Aquarelle Guitar Quartet: Aspects | Chandos CHAN10928

Aquarelle Guitar Quartet: Aspects


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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHAN10928

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 28th October 2016



With this new album, the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet draws a portrait of different aspects of the music they love and perform.

From the baroque to the contemporary, from bluegrass to jazz, from romantic to Latin, the album includes original works for four guitars, arrangements that have been made by members of the group, and even a new work written especially for this project. Aspects is both retrospective and prospective, including favourites which the Quartet has been performing for many years and also pieces which it has learnt specifically for this recording and which will form the basis of new concert programmes in the future.

Aquarelle Guitar Quartet:
- Michael Baker
- Vasilis Bessas
- James Jervis
- Rory Russell


You could say that this superb UK guitar quartet’s latest release starts with a bang and ends with a whisper, with former LA Guitar Quartet member Andrew York’s nervy blaze of tone streams and syncopations Quiccan opening the programme and John Brunning’s sweetly lachrymose Elegy for four guitars, commissioned for this album, bringing it to a gentle close. ... All is performed with that same customary blend of high-octane virtuosity, relaxed lyricism, tonal richness and perfection of ensemble which has made the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet not merely one of the world’s leading guitar ensembles but, for sheer imagination and musicality, equal to the finest string quartet going.  William Yeoman
Gramophone January 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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