Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet - For Thy Pleasure (1996)

This CD contains some very nice transcriptions of Baroque music, mostly Bach. The quartet is very talented and know how to choose and transcribe music that suits their strengths as performers. Because of the nature of the instrument, the quartet struggles with slower pieces because the guitar simply can't sustain the sound in the way of an organ or wind instrument (or could an organ be considered a wind instrument? I'll leave that debate for other people at another time).

Tracks: The Brandenberg Concerti transcriptions are top notch, as is the Telemann. They end the disc with a tongue-in-cheek rendition of Pachabel's Canon with variations in styles derivative of calypso, salsa, bluegrass, funk, straight-ahead jazz, and flamenco. Very creative and enjoyable. I'm sure it's a hit at their concerts.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: In the mid to late 90s, when I was artistic director for a local arts presenting organization, I would receive promotional materials from many acts. I always looked forward to getting LAGQ CDs in the mailbox because they would always send full CDs, not abridged promotional recordings.

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