Review of Voices de Iberoamérica by Cuarteto Mexicano de Guitarras, Culture Secretaria de Cultura, 2016
I’ve been dealing with contemporary guitar music for a long time, but I have to admit that I’m always amazed at the depth and breadth of this cultural, musical and recording world. Let’s take for example this cd produced by the young Cuarteto Mexicano de Guitarras ensemble, composed by guitarists Jesus Martinez, Victor M.Garcia, Eduardo Paniagua and Francisco Villegas, who also deals with the artistic direction.
This cd shows them busy with a rather varied repertoire, the music, masterfully performed here, ranges from the Antique Suite by American composer Ian Krouse, to the three passages by Astor Piazzolla (Otono Porteno, Angel Milonga and Fuga Y Mysterio), Ritual Dance Fuego by Manuel De Falla, a classic by Egberto Gismonti (Agua and Vinho), Sensemaya by Silvestre Revueltas in the closing of Musas Y Musica by composer Agustin Castilla-Avilla, who I recently interviewed and reviewed here on the blog.
What impresses you about their performances is the strength and determination that they demonstrate, in the photo of the cd seem like four guys but they show a great resolve, the same as expressing in the sound of their instruments. I love Piazzolla and I must say that I was impressed by the rigor and the strength expressed by their interpretations. With the exception of the music of Ian Krouse and Agustin Castilla-Avilla, which were originally composed for guitar, all other music has been rearranged for the quartet and are then presented with a new dress, I must say really interesting. Very beautiful also their version of Agua and Vinho, a classic piece by Egberto Gismonti.
Cuarteto Mexicano de Guitarras is really an out of the ordinary ensemble, to which I wish great success. I hope to listen too them soon playing a more European repertoire.