"The music - some familiar, some quite unfamiliar, illustrates the untapped riches available to an artist willing to seek them out."
"And all of it is played with skill and sensitivity. Patrick Appello's artistry is evident throughout."
- Jack Goodstein, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
This review appeared in the Early Music America Winter 2012 issue
From Early Romantic Guitar magazine, date
The Last Rose of Summer - Patrick Appello
This recording features an historical instrument from the Augustine collection, an original 1846 Lacote, performed by professor Patrick Appello from New York, USA. The selection of repertoire draws a well-chosen set of musically satisfying pieces which have not been overplayed from J.K. Mertz and Mauro Giuliani. The Mertz works are solo guitar arrangements of vocal works, first a large-scale (12-minute) Mertz operatic fantasy on the Donizetti opera 'Lucia di Lammermoor' followed by two Schubert song arrangements (Message of Love, The Mail). The 7 Giuliani pieces are 3 of the 6 Irish Airs op. 125, and 4 pieces from op. 148 (Sentimentale, Allegria, Melanconia, Armonia). The highlights of the CD for me were the Schubert pieces, which were played with elegance and grace, and a good match to the timbre of the Lacote, as were the first two Irish airs by Giuliani ("Last Rose of Summer" and "My Lodging is on the Cold Ground").