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The Amsterdam Guitar Trio plays Bach, Debussy and Mozart

The current “La Guitarra” podcast of the Spanish Radio is dedicated to the Amsterdam Guitar Trio.

The Amsterdam Guitar Trio was founded around 1985. It has recorded CDs with the Brandenburg Concertos by J. S.  Bach, with the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi or recently with the music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, aranged for guitar trio.

The program of the podcast contains two of the Brandenburg Concertos and music by Claude Debussy.

Playlist Amsterdam Guitar Trio

Additional Information

Blog by Esther Steenbergen:

Ester Steenbergen has taken part in the Mozart recording, which is available for listening on the bandcamp website including one free track for download:

In the blog by Esther Steenbergen you can find some of the Mozart arrangements as free downloads. A great chance for guitar trios who want to try those arrangements.

Wikipedia about the Amsterdam Guitar Trio:

Podcast La Guitarra:

La guitarra – Trío de Guitarras de Ámsterdam – 28/04/13

J. S. BACH: Concierto de Brandeburgo nº 2 en Fa mayor, BWV. 1047 (11’31”);

Concierto de Brandeburgo nº 3 en Sol mayor, BWV. 1048 (12’11”).

DEBUSSY: Suite bergamasque (15’52”), Petite Suite (13’04”).

Todas las obras se ofrecen en arreglo para trío de guitarras.Trío de Guitarras de Amsterdam.




Bantu by Andrew York for Guitar Quartet – Los…

Bantu is the name of a piece for four guitars by Andrew York. I have dicovered this piece on the CD Labyrinth by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

Like in Rumba by Stepan Rak the guitars are also used as percussion instruments.

Andrew York has been a member of the LAGQ for many years. He has composed many pieces for guitar ensembles.

On the website of the LAGQ I have found the following text about Bantu:

Bantu, says Scott Tennant, “one of our favorites to play, is best described as a cross between African drumming rhythms and Dave Brubeck.”

I have found a number of youtube videos with guitar quartets and also bigger guitar ensembles that play Bantu. I have collected the best videos in my youtube playlist:

Playlist – Bantu by Andrew York

You can listen to the CD Labyrinth by the LAGQ with the following grooveshark widget:

Additional information

Wikipedia about Andrew York:

Homepage Andrew York:

Portrait Andrew York (German):

LAGQ about Labyrinth:

Podcast La Guitarra by RTVE with Andrew York

A. YORK: 3 danzas (9’30”), 8 discernimientos (9’53”), 3 delineaciones (10’05”), Into Dark (2’14”), Freelin’ (4’00”), Perfect Sky (5’03”), When you Wish Upon a Star (arr. A. York) (2’43”), Sunburst (5’32”). A. York (guit.)

La Guitarra – Podcast by RTVE with the LAGQ :

Programa dedicado al Cuarteto de Guitarras de Los Ángeles en el que se ofrecen las siguientes obras:

S. ASSAD: Interchange, para cuarteto de guitarras y orquesta (30’07”). Cuarteto de Guitarras de Los Ángeles, Orq. Sinf. de Delaware. Dir.: D. Amado.

YORK: Lotus eaters (3’31”) , Along the edge (7’16”) .

BELLINATI: Baiao de Gude (5’06”). Cuarteto de Guitarras de Los Ángeles.

More information about Andrew York can be found in my post in German:

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The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote – Los Angeles Guitar…

Some days ago I found a concert by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet on the CBC Concerts on Demand website.

David Kanengiser has created a great piece for one actor and guitar quartet based on the novel Don Quixote by Cervantes.

The actor Phil Proctor recites the story in a fascination way, I have never heard the story of Don Quixote in a more lively and impressing way.

The quartet plays music from the time of Cervantes, like pieces by Luiz de Narvaez, Gaspar Sanz or Luis Milan.

The complete was available on the CBC concert on demand site.

I have also found two videos from another performance of this great work:

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet & Philip Proctor: The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote at 92nd Street Y

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet presents The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote was a labour of love for guitarist William Kanengiser. He spent two years distilling 940 pages of Cervante’s classic novel into a one-hour stage show featuring the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and John Cleese of Monty Python fame. The words are adapted from a 2005 translation by Edith Grossman and the music is all carefully chosen from Cervante’s time to illustrate the mood and the narrative of the story.

Philip Proctor brings his talents as an actor & voiceover artist to this Calgary performance. Philip is a 42-year veteran of the Firesign Theatre, the voice behind countless commercials and interactive games and he was seahorse Bob in Finding Nemo and Charlie in Monster, Inc. He’s equally at home with the many characters he plays in Don Quixote!

Website of the LAGQ: