(2015) New Renaissance

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

... read moreThe Los Angeles Guitar Quartet started out playing Renaissance music before embarking on the genre-busting projects that have made it one of the most popular ensembles of its type. Thus this release marks something of a return to home territory. The emphasis in the New Renaissance title is decidedly...

58′:26″ 27 Songs

1
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Zappay
1:17
2
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Romance De Abindarraéz Y Jarifa
1:45
3
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Diferéncias Sobre Guárdame Las Vacas
1:24
4
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Jácaras
1:51
5
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Romance De Calaynos/ Romance De Alburquerque
2:57
6
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
El Villano
1:45
7
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
La Tricotea Samartín
1:58
8
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Al Villano Se La Dan
1:09
9
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Viva, Viva, Rey Ferrando
1:45
10
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Tres Morillas M’Enamorán En Jaen
1:56
11
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Canários
1:56
12
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Diferéncias Sobre Las Folias
2:53
13
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Fantasia Que Contrahaze La Harpa En La Manera De Ludovico
1:54
14
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Chacona “La Vida Bona”
1:54
15
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Con Pavor Recordó El Moro
2:17
16
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Oy Comamos Y Bebamos
3:22
17
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Six Ricercars: I. Moderato Deciso
1:03
18
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Six Ricercars: Ii. Moderato
1:00
19
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Six Ricercars: Iii. Allegro
0:53
20
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Six Ricercars: Iv. Amoroso
1:07
21
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Six Ricercars: V. Moderato Scherzoso
1:01
22
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Six Ricercars: Vi. Allegro
1:53
23
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Mon Pere Si Sa Marie
1:52
24
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Music In Four Sharps (On Dowland’S Frog Galliard)
14:01
25
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Je Ne L’Ose Dire
0:48
26
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Adieu Mes Amours
1:45
27
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Il Est Bel Et Bon
1:00
Released 17 March 2015, ℗ LAGQ Records

Review

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet started out playing Renaissance music before embarking on the genre-busting projects that have made it one of the most popular ensembles of its type. Thus this release marks something of a return to home territory. The emphasis in the New Renaissance title is decidedly on the "New," however, with some of the music newly composed and most of it tweaked in some way. The opening suite of 16 short pieces was arranged for a dramatic presentation, but works well enough on its own; the Fantasia que contrahaze la harpa en la manera de Ludovico of Alfonso Mudarra is an odd piece that sets the stage for the destabilization of the Renaissance tonal world later on. The pair of new pieces by Dusan Bogdanovic and Ian Krouse each take a single Renaissance work, an unnamed theme by lutenist Francesco Canova da Milano and Dowland's Frog Galliard, respectively, as material for a new composition. Each has variation-like aspects, but is not a set of variations. Composers have done this with Renaissance music before, but an effort on this scale, tailored to specific performers and making up such a major part of the program, is something new and exciting. Elsewhere mileage may vary. The booklet tells which guitarist is playing in which stereo channel, and there's lots of sonic razzle-dazzle that doesn't have much to do with the music. The guitars do sound exceptionally clear, however. For fans of the LAGQ's experimental approach, this release is likely to satisfy anew.