2015 release from the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. New Renaissance gives a modern spin to Renaissance masterworks. Featuring original arrangements and compositions inspired by such Renaissance masters as Francesco da Milano, John Dowland and Josquin des Prez, the album also also offers the world-premiere recording of two contemporary works especially crafted for LAGQ: the brilliant American composer Ian Krouse's Music in Four Sharps (On Dowland's Frog Galliard) and Six Ricercars on a Theme by F.C. da Milano by Dušan Bogdanović.
This release marks the first concerto recording by the GRAMMY®-winning LAGQ, and traces an arc from their instrument's first concerto to its newest one: Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto Andaluz and Sergio Assad's Interchange.
LAGQ's recording of Rodrigo's Concierto Andaluz is a tribute to their mentors, Los Romeros, for whom the piece was written in 1965. One of the first concertos written expressly for guitar quartet, this quintessentially Spanish work has long been in LAGQ's repertoire.
Also featured on this project is the world-premiere recording of a major new work, Sergio Assad's Interchange for Guitar Quartet and Orchestra. Sergio Assad is a member of the celebrated Assad Brothers duo, and a long-time friend of LAGQ. He has written and arranged for celebrated artists Yo-Yo Ma and Nadja Solerno Sonnenberg, and won a Latin GRAMMY® in 2008 for Best Classical Composition.
This release, the quartet's fourth Telarc CD, explores the guitar's rich Latin heritage.
The album features the rich and engaging voice of Luciana Souza, the São Paulo-born jazz vocalist and composer and three-time Grammy nominee. Souza joins LAGQ for Sergio Assad's "Medley" of Jobim tunes and a quartet version of Marco Pereira's "Sambadalu" (originally a duo which Pereira performed with Luciana on her 2005 album, Brazilian Duo's II).
The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, the Grammy-winning ensemble that has spent the past quarter century extracting brilliant music from a rich and organic stew of stylistic and cultural perspectives, takes an eclectic ride with the release of LAGQ Spin. The album marks the third Telarc recording for guitarists John Dearman, Bill Kanengiser, Scott Tennant and Andrew York, the innovative foursome collectively known as LAGQ.
LAGQ's Guitar Heroes
2005 Grammy Award Winner for Best Classical Crossover Album
LAGQ returns to their roots, paying tribute to a range of artists representing styles as diverse as jazz, bluegrass, rock and flamenco. Guitar Heroes is a collective thank-you to those artists who inspired them to pick up the guitar.
From its haunting opening arrangement of Sting's Latin-tinged song Fragile to the rousing sounds of the traditional Spanish flamenco Sevillanas, the Grammy-nominated LAGQ Latin takes the listener on a journey to Latin lands and cultures, including Cuba, Central America, South America, and Spain.
Air & Ground
Air and Ground finds the classical quartet moving further into world music. It takes you on an eclectic musical journey, with songs representing such diverse cultures as Afro-Cuban, Macedonian, Native American, Brazilian and Celtic. The performances on Air and Ground are flawless and highly original -- a listening experience that can only be surpassed by hearing (and seeing) L.A.G.Q. play live. Their unique blend of virtuosity, versatility and stunning precision make the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet one of the most exciting guitar ensembles making music today -- and Air and Ground is their best work to date.
With the release of their Sony Classical debut L.A.G.Q., the quartet launches a new phase in its development, adding world music to an all-embracing repertoire which already includes classical, jazz, pop, folk, and rock music.
For Thy Pleasure
An all-baroque program, arranged and performed by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Highlights include Bach's Brandenburn Concerto No. 6, music from Handel, Monteverdi, Purcell, and a very unusual version of Pachelbel's Canon in D. A pleasure for all music lovers.
The World's premier guitar quartet, playing music from Zeppelin to Sousa, Basie to Copland. Two years in the making, Labyrinth is the first true "crossover" departure for the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ).
The music ranges from folk classics to contemporary classical style, and uses a variety of popular idioms. The album takes its name from Ian Krouse's Labyrinth on a Theme of Led Zeppelin, whose opening theme is a blistering transcription of the (AOR) classic Friends. We think it is safe to say that there is something for everyone on this disc!
Evening in Granada
Music of Boccherini, Debussy, de Falla, Krouse, and Rimsky-Korsakov.
Dances from Renaissance to Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky, Praetorious, Warlock, Byrd, Dowland, Morley, and Gabrieli.
Music by Rossini, Holst, Stravinsky, Siegel, Krouse, and Fauré.