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Kasilag Guitar Quartet

by Kasilag Guitar Quartet

The premiere Philippine Guitar Quartet
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Concerto in D - Allegro (G. P.Telemann)
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2. Concerto in D - Grave (G. P.Telemann)
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1:52 $0.99
3. Concerto in D - Allegro (G. P.Telemann)
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1:44 $0.99
4. Amianan (P. De Castro)
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4:30 $0.99
5. Prelude and Fugue BWV 553 (J.S. Bach)
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3:53 $0.99
6. Philippine Medley (J. Valdez)
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7:39 $0.99
7. Pokpok Alimpako (F. Feliciano)
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3:47 $0.99
8. Introduction et Fandango (L. Bocherrini)
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6:30 $0.99
9. Prelude Etnika (L. R. Kasilag)
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7:08 $0.99
10. Dalagang Filipina (J. Santos)
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2:13 $0.99
11. Marche from the opera Love for 3 Oranges (S. Profokiev)
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12. Dirait-on from Les Chansons des Rose (M. Lauridsen)
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4:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Kasilag Guitar Quartet is one of the very few guitar quartets in the Philippines today. It is composed of Benchito Cariño, Perfecto De Castro, Edgardo de Dios and Phil Valdez. All of them studied under one of the country's best guitar pedagogues, Maestro Jose Valdez, and are individual prizewinners of the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA).

The quartet is named in honor of Philippine composer and National Artist Lucrecia Roces Kasilag, whose significant contributions to Philippine music are part of the nation's pride and treasure. Her outstanding leadership in cultural administration, leading the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) for twenty years since its founding in 1969 and her pioneering works in the East-West idiom has truly made her the 'First Lady of Philippine Music.'

The group's main thrust is to explore new possibilities in the art of classical guitar performance in the Philippines where the instrument is usually confined to the playing of standard Classical-Romantic styles. Also in line with this is the broadening of the instrument's repertoire through transcriptions and arrangements of music of all cultures as well as commissions from various composers.


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Erik Schnautz

Eclectic, refreshing, evocative!
KGQ makes these eclectic selections--from Baroque to Philipine folk music--sound as if they were conceived for guitar quartet. And the added range of the two 10-string guitars provides a refreshing splash. I'm especially fond of Amianan (written by KGQ member Perf de Castro): a musical journey that makes use of "non-traditional" guitar technique to evoke the sounds of the northern Philipines. I like the CD so much that I bought copies to share!

Tim Wechsler

A divese and fascinating collection of guitar music played with spectacular musi
I am enormously impressed with the Kasilag Quartet, and especially enjoyed the works by Phillipine composers, including several original works by members of the Quartet. The more I listen, the more I like it. This one is a keeper!

Chad Cox

This is an incredible collection of songs. Masterfully arranged and composed, each song is true to classical form. Most striking is the how they have not only mastered timeless, classical pieces, but they have also arranged original pieces with the distinct flavor of the Philippines. And finally, you will hear not one, but two guitars that have ten strings on them. Indeed, my collection of classical guitar music was incomplete without this CD. You must have this - it is simply incredible!

scott weinbrand

A must for all CG lovers
I was overwhelmed the minute I heard this cd, and it hasn't left my player since it arrived about a week ago.

32 strings, 4 players, and they work as if they are one instrument. This cd is a must for all who listen to classical guitar. Well Done!!!