Concert Reviews



“fluent technique…played with all the allure one could ask.” The TIMES of London, England

“LUTE, GUITAR PROGRAM DELIGHTS AUDIENCE…the concert was first rate…exhibiting not only the potential in the guitar and lute, but also the genuine humour available to students of classical music.” Nelson Daily News, Nelson B.C.


“LUTE PERFORMANCE DELIGHTFULLY ATTRACTIVE…Rinehart’s technique and understanding were exemplary…the tone and brilliance of his playing made for a very illuminatng experience” The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta



“GUITARIST A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW…Alan Rinehart was the guest soloist for the evening and on his own he was enthralling” The Kimberley Daily Bulletin

“His approach had about it a sensitive and seductive delicacy.” The Province, Vancouver B.C.

“A flexible technique, attractive sound, and disarming manner as accompanist and soloist” CBC Broadcast review

“The playing was consistently clean and musical with a good regard for sound, and he has a pleasantly relaxed manner which won over the audience right from the word go.” GUITAR INTERNATIONAL magazine, London, England, (London Debut, The Purcell Room)

“To all this Mr. Rinehart brought a sensitive awareness of the needs of the music, shaping his phrases with care … playing it (the Ponce) with considerable charm and character.” CLASSICAL GUITAR magazine, London, England

“Mr. Rinehart’s technique on the guitar was secure, his interpretation sensitive, and his tone excellent, He also possesses one of the most pleasant stage personalities I have come across”. GUITAR magazine, London, England

with flautist Jane Martin

“The concert by Jane Martin and Alan Rinehart was admirable in its presentation…the combination worked wonderfully well” SOUNDBOARD magazine



Renaissance Masters and Latin Romantics:

“Rinehart impresses the listener for his skill, ease and virtuosity on the guitar, from which he draws tones of plush loveliness and a wide range of colour .., a record that should give its purchaser lasting pleasure.” FANFARE magazine

“Rinehart’s amber tone is beautiful in its own right, and his approach to the pieces is deeply serious.., a versatile and talented player.” CLASSICAL GUITAR magazine, London

“… a great deal of control and excitement. Rinehart produces a good, even sound -pleasant to hear.” GUITARRA magazine, Chicago, Ill.

“There’s a live sense to this recording that makes the listener feel as though a part of the concert audience, intimately involved with Rinehart’s skillful and sensitive interpretations.” GUITAR PLAYER magazine

“… great understanding… carefully chosen and liltingly played: RECOMMENDED.” GUITAR AND LUTE magazine, Hawaii

“… an agreeable introduction to the work of this gifted Canadian artist, The playing is clean, direct, and elegant and there is every indication of a keen musical sensibility at work.” The Vancouver Sun

Musical Banquet:        

“Guitarist Alan Rinehart groups his program into what he calls a musical banquet with works by Pujol, Duarte, Holborne, Albeniz, Machado and Ross arranged into appetizers, antipasto, chef’s specials and dessert. The idea may sound contrived, but the first time I listened to the album I was making dinner and, though he probably wouldn’t care to hear this, it was perfect background music. There is something gustatory about the sound of the classical guitar-or there certainly is the way he plays it, with pure tone, technical facility and style.  Playing it again but paying more attention, I liked it just as much. The chef’s specials are definitely Duarte’s appealing modern tribute to the Renaissance’s John Dowland and Pujol’s harmonically sensuous Preludes in tango style. At 57 minutes, Musical Banquet is short but delicious.” **** Lloyd Dykk, The Vancouver Sun, November 11, 2000

A sober, elegant, controlled performance, with a nice phrasing and a consistent technique. Everything is clear and it leaves nothing to desire.” Angelo Gilardino, Composer and Editor, The Artistic Director of the “Andrés Segovia” Foundation of Spain

The Golden Century:

“Rinehart’s guitar playing is absolutely first rate and the pieces themselves are enjoyable to listen to, all of the things that make a great classical guitar album great.”  ***** (5 stars out of five) REVIEWYOU.COM

“Alan Rinehart’s The Golden Century: Lute Music From 16th Century Italy is transformative. It’s the sort of performance that can change your musical perspective, opening your mind up to new sounds and styles you may never have otherwise considered. Rinehart’s work is a thing of beauty.”  ***** (5 stars out of five) REVIEWYOU.COM