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Los Angeles Guitar Quartet - Latin


Release Date: 09/24/2002 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80593   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  StingEduardo MartinAstor PiazzollaEgberto Gismonti,   ... 
Performer:  Tim TimmermansJohn DearmanWilliam KanengiserScott Tennant,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Anyone who loves guitar music and appreciates virtuosity times four--in the form of the impressive mastery of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet--will love this CD, whose program features works and arrangements that capitalize on the instrument's associations with and natural compatibility for Spanish and Latin American musical styles. The opening--an arrangement of Sting's "Fragile"--is a perfect attention-getter, its gentle, distant riff growing with steady insistence until we're completely drawn into the heart of the song, whose atmosphere is enhanced by subtle interjections of percussion. Astor Piazzolla's Fuga y Misterio is--as are most of these selections--a real tour de force that requires the highest levels of technique, Read more energy, and ensemble precision. Brouwer's Cuban Landscape with Rain gets the rain effects right, but at nearly seven minutes begins to wear out its welcome long before the piece is over. This also is the problem with LAGQ-member Andrew York's own Syzygy, where he uses up his ideas before he's willing to let go of them. Along the way, however, the playing is phenomenal, and you easily can understand why it's such a treat to hear this ensemble live.


And speaking of treats, the duet Sevillanas--a traditional flamenco piece played by Scott Tennant and John Dearman, with their ensemble-mates providing excellent rhythmic hand-clapping ("palmas")--is a definite highlight, along with the ever-popular concert favorite Carmen Suite (arranged by the LAGQ's William Kannengiser). My only real question-mark comes with the sound perspective. Although you can't argue with the clarity nor with many of the spatial (antiphonal and distance) effects--certainly conscious production decisions in this studio-made effort--I found the instruments generally too close for comfortable extended listening and wished for more depth to the stage. However, I realize that many listeners will appreciate the sound for these very reasons and will especially enjoy the sonic illusion of two guitarists sitting in the space between the speakers.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fragile by Sting
Performer:  Tim Timmermans (Percussion), John Dearman (Guitar), William Kanengiser (Guitar),
Scott Tennant (Guitar), Andrew York (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1986 
Notes: Arranged: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet 
2.
Hasta Alicia Baila by Eduardo Martin
Performer:  John Dearman (Guitar), Scott Tennant (Guitar), Andrew York (Guitar),
William Kanengiser (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Studio A, O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3.
María de Buenos Aires: Fuga y misterio by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  John Dearman (Guitar), Scott Tennant (Guitar), William Kanengiser (Guitar),
Andrew York (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; Argentina 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Studio A, O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: A. Cagaly 
4.
Forrobodo by Egberto Gismonti
Performer:  John Dearman (Guitar), Scott Tennant (Guitar), William Kanengiser (Guitar),
Andrew York (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Studio A, O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA 
Length: 6 Minutes 16 Secs. 
5.
Cuban landscape with rain by Leo Brouwer
Performer:  John Dearman (Guitar), Scott Tennant (Guitar), William Kanengiser (Guitar),
Andrew York (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
6.
La Trampa by Eduardo Martin
Performer:  John Dearman (Guitar), William Kanengiser (Guitar), Scott Tennant (Guitar),
Andrew York (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Studio A, O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
7.
Three Latin American Sketches: no 2, Paisaje mexicana by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Andrew York (Guitar), John Dearman (Guitar), William Kanengiser (Guitar),
Scott Tennant (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Studio A, O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: William Kanengiser 
8.
Three Latin American Sketches: no 3, Danza de Jalisco by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Andrew York (Guitar), John Dearman (Guitar), Scott Tennant (Guitar),
William Kanengiser (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Studio A, O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: William Kanengiser 
9.
Sevillanas by Traditional
Performer:  John Dearman (Guitar), Scott Tennant (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Studio A, O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Scott Tennant 
10.
Syzygy by Andrew York
Performer:  John Dearman (Guitar), Scott Tennant (Guitar), James Walker (Flute),
Andrew York (Guitar), William Kanengiser (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Studio A, O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA 
Length: 7 Minutes 43 Secs. 
11.
Carmen: Suite no 1 - Act 4 Prelude "Aragonaise" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  William Kanengiser (Guitar), Andrew York (Guitar), Scott Tennant (Guitar),
John Dearman (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Studio A, O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: William Kanengiser 
12.
Carmen: Suite no 2 - Habañera by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Andrew York (Guitar), William Kanengiser (Guitar), Scott Tennant (Guitar),
John Dearman (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Studio A, O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: William Kanengiser 
13.
Carmen: Suite no 1 - Séguedille by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Andrew York (Guitar), William Kanengiser (Guitar), Scott Tennant (Guitar),
John Dearman (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Studio A, O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: William Kanengiser 
14.
Carmen: Suite no 1 - Act 1 Prelude "Les toréadors" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  William Kanengiser (Guitar), Scott Tennant (Guitar), Andrew York (Guitar),
John Dearman (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Studio A, O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: William Kanengiser 
15.
Carmen: Suite - Entr'acte by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Andrew York (Guitar), William Kanengiser (Guitar), John Dearman (Guitar),
Scott Tennant (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Studio A, O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: William Kanengiser 
16.
Carmen: Suite no 2 - Danse bohème by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Scott Tennant (Guitar), John Dearman (Guitar), William Kanengiser (Guitar),
Andrew York (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Studio A, O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: William Kanengiser 
17.
En Aranjuez con amor (after the second movement of the Concierto de Aranjuez) by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  William Kanengiser (Guitar), John Dearman (Guitar), Andrew York (Guitar),
Scott Tennant (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Studio A, O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Andrew York 

Sound Samples

Fragile
Hasta Alicia Baila
Fuga y Misterio
Forrobodo
Cuban Landscape with Rain
La Trampa
Paisaje Mexicano
Danza de Jalisco
Sevillanas
Syzygy
Carmen Suite: Aragonaise
Carmen Suite: Habanera
Carmen Suite: Seguidilla
Carmen Suite: Toreadors
Carmen Suite: Entr'acte
Carmen Suite: Gypsy Dance
En Aranjuez con tu amor

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