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Spanish Guitars

The LA Guitar Quartet

LA Guitar Quartet
Sparkling flamenco rhythms
Dates Thu 15 Nov, Fri 16 Nov, Sat 17 Nov Venue Sydney Opera House
Duration 1 hour 45 mins (incl. 20-min interval)

What's better than one guitar? Four guitars!

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 world."

"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

Spanish Guitars: the LA Guitar Quartet

Audio kindly supplied by Silver Partner Universal Music.

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PROGRAM
  • CHÁVEZ Sinfonia India (Symphony No.2)
  • RODRIGO Concierto andaluz
  • FALLA El Amor Brujo (Love, the Magician): Selections
  • ADAMS Lollapalooza
  • GINASTERA Four Dances from Estancia
Artists:
  • Michael Stern conductor
  • Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
    (John Dearman, Matthew Greif, William Kanengiser, Scott Tennant)
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