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VIDA Guitar Quartet return to disc on BGS Records with a new CD of quintessentially British music composed and arranged for Guitar Quartet. Featuring works by iconic composers including Britten, Elgar and Vaughan Williams, 'The Leaves Be Green' blends folk melodies and much-loved compositions in a collection of never-before heard arrangements for guitar quartet, featuring several world-premiere recordings. It also features original compositions for quartet by composers Stephen Dodgson and Timothy Bowers.
IGNiTE is a unique and important release for the future of guitar music. All tracks offer great new guitar music, all especially commissioned by IGF’s Artistic Director Tom Kerstens. Tom’s G Plus Ensemble is dedicated to performing new music, its line-up of two guitars, strings and percussion, often using electronic effects, produces a ravishing and innovative sound. The new album presents new work by today’s most prestigious contemporary composers working in the UK such as Max Richter, Gabriel Jackson, Howard Skempton, Anna Meredith and John Metcalfe.
The debut recording from the celebrated VIDA Guitar Quartet, comprising Mark Ashford, Mark Eden, Helen Sanderson and Christopher Stell. Their Andalucian-flavoured debut combines arrangements of Falla's El amor brujo (Love, the Magician), El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat), Turina's La oraci?n del torero (Prayer of the bullfighter) and Bizet's Carmen Suite.