X.P. El País, 30.11.2006

“This music is almost always intensely intimate, very often, a lonely music, but it links up perfectly with the best Catalan lied tradition. Maia Planas is accompanied by the pianist Sergi Cuenca. Ms Plana’s singing is impeccable and she displays a true understanding of the text. Here is a welcome addition to the repertory…”

M.J. El País 08.06.2006

“ .. ..a handful of beautiful and heart-felt songs. These songs display both the fine qualities of a modern classic and a full-fledged Mediterranean color that brims over and surpasses the words themselves.”

M.C.P., Revista Musical Catalana, January 07

“More than anything else, the music of Antoni Parera Fons is Mediterranean, an indispensable  and perfect feature if one wants to set the poetry of the two great poets to music. He manages to maintain the poetry’s rhythm as well as the power of declamation with the suitable emphasis–very well performed by the warm voice of soprano Maia Planas, singing in her middle range. The verses are themselves pure music. Here Parera Fons displays his compositional know-how, an intelligence which he humbly uses to create his timeless works, with a rich palette of suggestive colors to describe a few timeless feelings and emotions.”

Poesía contemporánea
Emili Gené, Última Hora, 12.5.2006

“A disturbing journey back to the past. To an age when the Lied, indeed, music itself, could thoughtfully express any feeling. Even when I was young, I never understood how Serafí Nebot– who sang in the venerable pop-group los Javaloyas–could sing a sad song such as Tot ja és mort, when Majorca was nothing but endless beaches and a playground for the sexual revolution. Romanticism (like everything else in Majorca got here late), a family of writers related to each other through the same kind of inspiration…You’ll find all this and more on what you might call a fin-du siècle recording. A little dated, perhaps, but all classics; the close of a century is symbolic, its end is a metaphor for death. Seclusion, feeling yourself let-down, loneliness–all these feeling are here in the poetry of our most classic poets. Who cares if there were some great times (Anacreòntica) or paternalistic feelings towards young people (Als joves), the general tone in all these songs is inevitably melancholic and very touching. Reflexive and introspective, in a mature way that only those whose experiences elicit pain. That’s why I especially like Defalliment: pure serenity. The fact of the matter is, the music Parera Fons wrote is a translation as well as a homage to a poetry that’s filled with intimate images and landscapes. So, the voice always dominates the piano no matter how difficult some passages are for the piano, no matter how suggestive the accompaniments are. Sergi Cuenca is perfect in this role: expressive, but never too much, never too little, just right. A good performer for an extraordinary singer. From the very first note of the recording till the very last one, she’s always right in there, Art, real art, is ageless, and Maia Planas displays exquisite technique, vocal versatility (anywhere from blasting us out of our seats to the quietest recitative and a transparent vocal power. This recording is a lesson in geography, but, even more a lesson in history and emotions. With so many moments of silence, and any number of  nuances, this recording will certainly require more than one hearing.”