2013 September 2 by admin
Just after wrapping up the new album featuring Spanish music, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet gets ready for two important performances in the next couple of months. The first one will be in September at the 47o. Festival Música Nova “Gilberto Mendes”, which proposes dialogues between the music of today and the revolutionary music of the past. The festival will be held in Ribeirão Preto, hometown of quartet member Gustavo Costa.
In October, the BGQ travels to Ireland for a special performance at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, which will include music by Villa-Lobos as well as by Granados, Albéniz and de Falla. This concert will be the first appearance under the auspices of the quartet’s new European management, Lundström Arts Management.
2013 June 9 by admin
Celebrating the Summer festivals in North America, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet makes in July its first tour under the auspices of Shupp Artists Management. The tour includes a returning engagement at the Colorado Music Festival, where the BGQ performed a sold-out concert in 2009, and a Canadian appearance at Ottawa’s Music & Beyond Festival. There, the quartet will perform three different programs, featuring music by Bach, Brazilian classical composers – including music by Villa-Lobos from the 2011 Latin Grammy winner CD – and the Spanish repertoire from the soon-to-be released new BGQ album.
2013 February 12 by admin
In 2013 the Brazilian Guitar Quartet will celebrate its 15th birthday. 2013 also marks the 40th anniversary of Delos Productions, the American label through which the BGQ has released its five internationally acclaimed CDs. To celebrate these two important events, the ensemble is preparing a new album which will be recorded this May, with music by Spanish masters such as Enrique Granados, Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla and Joaquin Rodrigo.
In an attempt to repeat the success achieved with its last CD, which features works by Villa-Lobos and won the 2011 Latin Grammy for best classical album, the BGQ will return to Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, in Saratoga Springs, NY, to record with the experienced audio engineer Dan Czernecki. The hall is part of The Arthur Zankel Music Center, a cultural and educational building founded in 2010 at Skidmore College. This outstanding hall is considered by the BGQ to have the perfect acoustic for the quartet’s recordings.
The Brazilian Guitar Quartet’s new CD will be released in the last quarter of 2013.
2012 November 30 by admin
A project written by Roda Produções Artísticas and the Brazilian Guitar Quartet has just been selected to perform a 10-concert tour in São Paulo state, Brazil, during 2013. The tour, sponsored by SESI, a non-profit organization that operates throughout the country contributing to the social well-being of the industrial workers, will celebrate the 2011 Latin Grammy award, featuring an all Villa-Lobos program.
Details to be announced soon.
2012 November 26 by admin
On November 19th, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet was privileged to have a special guest among the audience of its concert at the Villa-Lobos Festival in Rio de Janeiro: the director of Lundström Arts Management – LAM, Karina Lundström, who came especially to see and hear the quartet in performance. As a result of this meeting, the BGQ signed a contract of representation in Europe and is now part of LAM’s selected roster, an international agency located in Dublin, Ireland.
For more information on Lundström Arts Management, please visit www.lundstrom-am.com
2012 August 3 by admin
T he recently released box set with all five recordings of the Brazilian Guitar Quartet for Delos has just received an excellent review by the web magazine Audiophile Audition. The site had already reviewed three of the BGQ’s albuns with great enthusiasm. Check out the full review at:
2012 June 12 by admin
The BGQ’s next appointments include two concerts in Brazil. On June 30th, the quartet will be at CPFL Cultura, in Campinas (São Paulo state), for a rare performance of Isaac Albéniz’s Suite Iberia. This is an opportunity to hear in its full one of the most important works of the Spanish repertoire for piano, majestically arranged for guitar quartet.
On July 21, the quartet will play in the most traditional classical music festival in Brazil, the Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival. Besides Albéniz, the program will feature music by Villa-Lobos, from the quartet’s last CD which won the Latin Grammy in 2011 in the “best classical album” category.
For further details, please click on the links below.
2012 April 17 by admin
The Brazilian Guitar Quartet’s Collection on Delos!
What better way for Delos to celebrate The Brazilian Guitar Quartet’s 2011 Latin GRAMMY win (for “Best Classical Album”) than to offer our legion of BGQ fans a new box set containing all five of their albums to date? Their win – for their Brazilian Guitar Quartet Plays Villa-Lobos recording (DE 3409) – confirmed BGQ’s status as one of the very finest groups of its kind worldwide. This specially priced box set will give guitar lovers everywhere an unprecedented opportunity to acquire – at very low cost – BGQ’s entire recorded output.
The BGQ – praised in the Washington Post for their “seductive beauty” and “virtuosic gusto” – has garnered enthusiastic critical acclaim for their previous four releases as well. Essencia do Brasil (DE 3245) and Encantamento (DE 3302) are enchanting and varied collections of music from leading Brazilian composers. The remaining single-composer releases are Bach: The Orchestral Suites (DE 3254) and Isaac Albéniz: Iberia (DE 3364). All five releases have been praised for their technical wizardry, spirited interpretations, and BGQ’s own superb arrangements – as well as the unique depth and richness of their sound. In guitar-loving Brazil, they proudly call BGQ their “Dream Team.” Here’s your chance to make them YOUR dream team, too – at a price that will surprise you.
Brazilian Guitar Quartet Plays Villa-Lobos
Bach: Four Suites for Orchestra
Essencia Do Brasil
Get it at Delos Store!
2012 March 27 by admin
The Brazilian Guitar Quartet is delighted to announce that starting with April 2012 it will have new representation. Shupp Artists Management, a company whose specialty is the representation of international classical soloists, chamber music and early music ensembles, will handle the BGQ career in North and South Americas. The company is based in Port Jefferson, Long Island, NY.
2011 November 16 by admin
For those of you who didn’t catch our euphoric announcements late yesterday on Twitter and Facebook, Delos is tickled pink (HOT pink!) to inform you that our very own Brazilian Guitar Quartet has just won the 2011 Latin GRAMMY award for Best Classical Album with their “Brazilian Guitar Quartet plays Villa-Lobos” release. Watch for another Delos Insider post in the near future, with more detailed commentary, an artist interview, and a special download deal from iTunes!