Some comments from the press about his work as a performer, composer and author
“…The composer d’Ettorre features sliding phrasing with warm and doughy sounds”. Corriere della Sera, October 31, 1982
“ …A charge of interpretative wisdom and authentic emotions”. L’Osservatore Romano, October 31, 1982
“…Very vivid success…with feeling and expertise the artist performed a program full of pieces of folk inspiration…A lot of applause by the attentive and competent public”. La Sicilia, March 16, 1984
“ …A good concert for a public of connoisseurs”. Fara de Figo, August 27 1987.
“… In TriPartita for solo guitar… the solid instrumental preparation of d’Ettorre is unveiled”. Il Fromino, January 2008
“ …it is necessary to report the piece Introduzione, Notturno elegiac e Scherzo made by F. R. d’Ettorre – one of two performers – we have the pleasant surprise to the way the author and the musicians have highlighted the possibility of diluting the traditional limits of this musical instrument and also for the good timbres”. La Nazione, October 2, 1987.
“…F. R.d’Ettorre’s piece – Introduzione, Notturno elegiaco e Scherzo – it’s very pleasant. Classical Guitar 1998.
“…Without forgetting the unfailing Iberian suggestions of a very pleasant Suite Gallega, written with clever refinement by F.R. d’Ettorre himself”. L’Eco di Bergamo, November 17, 1990
“D’Ettorre’s Suite Gallega, is a very pleasant page, a flowing collection of dances on popular Galician themes with round sounds and innervated with beautiful rhythms”. Suono December 1993
“…the occasion was a pleasure to appreciate creativity of one of the components (the Trio) and precisely of F. R. d’Ettorre whose Suite Gallega on popular Galician themes, has set itself as a rich page of rhythm and colours but of substantial musical thickness. Thanks to D’Ettorre’s transcriptions, two jazz pieces of Friedrich Gulda have proved to be tasty and exiciting”. La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, October 24, 1994
“…F. R. d’Ettorre’s Suite Gallega is a 5-piece work based on the popular themes of Galicia, the western part of Spain. The thematic material is developed by the composer in a complex, lively and effective concertation writing”. Il Fromino, July 1995
“Much well done is the adaptation work on guitars of the popular Galician theme that d’Ettorre has done for himself and his companions: 5 movements of the Gallega Suite contain very interesting ideas. The use of guitar as a percussive instrument is thought as a function of music and not a fine effect to itself, although the idea is not new”. Cd Classica, July/August 1995.
“… Of the 7 tracks here presented (Rara musica del 900) the most interesting stylistically seemed to us Notturno Elegiaco and Scherzo of F.R.d’Ettorre, which is also part of the Trio”. Suono, January 1998
“… D’Ettorre’s remarkable work who has taken cared of all the arrangements of the pieces is enlivened by the interpretation of the three guitarists… The booklet, that supports the recording (Parade), has Notes to the Program and Notes on arrangements with technical expertise and sobriety followed by F. R. d’Ettorre, whose interpretation is indispensable to better understand the intention that animates this happy record-release”. Tuttochitarra, extra to Guitarclub, July 2003
“The transcriptions of D'Ettorre are realized with great craftsmanship and imagination, taking full advantage of all the resources of this kind of training (trio of guitars)”. Il Fromino, January, 2003
“…D'Ettore has an excellent sense of form, he writes very pleasing and never prolix music and is at ease in his own specific instrumental field – the guitar – that in writing for flute and clarinet … A worthy quote goes to Luci e Ombre for clarinet and guitar, that give the title to Cd and where we notice… an atmosphere ‘as the Jean Francais’ who honour the Roman composer”. Il Fromino, Juanuary 2008
“… L’Italia suonò’. Mazzini thinker, humanist, amateur musician cleverly suggested the cosmopolitan profile of Italy’s politician of the nineteenth century as it transfigures between the melodies and the protagonists of the century, interpreted by musicians, singers and choir of the conservatory in an interactive and well-rhythmic musical-theatrical performance signed by F. R. d’Ettorre”. Trentino, October the 16th 2005
“…L’Italia suonò’ is a spectacle designed by the master F. R. d’Ettorre who, mixing the reading of Mazzinian writings with the music more familiar to the Genoese patriot, puts us in front of a character full of humanity and culture… A great evening of music and theatre”. Il Tempo, June 19, 2006
“Refined and enjoyable, especially for those who love classic guitar and contemporary history, the show “Caro Millenovecento: ricordi e accordi del secolo breve” (F. R. d’Ettorre and P. B. La Fonte) …recorded the unanimous consent of the audience. On the other hand, the high level of performers in the scene (Patrizia La Fonte and the Trio Chitarristico di Roma) could in no way disappoint expectations. ….The show is fun, enthusiastic, teaches…transforming itself into a piece of civil theatre capable of actual revelations, in which musicians, sometimes actors themselves, enter the narration into a common conjunction between direct discourse and classical music”. www.teatro.org, June 2009
“Caro Millenovecento – Ricordi e accordi del secolo breve” is the fabulous performance of Fabio R. d’Ettorre and Patrizia B. La Fonte, on stage in July at the hall of the Canonica Museum of Villa Borghese in Rome, with midweek stages in neighboring countries, which has enjoyed great success at the re-educated audience to see a piece of almost theatre civilian with live music, intimate room atmosphere typical of Renaissance or Baroque moments or even further back in time. (…) The interesting novelty of the show is to trace a path to the dominion of Art tout court as a privileged fil rouge, particularly music, although it is handled with special details according to a chronological order in which the politics, scientific discoveries, and economics participate, not least, in the polyphonic (…) definition of the hundred years in question”. Quarto Potere, July 31, 2010
(Sul Cd Parade) “…an unusual and new repertoire for classical guitar thanks to the initiative of the Trio Chitarristico di Roma to present an unusual repertoire of music that lay on the border between the educated and the popular, between classical music and the song of author, academy, cabaret and cinema. (…) The Trio can recreate the right atmospheres that animate these music thanks to the beautiful transcription and the remarkable abilities of the three committed musicians”. 121 Cd for Modern Guitar, December 2010
The Masters Angelo Persichilli, Massimiliano Destro and Fabio Renato d’Ettorre are greeted by the public with enthusiasm, in an atmosphere filled with curiosity and attention to the musical theme of the evening (Mazzini in exile. Chamber music of the Risorgimento). (…) Exceptional mastery of the three very good performers, the instruments seem to get into the hands of the artists. (…) A concert that ends with the warm applause of the audience to emphasize a magnificent performance about Risorgimento on a program of absolute prestigious”. tuttoggi.info, February 22, 2011