BGQ plays Villa-Lobos

Brazilian Guitar Quartet
Everton Gloeden and Luiz Mantovani (eight-string guitars)
Tadeu do Amaral and Gustavo Costa (six-string guitars)

Audio engineer: Daniel Czernecki
Liner notes: Gil Jardim
Photos: Susane Medeiros
Artwork: Harry Pack and Mark Evans
Guitars: Martin Woodhouse 2001 and Martin Woodhouse 2003 (eight-string), Martin Woodhouse 2001 and Dominique Field 1991 (six-string)

Recorded at Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, USA between 13 and 17 February 2010.

I must say that I am amazed by the superb quality of the Brazilian Guitar Quartet, who achieve the complete technical and expressive integration that is the ideal of every chamber music group. This recording provides the opportunity to enjoy the way in which the guitar’s multiple timbres sensitively reveal every nuance of musical experience. Villa-Lobos himself made many transcriptions during his lifetime. This recording is an authentic reflection of the Villa-Lobos way of making music; we hope this is the first of many such experiments, as the music of this great Brazilian composer is passed on as a living entity into the future.

Gil Jardim, liner notes

2011 Latin Grammy Award for “Best Classical Album”

The Brazilian Guitar Quartet has done it again. Their warm, disciplined energy and mind-boggling technical prowess is directed this time at the music of Villa-Lobos. . . . Fabulous!