New Works for Guitar Quartet
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A very unusual recital for four guitars.

The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet was founded in 1986. From the beginning, aside from the challenge of learning to play together as a quartet, the musicians dedicated themselves to creating, through commissioning, a larger and more substantial repertoire so that the elegance and power of this medium might be successfully conveyed to a wide audience without excessive reliance on transcription. This recording presents the works of six composers whose creative talents have been focused directly on the quartet medium. The music by Kechley, Bassett, Sekiya, Vandervelde and Hovda was all premiered by the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet. The respective musical styles of these five composers represent some of the variety and wealth of musical expression that has flourished in the late twentieth century. Of the six composers, only Brouwer is a guitarist, familiar with the intricacies of the instrument as well as the guitar quartet medium; ironically his piece is a transcription of his own music. The other composers have had to find their own way - create as they compose. Together, these six are in the vanguard of those helping to create an important body of literature for guitar quartet. This is a most pleasing disc.
Leslie Bassett, composer
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

Leo Brouwer, composer
Cuban Landscape with Rumba
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

Eleanor Hovda, composer
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

David Kechley, composer
Voices from the Garden
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

Naomi Sekiya, composer
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

Janika Vandervelde, composer
Genesis V
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

"A winning collection of new classical pieces commissioned by this superb nylon-string ensemble. Besides sounding great in their own right, the music by the six composers represented here shares common traits (virile rhythms, hyperactive antiphonal scoring and an ability to be tuneful without getting dippy) that bode well for the future of the increasingly popular four-guitar medium." (Guitar Player)