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Cuatro

A Tribute to the Music of Spain

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Aquarelle Guitar Quartet



Venue:

80 HERTZ Studios, Manchester



Producer:

Aquarelle Guitar Quartet


Ralph Couzens

(Executive)

Engineer:

Mark White


George Atkins

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Guitar


Chamber

Total Time - 55:23
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FERNANDO SOR

(1778-1839)
1 

Grand Solo, Op. 14 (c. 1810)

9:24
  for Guitar  
  Arranged for four guitars by Sérgio Assad (b. 1952)  
  Andante - Allegro - [ ] - Tempo I [Allegro]  
 

NIKOLAI ANDREYEVICH RIMSKY-KORSAKOV

(1844-1908)
 

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 (1887)

15:01  
  for Orchestra  
  Arranged for four guitars by William Kanengiser (b. 1959)  
2 I Alborada. Vivo e strepitoso - 1:14
3 II Variazioni. Andante con moto - Poco meno mosso- Tempo I 4:25
4 III Alborada. Vivo e strepitoso - 1:14
5 IV Scena e canto gitano. Allegretto - 4:49
6 V Fandango asturiano - 3:18
  Coda. Vivace assai - Presto  
 

ISAAC ALBENIZ

(1860-1909)
7 

La vega (1897)

14:59
  Fantaisie espagnole  
  for Piano  
  Arranged for four guitars by David Roe (b. 1955)  
  Allegretto - Andante  
 

IAN KROUSE

(b. 1956)
8 

Folias, Op. 33a (1922)

16:00
  (Guitar Quartet No. 4)  
  Twenty-seven variations on 'La folía'  
  Coda. [ ] - Poco meno mosso  


 The Aquarelle Guitar Quartet is a dynamic and innovative ensemble known for its expansive repertoire and groundbreaking work in developing the guitar quartet medium. Of this album, focussing on the music of Spain, the Quartet writes: ‘Spain is the spiritual home of the classical guitar, and its music makes an irreplaceable contribution to the instrument’s repertoire... Our own homage to this country’s musical tradition is made up of four works that span 182 years in composition and are inspired by centuries of music.’ The Grand Solo by the virtuoso guitarist and composer Fernando Sor has here been skilfully arranged by Sergio Assad. Based on Spanish folk tunes, Capriccio espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov is a colourful and flamboyant work that suggests a strong Mediterranean character. The piano works of Isaac Albéniz are particularly suited to arrangement for guitar, and the late impressionistic work La Vega, recorded here, is no exception. Folías by Ian Krouse represents one of the oldest musical themes on record, ‘La folia’, which means mad or empty-headed, possibly due to its connection to a fast and noisy dance in which participants seemed out of their minds.

 “… As with the AGQ’s previous three albums, not only are the playing and overall ensemble razor-sharp but every tone colour available to a guitarist is exploited to the full …”

William Yeoman – Gramophone magazine – January 2014


 ",,, ’Cuatro’ is perhaps the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet’s finest recording to date an a worthy tribute not just to the music of Spain but to the true srt of the guitar quartet."

Robert Levett - International Record Review - January 2014




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