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Brazilian Guitar Quartet

Brazilian Guitar Quartet

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Precision, balance, tone. The Grammy Award-winning Brazilian Guitar Quartet are regarded as one of the world's leading guitar ensembles, presenting virtuosic performances of their own unique arrangements of music from Villa-Lobos to Bach. Their combination of six- and eight-string guitars brings a unique colour and dynamism to their sparkling performances.

 

Biography

Winner of the 2011 Latin Grammy Award in the “best classical album” category, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet has established itself as one of world’s leading guitar ensembles. Praised by the Washington Post for its “seductive beauty” and “virtuosic gusto,” the group’s unique combination, of regular six-string and extended-range, eight-string guitars, allows for the exploration of an original and unusual repertoire. In their more than ten years of activity, the BGQ has performed over 250 concerts in the Americas, Europe and Asia, often receiving ecstatic audience responses, garnering rave reviews, and meeting sold-out halls.

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Reviews

"A world-class degree of precision, near-perfect balance and sensitive musicality…"

Los Angeles Times

 

"Everything came together beautifully: the ensemble was tight, the contrapuntal interplay was crisp, and the closing Badinerie was as lively as one could want. The quartet played… engagingly and with a virtuosic flair."

The New York Times

 

"The Brazilian Guitar Quartet is a unique musical group… What does it sound like? In a word, it is magnificent. In this recording they take on Albéniz’ masterpiece Iberia. The extra pitch ranges at the bottom and top mean there is no compromise because of crowding the music into the available octaves of the standard guitar, and the tone colors, of which pianists can only dream, can be exploited with beautiful effect… The quartet members are effortlessly virtuosic on their parts, preternaturally unified, have gorgeous arrangements of the score, and deliver an outstanding interpretation… It must suffice to say that each of the twelve movements has never sounded better to this listener."

Soundboard

 

"If a single word could sum up the Brazilian Guitar Quartet’s concert… it would be “exquisite”. But even that superlative doesn’t begin to express the superb subtlety of the Brazilian ensemble… The Bach overture was a marvel of shimmering, airy structure in the quartet’s hands… [After this] it seemed impossible for the quartet to surpass-or even match-itself. But it did, magnificently and more muscularly, in Heitor Villa-Lobos’s soaring Bachianas Brasileiras No.1… The quartet shifted seamlessly from notes that evoked shadowy exoticism to passages that captured the pulse of the Latin civilization, dancing in sunshine… Camargo Guarnieri’s colorful Quarteto No.2 showcased the quartet’s remarkable ability to blend their strings into a single, passionate voice… Two quicksilver works by Francisco Mignone… explored new aspects of the absolutely atmospheric world of the Brazilian quartet and underlined their essential brilliance… the audience wouldn’t let them go; standing ovations brought them back to the stage for two encores."

Daytona Beach News Journal

 

"The BGQ could not have made a more powerful case for the guitar as an ensemble instrument… stunning playing… [The Villa-Lobos] was brilliantly done… All the little interpretative touches… made something special of [the two Albeniz pieces]; that tiny chord at the end of the first, for instance, perfectly timed and deliciously delivered… [the three pieces Mignone pieces were] full of vigour and breathtaking ensemble work. Three sparkling encores ended a concert that must have left the festival’s director Allan Neave reassured that the considerable outlay in bringing this extraordinary group across the Atlantic was fully justified."

The Courier

 

"At last, a 100% Brazilian product emerges from the beaten path!… The quartet gives free rein to its virtuosity [in the Gomes]… the [Villa-Lobos] transcription is ingenious: the voices are distributed within a wide scope that preserves the work’s dynamism and even fire… the ensemble is impressive in the lightness and precision of its tutti, in its attacks and silences… this undertaking is all the more worthy because it will not fail to inspire listeners to quench their curiosity and expand their collection of composers still under-recognized in our latitudes."

Les Cahiers de la Guitare et de la Musique

 

"This talented group produced heartwarming, stylish and acutely empathetic interpretations of their Brazilian musical heritage"

Adelaide Advertiser

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Discography

The Brazilian Guitar Quartet plays Villa-Lobos

 

Winner 'Best Classical Album', Latin Grammys 2011


This is BGQ’s first CD entirely devoted to Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), represented here by some of his masterworks arranged for guitar quartet. Get to know the multiple profiles of the composer who was responsible for combining classical, folk and popular Brazilian music in a single personal and distinctive style, summed up in his famous declaration “I am folklore!”.

Delos DE 3409

 

 

 

 

 

Isaac Albeniz: Suite Iberia

 

BGQ’s fourth CD presents Isaac Albéniz masterpiece “Suite Iberia”, for the first time arranged for guitar quartet. The work captures the sounds, landscapes and traditions of Spain, most notably of Andalusia – the birthplace of the flamenco culture – offering the listener a musical voyage through some of this country’s rich cultural heritage. This vibrant arrangement preserves the work’s essence, while giving it a whole new perspective through the voice of the guitar, Spain’s national instrument.

Delos DE 3364

 

 

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Concerts:

 

The National Concert Hall Dublin

27 Oct, 3pm, €30


The Brazilian Guitar Quartet take to Dublin's National Concert Hall for a Sunday matinee on 27 October, as part of the Latin American Music weekend.

The BGQ take the listener on a musical journey with 3 African Folk Dances by Villa-Lobos, four Spanish dances by Manuel de Falla, Azulejos by Isaac Albéniz and El Fandango de Candil and El Pelele by Enrique Granados. Winners of the 2011 Latin Grammy Award in the 'best classical album' category, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet has established itself as one of the world's leading guitar ensembles. Praised for its "seductive beauty" and "virtuosic gusto" by the Washington Post, the group's unique combination of regular six-string and extended-range eight-string guitars allows for the exploration of an unusual and truly original repertoire.

Programme:

Heitor Villa-Lobos - 3 African Folk Dances

Heitor Villa-Lobos - String Quartet No. 12

Manuel de Falla - 4 Spanish Pieces

Isaac Albéniz - Azulejos

Enrique Granados - El Fandango de Candil and El Pelel

 
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