Brazilian Guitar Quartet

Biography

Active: 1999 - ; Sao Paulo, Brazil
The unique sound of the Brazilian Guitar Quartet (Quarteto Brasileiro de Violőes) is the result of founder Paul Galbraith's playing with the basic design of the modern acoustic guitar. Galbraith, who at the age of 17 had won the Silver Medal at the Segovia International Guitar Competition, worked with master luthier David Rubio to remodel the standard instrument. He placed an extra string both above and below the six regular strings, with the top Read more string adding a harp-like tone to the instrument's sound. When played, held upright like a cello or viola da gamba, a tail-piece rests on a resonance box, carrying its sound much further than a standard guitar.

After introducing the instrument at the 1989 Edinburg Festival, Galbraith wandered the world, finally settling in Săo Paulo, Brazil, where he and three other guitarists founded the Brazilian Guitar Quartet in 1999. "The level of guitar playing is so high here that when you have three of the outstanding Brazilian guitar virtuosi playing within a quartet, you have something very special indeed," he said. The other founding members were brothers Edelton and Everton Gloeden, and Tadeu do Amaral. The quartet proved an immediate success with its first disc, Essęncia do Brasil, and then again for its own arrangement of the Bach Orchestral Suites, recording for Delos. The Brazilian press dubbed the Brazilian Guitar Quartet the "Dream Team" of guitar players. In 2003, when Galbraith left the ensemble to pursue more solo engagements, his place was taken up by Luiz Mantovani. The ensemble has traveled the world and appeared as the main attraction at the first World Guitar Congress in Baltimore, MD, in 2004. By its fourth recording, released in 2006, Isaac Albéniz: Iberia, Edson Lopes Pozzi had joined the group in place of Edelton Gloeden. Read less
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  • 1.
    Spanish Dances / Brazilian Guitar Quartet
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3466 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Enrique Granados,  Joaquin Turina,  Joaquin Rodrigo  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian Guitar Quartet
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  • 2.
    Classical Wellness: Musical Tonics For Mind, Body And Spirit
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3464 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Wolseley Charles,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitry Khakhamov,  Oleg Sergeev,  Grant Gershon,  John Aler  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian,  James DePreist,  Gerard Schwarz,  Anatoly Lapunov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  The Russian Folk Ensemble Balalaika,  Brazilian Guitar Quartet  ... 
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  • 3.
    40 Tracks for 40 Years - Delos Anniversary Set
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3440 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Antonín Dvorák,  Aram Khachaturian,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Performer:  James Earl Jones,  Charles Butler,  Marina Domashenko,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  Zdenek Macal,  Constantine Orbelian,  James DePreist  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  New Jersey Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 4.
    Classical Caffeine
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1628 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rodion Shchedrin,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Darius Milhaud,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Svetlana Safonova,  Rouben Aharonian,  Gerard Schwarz,  Eugenia Zukerman  ... 
    Conductor:  James DePreist,  Gerard Schwarz,  Constantine Orbelian,  Anatoly Lapunov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  The Russian Folk Ensemble Balalaika,  Shanghai Quartet  ... 
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  • 5.
    Brazilian Guitar Quartet
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 6013 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Camargo Mozart Guarnieri,  Francisco Mignone,  Antonio Carlos Gomes  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Galbraith,  Edelton Gloeden,  Everton Gloeden,  Tadeu do Amaral
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian Guitar Quartet
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  • 6.
    Brazilian Guitar Quartet Plays Villa-lobos
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3409 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian Guitar Quartet
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  • 7.
    Albeniz: Iberia / Brazilian Guitar Quartet
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3364 Release Date: 07/04/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian Guitar Quartet
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  • 8.
    Baby Needs Music
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1621 Release Date: 04/30/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sebastián de Iradier,  George Frideric Handel,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Tadeu do Amaral,  Paul Galbraith,  Everton Gloeden,  Edelton Gloeden  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz,  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian Guitar Quartet,  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 9.
    Baby Needs Guitar - Classical Guitar For Little Ears
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1620 Release Date: 03/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Antonio Carlos Gomes,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew York,  Scott Tennant,  John Dearman,  William Kanengiser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet,  Brazilian Guitar Quartet
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  • 10.
    Encantamento / Brazilian Guitar Quartet
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3302 Release Date: 12/04/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henrique Oswald,  Ronaldo Miranda,  Claudio Santoro,  Camargo Mozart Guarnieri  ... 
    Performer:  Tadeu do Amaral,  Everton Gloeden,  Paul Galbraith,  Edelton Gloeden
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian Guitar Quartet
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  • 11.
    Bach: Four Suites For Orchestra / Brazilian Guitar Quartet
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3254 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Everton Gloeden,  Edelton Gloeden,  Paul Galbraith,  Tadeu do Amaral
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian Guitar Quartet
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  • 12.
    Good Music For Little Guys
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1615 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Carol Rosenberger,  David Bilger
    Conductor:  Keith Brion,  Constantine Orbelian,  James DePreist,  Gerard Schwarz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian Guitar Quartet,  New Sousa Band,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 13.
    Cocktail Classics / Mcdonald, Zukerman, Vogel, Et Al
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1611 Release Date: 08/03/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elias Parish Alvars,  Traditional,  Richard Rodney Bennett,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Susann McDonald,  Carol Rosenberger,  János Starker,  Shigeo Neriki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arden Trio,  Brazilian Guitar Quartet
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  • 14.
    Essęncia Do Brasil / Brazilian Guitar Quartet
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3245 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Gomes,  Francisco Mignone,  Camargo Mozart Guarnieri,  Heitor Villa-Lobos
    Performer:  Tadeu do Amaral,  Everton Gloeden,  Edelton Gloeden,  Paul Galbraith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brazilian Guitar Quartet
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    Baby Needs Baroque
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1609 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Allan Vogel,  Patricia Mabee,  Paul Galbraith,  Nancy Sartain  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra,  New York Chamber Symphony,  Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center  ... 
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