New Renaissance

New Renaissance

by Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
     
 
The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet started out playing Renaissance music before embarking on the genre-busting projects that have made it one of the most popular ensembles of its type. Thus this release marks something of a return to home territory. The emphasis in the New Renaissance title is decidedly on the "New," however,

Overview

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet started out playing Renaissance music before embarking on the genre-busting projects that have made it one of the most popular ensembles of its type. Thus this release marks something of a return to home territory. The emphasis in the New Renaissance title is decidedly on the "New," however, with some of the music newly composed and most of it tweaked in some way. The opening suite of 16 short pieces was arranged for a dramatic presentation, but works well enough on its own; the "Fantasia que contrahaze la harpa en la manera de Ludovico of Alfonso Mudarra" is an odd piece that sets the stage for the destabilization of the Renaissance tonal world later on. The pair of new pieces by Dusan Bogdanovic and Ian Krouse each take a single Renaissance work, an unnamed theme by lutenist Francesco Canova da Milano and Dowland's "Frog Galliard," respectively, as material for a new composition. Each has variation-like aspects, but is not a set of variations. Composers have done this with Renaissance music before, but an effort on this scale, tailored to specific performers and making up such a major part of the program, is something new and exciting. Elsewhere mileage may vary. The booklet tells which guitarist is playing in which stereo channel, and there's lots of sonic razzle-dazzle that doesn't have much to do with the music. The guitars do sound exceptionally clear, however. For fans of the LAGQ's experimental approach, this release is likely to satisfy anew.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/2015
Label:
Lagq Records
UPC:
0616892276449
catalogNumber:
315
Rank:
15589

Tracks

  1. Zappay lo campo, strambatto, CM20  -  Anonymous, Canciero de Montecassino  - William Kanengiser  -  Anonymous
  2. Il est bel et bon, commere, mon mary (Chansons musicales, Paris 1534)  - Pierre Passereau  - Scott Tennant
  3. Adieu mes amours, song for 4 parts  - Josquin Des Prez  - Scott Tennant
  4. Je Ne L'Ose Dire  - Pierre Certon  - Scott Tennant
  5. Mon per si ma marie  -  Francesco Canova da Milano  - Richard Savino
  6. Oy comamos y bebamos, cancionero (from Cancionero de Palacio)  - Juan del Encina  - William Kanengiser
  7. Fantasia que contrahaze la harpa en la manera de Luduvico  - Alonso de Mudarra  - William Kanengiser
  8. Al villano se la dan, for 3 voices  -  Anonymous, Spanish  - William Kanengiser  -  Anonymous
  9. La tricotea Samartín à 3  -  Alonso  - William Kanengiser
  10. Ya cavalga Calaynos (Romance 5), for voice, guitar, harp & percussion  - Enríquez de Valderrábano  - William Kanengiser  -  Anonymous
  11. Diferencias (7) for guitar on "Guárdame las vacas"  - Luys de Narváez  - William Kanengiser

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