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Spanish Dances - works by de Falla, Granados, Turina, Rodrigo, Mompou, Albéniz (arr. Tadeu do Amaral for Guitar Quartet) / Brazilian Guitar Quartet

Album Summary

>Falla, Manuel de : Piezas Españolas (4) for Piano
>Granados, Enrique : Goyescas, op. 11
>Turina, Joaquin : Zapateado, for piano (Danzas andaluzas no 3), Op. 8/3
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Sonata de adios, for piano ("Homenaje a Paul Dukas")
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Pieces (4) for piano
>Mompou, Federico : Cançons i dansas (14)
>Falla, Manuel de : La Vida Breve
>Albéniz, Isaac : Azulejos, for piano, B. 50
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In this, the 2011 Latin Grammy winning Brazilian Guitar Quartets sixth album on Delos, the ensemble pays homage to its rich and varied heritage as exemplified by the music of Spain which, in turn, gave rise to Latin American music. With roots going back more than a millennium, the nations wide ranging regional musical styles are most idiomatically represented by the more than 1,000 dance forms native to the Iberian peninsula. The albums eighteen bewitching selections mostly dances are derived primarily from piano works by six of the best known 20thcentury Spanish composers: Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla, Enrique Granados, Joaquin Rodrigo, Federico Mompou and Joaquin Turina. The BGQ, while best known for its brilliant interpretations of Latin American music, shines brightly in this repertoire having a special flair for the quintessential Spanish sound and spirit. They offer the richest sonic depth and range of any guitar quartet, thanks to the use of two eight string guitars: sonorities that are thrillingly captured in Delos exceptional, audiophile grade sound.

In this, the 2011 Latin Grammy-winning Brazilian Guitar Quartet's sixth album on Delos, the ensemble pays homage to its rich and varied heritage as exemplified by the music of Spain - which, in turn, gave rise to Latin American music. With roots going back more than a millennium, the nation's wide-ranging regional musical styles are most idiomatically represented by the more than 1,000 dance-forms native to the Iberian peninsula. The album's eighteen bewitching selections - mostly dances - are derived primarily from piano works by six of the best-known 20th-century Spanish composers: Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla, Enrique Granados, Joaquin Rodrigo, Federico Mompou and Joaquin Turina. The BGQ, while best known for its brilliant interpretations of Latin American music, shines brightly in this repertoire - having a special flair for the quintessential Spanish sound and spirit. They offer the richest sonic depth and range of any guitar quartet, thanks to the use of two eight-string guitars: sonorities that are thrillingly captured in Delos' exceptional, audiophile-grade sound.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Another superb recording by one of the world's finest guitar quartets. I reviewed enthusiastically their Villa-Lobos disc (J/A 2011). The Grammy judges agreed with me - it earned a Grammy that year. This is every bit as fine.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Music Center, Sk (07/18/2013-07/22/2013).



Reviews

Grammy Winners Return
The Brazilian Guitar Quartet “Spanish Dances” DELOS

The return of Grammy award winners Brazilian Guitar Quartet to the recording studio is always cause for celebration. In this, their sixth album, they feature the crème de la crème of 20th century Spanish composers; Granados, de Falla, Rodrigo and more all have representative work presented here. Rooted, as they are, in the poly-cultural mix that early Spanish music has always been, most of the composers featured also show the influence, directly or indirectly, of French impressionism;
the resulting sound manages to be both modern and historically grounded.

The fact that these composition, originally written for piano, end up sounding as though they’d always been intended for guitar is largely due to the excellent arrangements of BGQ member Tadeu do Amaral. His efforts were no doubt made easier by his long standing and intimate musical association with fellow virtuosi Everton Gloeden, Luiz Mantovani and Gustavo Costa; the group’s inclusion of two
8-string guitars enhances its harmonic range and adaptability and is an innovation with precedents dating back to the mid-19 century.

“Spanish Dances” by the Brazilian Guitar Quartet is a nearly perfect encapsulation of the spirit of modern Spanish music; alternately hushed and strident, lyrical and dissonant, it remains, like the BGQ, sure enough of itself to allow for outside influences, while staying true to its original nature. Music this great should really be on everyone’s wish list.

Highest Recommendation 10 out of 10 Oscar O. Veterano



Submitted on 08/12/14 by Oscar O. Veterano 
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Works Details

>Falla, Manuel de : Piezas Españolas (4) for Piano
  • Ensemble: Brazilian Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (07/18/2013-07/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1909

>Enriqué Granados (1867 - 1916) : Goyescas, op. 11 :: El fandango de candil
  • Ensemble: Brazilian Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (07/18/2013-07/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909-1912

>Joaquín Turina (Composer) (1882 - 1949) : Zapateado, for piano (Danzas andaluzas no 3), Op. 8/3
  • Ensemble: Brazilian Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (07/18/2013-07/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) : Sonata de adiós, for piano ("Homenaje a Paul Dukas")
  • Ensemble: Brazilian Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (07/18/2013-07/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) : Pieces (4) for piano
  • Ensemble: Brazilian Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (07/18/2013-07/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Mompou, Federico : Cançons i dansas (14)
  • Ensemble: Brazilian Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (07/18/2013-07/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Mompou, Federico : Cançons i dansas (14)
  • Ensemble: Brazilian Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (07/18/2013-07/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Mompou, Federico : Cançons i dansas (14)
  • Ensemble: Brazilian Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (07/18/2013-07/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Mompou, Federico : Cançons i dansas (14)
  • Ensemble: Brazilian Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (07/18/2013-07/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Falla, Manuel de : La Vida Breve :: Danza Española no 2
  • Ensemble: Brazilian Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (07/18/2013-07/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1905-1913

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Azulejos, for piano, B. 50
  • Ensemble: Brazilian Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (07/18/2013-07/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908

>Enriqué Granados (1867 - 1916) : Goyescas, op. 11 :: El pelele
  • Ensemble: Brazilian Guitar Quartet
  • Notes: Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (07/18/2013-07/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909-1912