What's better than one guitar? Four
The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet makes its Sydney Symphony debut
in a concert full of Spanish colour. They're the soloists in
Rodrigo's Concierto andaluz - a sparkling concoction of
flamenco dance rhythms and Rodrigo's inimitable melodic voice.
And they amplify the spirit of Andalusia in their own
arrangement for guitar quartet and orchestra of highlights from
Manuel de Falla's ballet Love, the Magician.
From Spain to the Americas, this magnetic program takes in the
indigenous sounds of Mexico, the virile rhythms of the Argentinean
plains, and John Adams in exhilarating fanfare mode.
Pre-concert talk by Peter Czornyj in the Northern Foyer, 45
minutes before the performance.
"This is the best guitar quartet in the
"A demonstration of how four guitars by
themselves can give an entire orchestra a run for its money."
"And whether in the tight ensemble strumming
and electrifying passagework of the outer movements or the haunting
cantabile playing of the central adagio, which recalls the famous
slow movement of Rodrigo's more famous Concierto de Aranjuez, they
certainly revealed a deep understanding of the music."
Review: LA Guitar Quartet Plays Rodrigo
Reviewer: William Yeoman
The West Australian, November 12, 2012
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