Kiss The Guitar Player

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Klimt!, otherwise known as the Gustav Klimt String Quartet, says in the booklet notes in Dutch and English that its aim with Kiss the Guitar Player was "to portray a kaleidoscopic view of the Dutch guitar scene." This the group does, but, as often happens when something is done well, it also accomplishes something beyond the original goal. The music is light, and the album title whimsical, but this album does nothing less than reflect on the relationship between the guitar and the bowed strings, in the past as well as the present. When you first hear the quartet playing funky music in the opening "Gustav on the Rocks," by guitarist Peter Tiehuis, you may think this is ...
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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Klimt!, otherwise known as the Gustav Klimt String Quartet, says in the booklet notes in Dutch and English that its aim with Kiss the Guitar Player was "to portray a kaleidoscopic view of the Dutch guitar scene." This the group does, but, as often happens when something is done well, it also accomplishes something beyond the original goal. The music is light, and the album title whimsical, but this album does nothing less than reflect on the relationship between the guitar and the bowed strings, in the past as well as the present. When you first hear the quartet playing funky music in the opening "Gustav on the Rocks," by guitarist Peter Tiehuis, you may think this is another of the many attempts at Kronos Quartet cloning that appeared in CD catalogs, but the program quickly becomes more diverse. The key is that most of the music was newly comissioned, from performing guitarists, and it set only a single condition: the composer was not to use a concerto-like texture, with the strings backing up the guitar, but rather was charged with creating the titular "dialogues." Put that together with the variety of styles these guitarist-composers play and you've got a couple of intersecting axes that result in music falling all over the range. Bert Meulendijk's "Into Ecstasy" track 2 sets rock electric guitar against high string duets. There is classic pop, jazz, more or less formal concert music, and flamenco influences at several points. The frame is perfectly set in place with the inclusion of a couple of movements of the conventional starting point of music for guitar and string quartet, the "Quintet in D major for guitar and strings, G. 448," of Luigi Boccherini. Let's just say these are heavily tweaked. A delightful release combining experiment and entertainment in a way at which the Dutch seem to excel.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/2009
  • Label: Challenge
  • UPC: 608917233322
  • Catalog Number: 72333
  • Sales rank: 352,648

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gustav on the rocks, for guitar & string quartet - Peter Tiehuis & Bastiaan van der Werf (5:40)
    Composed byPeter Tiehuis
  2. 2 Into ecstasy, for guitar & string quartet - Bert Merlendijk / Piet Souer & Bastiaan van der Werf (4:16)
    Composed byBert Merlendijk / Piet Souer
  3. 3 Quintet for guitar & strings in D major ("Fandango"), G. 448 (arrangement of String Quintets, G. 270 & 341): Fandango - Luigi Boccherini & Bastiaan van der Werf (5:45)
    Composed byLuigi Boccherini
    Performed byEddy Koopman
  4. 4 Beyond reminiscence-universal, for guitar, string quartet, double bass & percussion - Steve Gray & Steve Gray / Leonardo Amuedo (5:04)
    Composed bySteve Gray / Leonardo Amuedo
    Performed byEddy Koopman
  5. 5 Rumba de tuti, for guitar, string quartet, double bass & percussion - Arturo Ramón & Bastiaan van der Werf (3:11)
    Composed byArturo Ramón
    Performed byUdo Demandt
  6. 6 What is there to say?, song - Vernon Duke & Bastiaan van der Werf (4:45)
    Composed byVernon Duke
  7. 7 Toccata, for guitar & string quartet - Olaf Tarenskeen & Bastiaan van der Werf (4:28)
    Composed byOlaf Tarenskeen
  8. 8–10 Trinity, for string quartet - Veli-Matti Halkosalmi & Bastiaan van der Werf (14:46)
    Composed byVeli-Matti Halkosalmi
    1. 8Adagio
    2. 9Allegro feroce
    3. 10Largo
  9. 11 Sunday night shuffle, for guitar & string quartet - Lorre Lynn Trytten & Bastiaan van der Werf (5:10)
    Composed byLorre Lynn Trytten
  10. 12 Thingin', for jazz ensemble - Lee Konnitz & Bastiaan van der Werf (6:07)
    Composed byLee Konnitz
  11. 13 Catch the groove, for guitar & string quartet - Lorre Lynn Trytten & Bastiaan van der Werf (5:15)
    Composed byLorre Lynn Trytten
  12. 14 Kiss the guitar player, for 2 guitars - Maarten van der Grinten & Bastiaan van der Werf (7:03)
    Composed byMaarten van der Grinten
  13. 15 Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Dance of the seven veils - Richard Strauss & Bastiaan van der Werf (6:38)
    Composed byRichard Strauss
    Performed byEddy Koopman, Silva Mancuso
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gustav Klimt String Quartet Primary Artist
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