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L.A.G.Q. (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet)


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Product Details

  • Performer: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Audio CD (September 8, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B00000AG7F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The term crossover can mean many things, and, as Sony Classical has proved time and again, attempts to package classical artists as sophisticated dabblers in world music can be as embarrassing as it is, on rare occasions, stunning. On the cover of this, their Sony Classical debut recording, we have four essentially classically-trained guitarists slouching like members of a rock group. The 60-minute disc careers through music inspired by Africa, Brazil, the Balkans, Chile and Japan, with stops in reggae, jazz, and New Music along the way. Despite the obvious talent and technical skill of the L.A.G.Q.'s members, this listener found little to enjoy in this particularly watered-down and superficial-sounding repertoire. --Gwendolyn Freed

Customer Reviews

They have crafted masterpieces that any fan of classical music will be able to appreciate.
Crystal C. Loh
Integrating guitar with a subtle flourish of other accompaniment, the LAGQ have crafted an unique and very listenable album.
Clayton W. Hibbert
LAGQ has a wonderful sound and often collaborates with other musicians to achieve even better sound.
barbara r

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andrew D. Miller on December 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Unfortunately, Amazon's reviewer is sadly uninformed about the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet's history in doing exactly what they have mastered on this CD- dabbling. While not every track is a smash hit, when the quartet is on, they're really on. Their African Suite and Klezmer Dances are dazzling, and these guys have done this sort of thing before: everything from the Main Street Parade to the Nutcracker Suite to a hoedown on previous recordings. L.A.G.Q. is LAGQ at their best- don't let Amazon's review fool you.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Adam Shandler (shandler.dhrdc@att.net) on November 17, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you're just looking for guitar music; perhaps a performer sitting in a folding chair in a dark theater strumming away, then don't buy this album. But if you're the kind of guitar advocate who wants to finish listening to a CD and say "I'm full," then give your ears (and soul) a treat with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet's L.A.G.Q. The album jetsets the listener around the world beginning with two very clever African tunes and then hastens for Japanese, Brazilian, Italian and Eastern European shores. And there are no egos on this album. Each of the group's members rotate in showcasing their adept at the instrument. What makes the album even more enjoyable though, is its open-door policy with guest musicians: virtuosos at their respective crafts. With these guests, LAGQ achieves its goal, painting the musical landscape of each geographic destination.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Spencer Stejskal on December 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If one truly loves the versatility and beauty of the guitar than this album, and the entire repetior of the LAGQ, is an invaluable asset. They yet again astounded me with their fearless headfirst dive into uncharted territory with dazzling effects. I thoroughly enjoyed this CD and seriously question the reliability of any reviewer who considers this album "watered down."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Crystal C. Loh on January 27, 2003
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This is the first album by LAGQ that I bought, and actually they are the reason that I got onto Amazon.com- I couldn't find their album anywhere here in Canada. They are truly an amazing group, and they bring out the passion and vibrancy, the energy and life, and the mystique that is possessed by the relatively simple-looking guitar. The African Suite and Farewell to Stromness are by far my most loved tracks on this album. They have crafted masterpieces that any fan of classical music will be able to appreciate. This is a listening experience you won't regret!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Clayton W. Hibbert on August 24, 1999
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Integrating guitar with a subtle flourish of other accompaniment, the LAGQ have crafted an unique and very listenable album. The compositions are often surprising, alternately delicate and boisterous, and always masterfully played.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 25, 1998
Format: Audio CD
LAGQ is doing for a guitar quartet what the Kronos did for strings. It takes music from all over the world; Africa, Europe,South America and the U.S. and makes it sound as if they were playing the instruments of those areas. Using guitars that produce bell tones or drums (together with a bongoist) or becoming a full klezmer band with a clarinetist. They create sounds never heard before from guitars and rhythyms that make one feel that you are in Africa, South America, Eastern Europe or jazzy U.S.A. The exquisite classical technique of the four players is apparent and their ability to tranform that into this musical travelogue of the world makes this album a treasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By barbara r on July 13, 2009
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LAGQ has a wonderful sound and often collaborates with other musicians to achieve even better sound. But their skill in transcribing the greatest music to sound even better on 4 guitars is amazing. And then to take classical pieces -- and not so classical pieces, such as Klezmer, New Age, Jazz-- and make it incredibly richer in rhythms and sonic variations! The combination of classical with all sorts of other music make this album a sure pleaser to all sorts of audiences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 2003
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This is one of LAGQ's best CDs. My favorite tracks are the African, Klezmer, and South American pieces. There's plenty of variety, along with different accompanying instruments and sound devices.
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