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Fandango: Uarekena - Guitar Music of Bodganovic, Brouwer, Assad, Grieg, Roux & Kindle

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The Fandango Guitar Quartet's debut album Uarekena focuses on an eclectic arrangement of modern guitar quartet pieces, from the pulsating cadences of Argentinean tango reflected in the music of Patrick Roux, to the haunting Brazilian melodies of Sergio Assad. Uarekena explores the Arabic influences of Dusan Bogdanovic and lively African rhythms of Jurg Kindle. The program also delves into the intricate musical landscapes of Leo Brouwer's compositions, and the orchestral ministrations of the Norwegian prodigy, Edvard Grieg.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Quatuor Fandango began in 2008 as a student guitar ensemble at the Gatineau Conservatory in western Quebec. They have had a mostly regional career to date. They are all students of Patrick Roux, and they perform two of his works, Comme un Tango and Carnaval. The arrangements from Grieg's Peer Gynt are a good example. They play the music with sensitivity and a good grasp of architecture. The release takes the title of Sergio Assad's work Uarkena a reference to a tribal region of Brazil near the Venezuelan border. It's quite a work - Assad manages to combine primitive rhythms with interesting harmonic settings, and the result is quite satisfying. The best on this release is the Brouwer. It's great to have the Cuban Landscape with Rain and Cuban Landscape with Rhumba together, both in fine performances. I recall being backstage at the Toronto Festival when the composer presented the LAGQ with the score for Rain, and I, with many other guitarists, have performed it many times over the years. Both works are treasurable. This is a fine release, and I look forward to seeing this group develop over the years.


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