in c minor by Lauffensteiner. Your phrasing is so beautiful, in that you really brought out as much spirit as possible on this piece. Well done! But, being an 11-course musician, I can most appreciate your incredible efforts. Of course, I like all your tempos, and dance like characters that you present, and with very lush tone. You deserve an award for this project!" Ed Martin (USA, 2012)
  • "I bought this recording without knowing anything about the lutenist and precious little about French baroque lute music - I was curious about how the lute transcription of Couperin's Les Barricades Misterieuses would come off. I listen to it often because it has some of the most beautiful and truly musical lute playing I have heard - and it is recorded beautifully as well. As a result of listening to this disc, I have since bought almost any recording I could find of French baroque lute music and, although many are well-played and enjoyable, Yisrael's recording remains my favorite. It's pure musicality embodies the "sweet" sound that the French baroque so admired." Dave P. (USA, 2011)
  • "Wonderful emphasis of the lyric qualities of these works. A tremendous sense of the luminescent and the delicate. Expressive energetic gestures that don't seem manic or mechanical. In the slow movements you make evocative expressions of the contrast of spave versus occupation. You play with such satisfaction within the limits of the instrument- that you exceed the limits. I never feel like you are 'playing the lute' but rather painting landscapes, and I love it." Kat Sottu (Japan, 2010)
  • "I wish you to record more amazing music! It's a true time travel and mini brain surgery for me! You are the best lute player since Michael Schaeffer (1937-1978)." James K. (UK, 2009)
  • "I listen to your cd for the 4th time: I received it yesterday! Again, you did a beautiful CD with a fine and exemplary clarity. This is a sort of music in which it is so easy to do too much, but you never graves in fluency of expression." Renzo Salvador (Belgium, 2010)
  • "A very subtle blend of delicacy and virtuosity. A true heir of Hopkinson Smith." Francisco Rosado (Portugal, 2010)
  • "Miguel has the most gorgeous sound of any lutenist I have heard, live or on recording. That sound is captured on this CD; it is neither too live or too dead." Kemer Thomson (USA, 2008)
  • "Yes, it is worthy of his teacher Hopkinson Smith. The same clarity and musicality. Nice mix." Peter Eichenau (Germany, 2010)
  • "It´s fantastic and very moving! It reminds me of Glenn Gould playing the Goldberg variations. Thank you again!" Harald Gerstmayer (Germany, 2010)
  • "I worked in Bayreuth and really get a pleasure out of hearing such beautiful music that was composed and played there. The sound you have got on this CD is absolutely fantastic. I would not hesitate to call your recording the best I have heard with lute music so far." Ralph Lange (Germany, 2010)