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Cumba-Quin

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Video | 0 comments

Cumba-Quin

NZGQ perform “Cumba-Quin” by the fabulous composer Carlos Rafael Rivera. Recorded at the Adam Concert Room – Victoria University, Wellington (New Zealand), December 2013. This is our first attempt at this type of recording so we’re working some things out still. Please excuse the lack of smiles, we have to do some serious concentrating on this one! Performers are (left to right): Christopher Hill, Jane Curry, Timothy Watanabe, Owen Moriarty. Christopher is playing a Brian Dunn guitar. Jane, Tim, and Owen are playing...

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Concierto Andaluz, I. Tiempo de Bolero

Posted by on Dec 25, 2012 in Video | 0 comments

Concierto Andaluz, I. Tiempo de Bolero

Concierto Andaluz, I. Tiempo de Bolero. NZ Guitar Quartet perform the New Zealand premier of Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto Andaluz with the Nelson Symphony Orchestra at the Nelson School of Music (November 2012). A big thank you to Mick Dowrick (Conductor), Bob Bickerton (sound Engineer) and all the NSO musicians and staff for making this...

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Concierto Andaluz, II. Adagio

Posted by on Dec 25, 2012 in Video | 0 comments

Concierto Andaluz, II. Adagio

Concierto Andaluz, II. Adagio. NZ Guitar Quartet perform the New Zealand premier of Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto Andaluz with the Nelson Symphony Orchestra at the Nelson School of Music (November 2012). A big thank you to Mick Dowrick (Conductor), Bob Bickerton (sound Engineer) and all the NSO musicians and staff for making this...

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Concierto Andaluz, III. Allegretto

Posted by on Dec 25, 2012 in Video | 0 comments

Concierto Andaluz, III. Allegretto

Concierto Andaluz, III. Allegretto. NZ Guitar Quartet perform the New Zealand premier of Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto Andaluz with the Nelson Symphony Orchestra at the Nelson School of Music (November 2012). A big thank you to Mick Dowrick (Conductor), Bob Bickerton (sound Engineer) and all the NSO musicians and staff for making this...

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Sarajevo Nights

Posted by on Dec 25, 2012 in Video | 0 comments

Sarajevo Nights

NZGQ Perform “Sarajevo Nights” by the brilliant Almer Imamovic, originally written as a duo for guitar and flute. Please visit Almer (and Jessica’s!) website for recording and scores. Performance in the Hohepa Community Centre (Christchurch), August...

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Onslow Suite

Posted by on Dec 25, 2012 in Video | 0 comments

Onslow Suite

NZGQ Perform the 2nd movement of Craig Utting’s Onslow College Suite. Performance is in the Hohepa Community Centre (Christchurch).

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The Storm

Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 in Video | 0 comments

The Storm

The Storm, Kaisa Beech (Young NZ composer) A local Wellington composer, Kaisa wrote this piece towards the end of 2010 as one of her final composition assessments at St Mary’s College. Originally for guitar quartet and bass, it depicts the quick and moody passing by of a...

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Celtic Fare

Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 in Video | 2 comments

Celtic Fare

Celtic Fare, Scott Tennant Daya’s Spin Music for a Found Harmonium (by Simon Jeffes – arr: S. Tennant) The Cat-Cow Reel I arranged Music for a Found Harmonium for the Quartet but felt it needed something else to go with it. I went back to my sketchbooks and wound up writing Daya’s Spin, dedicated to a lovely yoga teacher I knew. To round things off, I wrote the Cat-Cow, a yoga position Daya would always lead her class through. And this way, Yoga-Celt was born! - Scott...

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Capriccio Espagnol

Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 in Video | 0 comments

Capriccio Espagnol

Capriccio Espagnol (arr: W.Kanengiser), N. Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) Alborada Variazioni Alborada Scena e Canto Gitano Fandango Asturiano With a clear Spanish flavour the Capriccio Espagnol (based on Spanish folk melodies and dances/rhythms) is an ideal candidate for guitar arrangement. Korsakov wrote the original full orchestra version in 1887 and asks instruments with solos and cadenzas to imitate the guitar “quasi guitar”, a characteristic that has been expertly realised by the arranger throughout this lively piece....

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Capriol Suite

Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 in Video | 0 comments

Capriol Suite

Capriol Suite (arr: Owen Moriarty), Peter Warlock (1894-1930) Basse-Danse Pavane Tordion Bransles Pieds-en-l’air Mattachins (Sword Dance) Most often played by string orchestras, Warlock took these 6 dances (selected from Thoinot Arbeau’sOrchésographie, a manual of renaissance dances) and arranged them into his own masterpiece in 1926. Keeping the Renaissance character, the original melodies in each movement are retained while Warlock’s influence on the harmony and structure remains...

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Lotus Eaters

Posted by on Dec 19, 2011 in Video | 0 comments

Lotus Eaters

Lotus Eaters, Andrew York (b.1958) Andrew York was a member of the LA Guitar Quartet for many years and is now a prolific composer and performer. “Lotus Eaters” (which has nothing to do with eating) was inspired by the ninth book of Homer’s Odyssey, which tells the story of sailors who would stop in the Land of the Lotus Eaters, eat honey-sweet lotus fruit, and become overpowered by an ecstasy that made them want to stay for the rest of their days!

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Carmen Suite

Posted by on Dec 19, 2011 in Video | 0 comments

Carmen Suite

Carmen Suite (arr: Bill Kanengiser), Georges Bizet (1838-75) Aragonaise Habanera Seguidilla Toreadors Entr’acte Gypsy Dance The French opera comique Carmen, had a rough beginning – premiered in Paris in 1875, it was ill-received by audiences and critics and the theatre was forced to give away tickets to boost audience numbers. Several months later Bizet died of a heart attack (aged 36) and was never to know how enormously popular his work would later become. The Spanish setting of the opera allows the guitar ample opportunity to embrace the...

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Farewell to Stromness

Posted by on Dec 19, 2011 in Video | 0 comments

Farewell to Stromness

Farewell to Stromness, Peter Maxwell-Davies (arr. Scott Tennant) The NZ Guitar Quartet plays Farewell to Stromness by Peter Maxwell-Davies (arranged by Scott Tennant). Wellington, New Zealand, 2010.

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Brandenburg Concerto No.6

Posted by on Dec 19, 2011 in Video | 0 comments

Brandenburg Concerto No.6

Brandenburg Concerto No.6, BWV 1051, J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Allegro Adagio ma non tanto Allegro In 1721 Bach presented all six concertos in a manuscript to the Margrave of Brandenburg, from whom they take their usual name. There is no reliable evidence that the pieces were ever performed in Brandenburg, and it is thought that Bach wrote the concertos at different times over the previous decade, but presented them as a collection to the margrave in the hope of financial reward. Originally written for viola da braccio (2), viola da gamba(2),...

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