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Minneapolis Guitar Quartet: Thrum Catalog Number: #858 Innova Recordings

Thrum

Daniel Bernard Roumain

Ghetto Strings

David Evan Thomas

Thrum

Van Stiefel

Cinema Castaneda

Gao Hong

Guangxi Impression

 

 

Review: "The MGQ's playing is faultless. They are expressive, with a large dynamic and timbral range, perfect ensemble, and an inventive approach to these quite different pieces." - Ken Keaton, American Record Guide

 

 

 

 


Dances of Spain and Argentina: Works by Granados, Ginastera, Lambert, Bach, Davies
Catalogue number - MGQ CD-0041

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Dances of Spain and Argentina

Alberto Ginastera

Danza del viejo boyero
Danza de la moza donosa
Danza del gaucho matrero (3:31 -- download)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Toccata, BWV 912 (excerpt, 3:44 -- download)

Jeff Lambert

Minnesota Winter (4:06)

Chicago Summer

Enrique Granados

Prelude
Añoranza
Ecos de la Parranda
Vascongada (excerpt, 1:31 -- download)

Marcha Oriental
Zambra (excerpt, 3:03 -- download)

Zapateado

Peter Maxwell Davies

Farewell to Stromness


Review:
Danza Argentinas (Ginastera) - “work wonderfully for quartet”;
Toccata, BWV 921 (Bach) - “a marvelous transcription…a very clever arrangement”;
Six Pieces on Spanish Folksongs (Ginastera) – “tests the limits of the players-indeed of the guitar at times-but works very well in the end”;
Farewell to Stromness (Maxwell Davies) – “played beautifully”;
Two Pieces (Lambert) – “Lambert’s pieces, especially the exquisite Minnesota Winter, are very welcome”
Albert Kunze, Soundboard Magazine


Minneapolis Guitar Quartet: Pictures at an Exhibition compact disc GSP 1026CD GSP Recordings

Pictures at an Exhibition

Astor Piazolla

Windy (3:51 -- download)

Tango para una Ciudad, Part 1
Tango para una Ciudad, Part 2

Isaac Albeniz

Evocacion
El Puerto
El Albaicin

Modest Mossorgsky

Pictures at an Exhibition (Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks, 1:15 -- download)


Review: "Honestly, this is the best arrangement of these 16 movements (Pictures at an Exhibition) I have heard...While staying true to the original sense of the pieces, the Quartet brings fresh colors and lyricism...The works by Piazzolla are rendered with great sensitivity to his genius of taking traditional elements and melding them with the modern." www.minor7th.com


Minneapolis Guitar Quartet: Over Land and Sea compact disc Catalogue#: TROY 339, Albany Records

Over Land and Sea

Sergio Assad

Uarekena

Maria Kalaniemi

Two Finnish Pieces (Hermannin Riili, 3:07 -- download)

Igor Stravinski

Five Easy Pieces

Federico Moreno Torroba

Estampas

David Crittenden

A Scottish Fantasy

Stephen Funk Pearson

Elassomorph


Review: "With this CD, the MGQ demonstrates that it is one of the major guitar ensembles in the world...The playing on this CD is exemplary: by turns exuberant or delicate, the group always makes a strong statement."
James Reid, Soundboard Magazine


New Works for Guitar Quartet compact disc cover
Catalogue#: TROY 207 Albany Records

New Works for Guitar Quartet

David Kechley

Voices from the Garden

Leo Brouwer

Cuban Landscape with Rumba

Leslie Bassett

Narratives

Naomi Sekiya

Tobila

Janika Vandervelde

Genesis V

Elanor Hovda

Armonia


Review: A winning collection of new classical pieces commissioned by this superb nylon-string ensemble. Besides sounding great in their own right, the music by the six composers represented here shares common traits (virile rhythms, hyperactive antiphonal scoring and an ability to be tuneful without getting dippy) that bode well for the future of the increasingly popular four-guitar medium. – Guitar Player Magazine


Bonus Live Music Samples

O. Nicholas Raths

White Out (2:40 -- download)

Henry Purcell

Sonata #6