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Leo Brouwer: Beatlerianas - Works by Lennon/McCartney arr. Brouwer and Brouwer / Carlos Barbosa-Lima: guitar; Larry Del Casale: guitar

Audio Samples

>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : From Yesterday to Penny Lane
>     7 Songs after the Beatles, for guitar & strings
>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Paisaje Cubano con Fiesta, for guitar
>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Cantilena de los Bosques, for guitar
>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Zapateo, for guitar
>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 5
>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Micropiezas (4) for 2 guitars
>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Quintet for guitar & string quartet

Album Summary

>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : From Yesterday to Penny Lane
>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Paisaje Cubano con Fiesta, for guitar
>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Cantilena de los Bosques, for guitar
>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Zapateo, for guitar
>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 5
>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Micropiezas (4) for 2 guitars
>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Quintet for guitar & string quartet
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Beatlerianas features seven classic Lennon & McCartney songs, arranged by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer for guitar and string quartet. Following their 2010 Latin GrammyR-winning ZOHO release of Brouwer' s string quartets, the Havana String Quartet now pairs with Brazilian guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima in a "guitar and strings" recital that also includes the premiere recording of Brouwer' s String Quartet No. 5.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
I'm happy to report that he's in as fine a shape as ever and, with the Havana Quartet, has given us a wonderful performance of the chamber music of one of the most important composers for guitar of this and the last century. The three solos are some of Brouwer's folklore- based music, and each is expertly played by Barbosa-Lima. Larry del Casale joins him for a performance of the Micropiezas, one of his early duos. This music is in these musicians's blood, and the performance is fine. The performance closes with Brouwer's guitar quintet. It's an early work, written when he was 18 years old. It displays a mature command of the medium and should be heard more often. Excellent performances of rarely heard music from a master composer.

Notes & Reviews:

Cuban composer Leo Brouwer has combined popular materials from the Western hemisphere with European styles in a manner related to the music of Villa-Lobos and Ginastera. The former comparison is more apt in the case of this set of pieces for guitar and string quartet, featuring the fine Cuban guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima: Brouwer is adept at stepping across the line between popular and classical, sometimes repeatedly within the same piece. There's a real find here: the Beatlerianas, which may only in the broadest sense be classed as arrangements of Beatles songs. They are constantly shifting treatments, completely unexpected yet often, in retrospect, seeming almost logically dictated by the tune. Some of them pull the music in neo-Classic or neo-Baroque directions; some are almost abstract texture studies. Yet none loses sight of the source material. It is a richly rewarding little set, probably clearer in this reduced version. Elsewhere you get a good sampling of music from various phases of Brouwer's career, tending toward popular styles (the Paisaje Cubano con Fiesta, track 8) or European and perhaps Soviet neo-Classicism (the String Quartet No. 5) but never losing sight of the opposite pole. The Micropiezas for two guitars, composed in 1957, are each about a minute long; they were supposedly written in homage to Darius Milhaud, but their intricate counterpoint and absolute economy suggest a kind of New World Mompou. The engineering from the small Zoho label in New York state is superb, and this is a deeply satisfying release on all counts.



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Works Details

>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : From Yesterday to Penny Lane :: 7 Songs after the Beatles, for guitar & strings
  • Performer: Carlos Barbosa-Lima (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Havana String Quartet
  • Running Time: 21 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1995

>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Paisaje Cubano con Fiesta, for guitar
  • Performer: Carlos Barbosa-Lima (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2007

>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Cantilena de los Bosques, for guitar
  • Performer: Carlos Barbosa-Lima (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2007

>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Zapateo, for guitar
  • Performer: Carlos Barbosa-Lima (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1973

>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 5
  • Running Time: 13 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2011

>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Micropiezas (4) for 2 guitars
  • Performers: Lawrence Casale (Guitar); Carlos Barbosa-Lima (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Quintet for guitar & string quartet
  • Performer: Carlos Barbosa-Lima (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1957