Essencia Do Brasil (Essence of Brazil)

Brazilian Guitar Quartet
Recorded in Vinhedo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

The Brazilian Guitar Quartet – Quarteto Brasileiro de Violoes – makes its recording debut with Essencia do Brasil – Essence of Brazil. The remarkable 8-string guitarist Paul Galbraith, whose 1998 recording of the Bach solo violin suites was nominated for a Grammy and reached #10 on the Billboard chart, has joined three oustanding Brazilian guitarists – the gifted Gloeden brothers, Edelton and Everton, and Tadeu do Amaral – to form the Brazilian Guitar Quartet. “The guitar is the national instrument of Brazil,” Galbraith explained during the sessions for this recording. “The level of guitar playing is so high here in Brazil that when you have three of the outstanding Brazilian guitar virtuosi playing with you in a quartet, you have something very special indeed.” In fact, Brazilian press has already named this quartet the “dream team” of guitar. “We all have our own styles of playing,” continues Galbraith, “and yet when we play together, there is a rich musical blend. On top of that we have the privilege of working with Sergio Abreu as our producer!” 

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1 (arr. Sergio Abreu); 
M. Camargo Guarnieri: Danca Negra, Cancao Sertaneja, Danca Brasileira, Ponteio No. 24; 
Francisco Mignone: Lundu; Antonio Carlos Gomes: Sonata (1894) (arr. Brazilian Guitar Quartet)