Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet - Best of

In high school I really fell for classical guitar music. I had a couple of cassettes of both John Williams and Andrés Segovia which received much play...

For how much I love the music I never really educated myself much about it, I just sort of know what I like when I hear it.

I don't know how this record came to be recommended to me but I had it on my "to download" list on eMusic and finally did so recently.

After spending a few days with this record I definitely plan to score more of their work. About the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, from All Music:
"The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is one of the few successful multi-guitar ensembles regularly performing today. It is known for its variety of repertory, mixing various genres in concert and on recording, from classical to jazz, flamenco to new age, and bluegrass to rock. But the group's music takes in even more: in the classical realm alone it plays Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and modern works, often in transcriptions fashioned by the members...The LAGQ was founded over the period 1979-1980 at the USC Thornton School Music...The LAGQ was quite active throughout the 1980s but did not become a major force on the music scene until the following decade...By the early years of the new century the ensemble had achieved international acclaim. It received a Grammy nomination in 2003 for the Telarc album Latin. Two years later it received the Grammy for Best Classical Crossover recording...The 2008-2009 concert schedule included an extensive tour of the U.S..."
If you have any classical guitar recommendations or some tunes to share, please let me know.

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet - Best of