From Classical Guitar Magazine review by Steve Marsh:
“The Mysterious Guitar is subtitled A Modern Suite for Guitar and has altogether nine movements. Each movement has a descriptive title and most of them live up to the expectations conjured up by the name, hence The Woods So Dark has an ominous presence; The Stratosphere gives an “other-worldly” impression; Mysterious Journey is… just that (shades of the Swiss composer, Frank Martin in this movement) and so on.
Den Hoed obtains many of the effects by utilizing one of the guitar’s most useful features, the Campanella: this overlapping of notes seems a particular characteristic of this composer and one he uses to good effect. […]
As stated earlier, Den Hoed has recently set out to compose student guitar pieces in a “modern” mode without becoming too avant-garde and with The Mysterious Guitar suite, he has produced an attractive, interesting, stylish and relatively sizeable piece. For any student of around the Grades 5-6 mark wanting to try something substantial and musically adventurous, this is well worth considering.”