2014 November 2 by admin
Spanish Dances, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet’s latest album, has just received a rave review by the Nov/Dec issue of American Record Guide, a classical music magazine active since 1935. The review, written by Kenneth Keaton, refers to the ensemble as “one of the world’s finest guitar quartets”, praising the arrangements by Tadeu do Amaral and adding that the music “just make one feel good, bathing in beauty.” The CD was released in April and it was the BGQ’s sixth album on Delos. It features music by Spanish masters Albéniz, Granados, Turina, de Falla, Rodrigo and Mompou. More information about the album and where to purchase it can be seen here.
2014 January 13 by admin
The Brazilian Guitar Quartet embarks on another tour in the United States, a country that hosts BGQ concerts since the early years of the group. This time the appearances will concentrate mostly on the east coast, including the states of Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and Maine, besides Arizona and Iowa. The tour programs alternate between music by Heitor Villa-Lobos (from the group’s 2011 Latin Grammy winner CD) and Spanish composers such as Granados, Albéniz, de Falla and Rodrigo. During the concerts, a pre-release version of BGQ’s new CD Spanish Dances – scheduled to be officially released in April – will be available to the audiences.
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 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.