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Brazilian Guitar Quartet Plays Villa-Lobos

Brazilian Guitar Quartet , Villa-Lobos , -- Audio CD
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listen  1. Suite floral (arr. T. do Amaral): I. Idilio na Rede 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Suite floral (arr. T. do Amaral): II. Uma Camponeza Cantadeira 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Suite floral (arr. T. do Amaral): III. Alegria na Horta 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Cirandas (arr. T. do Amaral): A canoa virou (The Canoe Capsized) 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Cirandas (arr. T. do Amaral): A Condessa (The Countess) 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Cirandas (arr. T. do Amaral): Terezinha de Jesus (Little Teresa of Jesus) 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. String Quartet No. 5 (arr. T. do Amaral): I. Poco Andantino 6:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. String Quartet No. 5 (arr. T. do Amaral): II. Vivo e energico 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. String Quartet No. 5 (arr. T. do Amaral): III. Andantino 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. String Quartet No. 5 (arr. T. do Amaral): IV. Allegro 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Dancas caracteristicas africanas (arr. T. do Amaral): No. 1. Farrapos 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Dancas caracteristicas africanas (arr. T. do Amaral): No. 2. Kankukus 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Dancas caracteristicas africanas (arr. T. do Amaral): No. 3. Kankikis 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Cirandas (arr. T. do Amaral): A procura de uma agulha (Hunting for a Needle) 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Cirandas (arr. T. do Amaral): Senhora Dona Sancha (Madame Dona Sancha) 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Cirandas (arr. T. do Amaral): Que lindos olhos! (What Beautiful Eyes) 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. String Quartet No. 12 (arr. T. do Amaral): I. Allegro 6:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. String Quartet No. 12 (arr. T. do Amaral): II. Andante malinconico 6:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. String Quartet No. 12 (arr. T. do Amaral): III. Allegretto leggiero 5:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. String Quartet No. 12 (arr. T. do Amaral): IV. Allegro ben ritmato 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Conductor: --
  • Composer: Villa-Lobos
  • Audio CD (January 25, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B004DIPL5E
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2011 Latin GRAMMY Winner: Best Classical Album --Latin Recording Academy, 2011

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The works of Heitor Villa-Lobos are among the most significant and influential in the classical guitar repertoire. His compositions are commonplace on the concert stage for their unique, yet widely accessible, melodic and harmonic content. Most guitarists, however, are far less familiar with the rest of Villa-Lobos' vast oeuvre, which spans several instruments, including works for solo piano, string quartet, and full orchestra. In their recent release, the members of the Brazilian Guitar Quartet draw upon their skill and experience as they endeavour to introduce a diverse collection of these works to the guitar community. Formed in 1999, the BGQ are seasoned, world-class performers, and they navigate these complex arrangements with artistry and grace. Also of note is that two of the BGQ guitarists perform on eight-string classical guitars. This unusual setup greatly expands their range in terms of pitch and texture, of which they take full advantage. The BGQ selected a varied cross section of works, spanning Villa-Lobos' entire life and the evolution of his compositional style. I was particularly taken with the various 'Cirandas' offered throughout the disc. Each Ciranda is a Brazilian folk song that Villa-Lobos arranged for instrumental performance. For me, the appeal was found in the interplay between the traditional folk melodies and the composer's supporting content, which was always charming and creative, and was often quite unexpected. Arranging music for guitar ensemble is an art in and of itself, and the BGQ's arrangements are natural and satisfying. The works they selected translate particularly well to four guitars, and honour the spirit of the original versions. Anyone who has been drawn to the works of Villa-Lobos in the past will certainly enjoy this unique offering.

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5.0 out of 5 stars 4 GARCONS DANS LE TEMPS ! October 18, 2011
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Loué par le Washington Post pour leur "beauté séduisante» et leur «goût virtuose», le Bresilian Guitar Quartet (BGQ) s'est imposé comme l'un des ensembles de guitares de premier plan. Dans leur propre pays, où la guitare est l'instrument national, ils sont connus comme la "Dream Team". Il s'agit ici, de leur premier album entièrement consacré au plus adoré des compositeurs brésiliens, dans des arrangements originaux dont il sont les auteurs.

Dans le livret, Gil Jardim spécialiste du compositeur souligne que «l'exubérance et la simplicité» sont les marques, à la fois de la musique de Villa-Lobos lui-même, et de cette belle collection d'arrangements pour quatuor de guitares. «Je suis étonné par la qualité exceptionnelle du quatuor de guitare brésilienne ... Cet enregistrement est un reflet authentique de la façon dont Villa-Lobos aimait la musique ... [et] fournit l'occasion d'apprécier la manière dont les timbres multiples de la guitare révèlent avec tact les nuances et l'expérience musicale. "

Ce Quatuor de guitares a été acclamé pour ses enregistrements et a remporté de nombreux prix (Classique "Critics Choice," Billboard "Best of the Year», Audiophile Audition). Deux de ses précédents albums, "Essencia do Brasil" et "Encantamento", offrent une polychromie de la musique brésilienne. Leur plus récent album, Albeniz "Iberia", a été salué comme "historique" au Brésil.

Belle découverte.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRQ strikes again March 23, 2011
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Brazilian Guitar Quartet plays Villa-Lobos DELOS

Heitor Villa-Lobos was a prolific composer of orchestral and chamber music, opera and film scores. His music was a unique blend of modern European classical music, Brazilian folk song and African and Native American dance rhythms, as can be seen in the breadth of repertoire presented in this collection. Beginning with "Suite Floral", a Debussy-esque piece for piano, it includes "The Cirandas", based on children's folksong and circle dance, "Dancas Caracteristicas Africanas", orchestrated African folk dances, and his 5th and 12th quartets for strings. The success of this European/New World mixture made Villa-Lobos one of the most influential composers in Latin America.

The Brazilian Guitar Quartet is the perfect match for the complex music of this composer. Their use of two 8 string guitars to augment the standard 6 string models gives them an extended tonal range that helps make their arrangements of even Villa-Lobos' orchestral music less constricted than the adaptations done by other guitar quartets. Add to this their exquisite taste and flawless technique and it's small wonder that they've become one of the foremost groups of their kind in the world.

Interesting and challenging music, expertly recorded and performed by world class virtuosos. Highly recommended, 10 out of 10. Oscar O. Veterano
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5.0 out of 5 stars New arrangements of Villa's music, beautifully played January 28, 2011
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The music of Villa-Lobos has always attracted arrangers, including the composer himself. Villa adapted his own works in a multitude of formats; his first thoughts about musical ideas were rarely his last. There is so much interesting music to adapt beyond the usual Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras #5 (which is out there in so many versions, including harmonica, saxophone, and percussion) and the Little Train movement from BB #2 (a favourite of marching bands and even reggae groups).

The Brazilian Guitar Quartet included an arrangement of the entire Bachianas Brasileiras #1 in a previous CD "Essencia do Brasil" which I thought worked out very well. The new BGQ Plays Villa-Lobos CD includes a wide selection of music originally written for piano and chamber ensemble, arranged by Tadeu do Amaral for four guitars. The music is selected and presented to show off Villa's music and the group's musicianship to best advantage. There are a variety of infectious rhythms, some sweet and sad melodies, moments of modernist angularity, and transcendent beauty from one of Villa's greatest chamber works.

While Villa-Lobos often composed at the piano, and he wrote a host of amazing, idiomatic pieces for the instrument, his native instrument was the guitar. His nickname as a member of a choroes group was "classical guitar". His few pieces for guitar loom so large in the music for guitar, and he often imitates the guitar in his piano works and even his orchestral music. When he wrote music for harp (besides his 1953 Harp Concerto, he wrote some very important chamber works with harp, especially in the 1920s) he was often thinking of the guitar: "I played the harp from my experience with the guitar", he once said.
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