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The Aquarelle Guitar Quartet explains how 'Spirit of Brazil' came about: "Both as soloists and as a group, all four of us have been inspired by the music of Brazil. Far from being the national property of Spain, the guitar is integral to the music and culture of Brazil and in this record we have endeavored to represent a breadth of music, from the classical discipline of Villa-Lobos to the improvisational qualities of Gismonti."
... there are gems such as the successful arrangement of Villa-Lobos's Bachianas Brasileiras No 5 by former Aquarelle member Richard Safhill, and the incredible six-movement Brésils by Roland Dyens, in which the AGQ manage convincingly to sound like an Amazonian rainforest and a marching band at the Carnival de Rio. Guitarquartetophobes - your cure has arrived!
BBC Music Magazine
With outstanding playing an infectious spirit, this is no mere niche guitar CD, but a luscious and lively general-appeal winner.
International Record Review - Robert Levet
If one guitar quartet can give a traditional string quartet a run for its money in terms of abundant technique and breathtaking artistry, it is the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
American Record Guide
... this is the best Brazilian program I've heard in quite a while.
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