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Bluetongue / Guitar Trek


Release Date: 06/12/2020 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8579060  
Composer:  Nigel WestlakeRichard CharltonPhilip HoughtonPhillip Houghton,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guitar Trek
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Australia’s premier guitar quartet Guitar Trek reflects life in modern Australia with a programme that showcases works of immense color and rhythmic vitality. The album includes the rich melodic and nostalgic quality of Richard Charlton’s Five Tails in Cold Blood (including the eponymous ‘Bluetongue’); the driving energy and shifting timbres of Nigel Westlake’s Six Fish that adds the distinctive sound of the 12-string guitar and dobro to the mix; and at its heart the music of Philip Houghton, one of the most original and poetically imaginative guitar composers of our time. The energy, enthusiasm and affection of Australian quartet Guitar Trek for its artistic mission surrounds this recording like an attractive aura. The album highlights Read more some of the best guitar quartets written by Australian composers for Guitar Trek and others over the past 30 years; the all-Australian-made instruments used by the quartet adding further synergy to the whole. This recording has extra personal meaning to the ensemble as it serves as a homage to two very close friends of the group who have passed away in recent times: composer Phillip Houghton, four of whose works form the core of the programme, and luthier Graham Caldersmith whose instruments are featured on the release. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Six Fish, for guitar quartet by Nigel Westlake
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guitar Trek
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2003; Australia 
2.
Quartet for Guitars No. 8, "Five Tails in Cold Blood" by Richard Charlton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guitar Trek
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2017; Australia 
3.
Nocturne, for ensemble by Philip Houghton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guitar Trek
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; Australia 
Notes: version for guitar quartet 
4.
Opals, for 4 guitars by Philip Houghton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guitar Trek
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1993, rev. 1994; Australia 
5.
News from Nowhere by Phillip Houghton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guitar Trek
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1992; Australia 
6.
Wave Radiance, for ensemble by Philip Houghton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guitar Trek
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2002; Australia 
Notes: version for guitar quartet 
7.
Bleached Memories by Elena Kats-Chernin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guitar Trek
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2001; Australia 

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