Classical Guitar Magazine, London

« Decamp is a French guitarist composer working in a cross-over style. This pair of pieces is a light and accessible jazz-based set, Avant forming a short prelude to Premiere. The standard required to get around the notes is not very extreme, somewhere in the good intermediate range. Making musical sense of it all and projecting the improvisatory passage work in Avant might take a little more. Fully realising the durations in Premiere would add a bit more still (…). This is subtle and intelligent enough not to be mistaken for the brainless easy-listening this genre can become, and is well worth investigation for those with the fingers and some determination as well as an interest in the style. »

Classical Guitar Magazine, London

On the 24th August 1999 the legendary guitarist Alexandre Lagoya passed away having reached the age of 70. He was most renowned as one half of what has been called the greatest guitar duo ever to exist and together with his wife Ida Presti, the duo gave around 2000 concerts and left a legacy of superb recordings to remember them by. This new recording by the French guitarist Nelly Decamp pays tribute to the great man through her emotive four-movement composition 24 Août and as a further mark of respect has named the CD after this work. Through its seven-minute duration, this piece covers a wide range of emotions, from despair to joyfulness but saves the icing on the cake until last with a beautiful crafted, melodie work written in the tremolo style.

As well as performing solo on classical and electric guitars, Decamp is joined on several tracks by fellow musicians Keyvan Chemirani on percussion and Jean-Pascal Quilès on guitars and the effect when performing as a trio could be best described as one of “jazz-fusion”. Decamp’s compositions cross many musical perimeters and each track on this enjoyable recording has something attractive and pleasurable to offer.

Aside from the aforementioned Lagoya tribute piece, highlights include a superb and stylish rumba and a set of variations based upon a rather “dark” but brief theme.

I can find much to admire in not only Decamp’s excellent performances of her original works but also in the compositions themselves, which at times, are quite exceptional. This is the first time I can recollect hearing Nelly Decamp’s works and I must say I was bowled over by them. Altogether a very nice and most welcome addition to the evergrowing repertoire for guitar.

Steve Marsh

Classical Guitar Magazine

Editions L'Empreinte Melodique. 11 pp.

Nelly Decamp's music is always wonderful stuff, highly melodie and individual with more than a touch of jazz along the way.
This latest little trilogy of pieces takes as its starting point the very guitaristic way one can place notes or a chord high up the fingerboard alongside open strings to create a shimmering effect that no other instrument can copy. Certainly it does give a
very summery texture to much of this music as evidenced by the title.
No1 is marked Libera come una improvvisazione and begins with a rising arpeggio-driven melody crossing over several strings and then topped by a glissando of a chord made up of two consecutive fourths. The idea is embellished on different chords before a set of arpeggiated chords run rapidly down the fingerboard ushering in a return to the opening, now slightly varied before a close on a gently clashing arpeggio topped by harmonics.
No2 is slower and more expressive and begins in the minor, only moving to the tonic major in the middle section; itself a variant of the minor key's opening theme. Again the gentle clash of stopped and open strings against one another plays an
important part.
The final prelude is an Andante with a gently emotive idea full of the aforementioned clashes, and is slightly longer than the previous two with a flow to it that makes it a successful conclusion to what is a beautiful set of pieces, which are melodie, and
constantly entertaining and only of a moderate difficulty. They deserve to do well.
Chris Dumigan

Guitarist Acoustic, Paris France

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"...La subtilité d'interprétation de la guitariste Nelly Decamp et sa maîtrise constante de la qualité du son...son legato parfait..."


"...La subtilité d'interprétation de la guitariste Nelly Decamp et sa maîtrise constante de la qualité du son...son legato parfait..."

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