Manuel Barrueco/Cuarteto Latinoamericano

(Tonar Music)



Sounds of the Americas thrills music lovers, both artistically and technically. The aesthetics of the interpreted pieces here are absolutely flawless. It is the accomplishment of exceptional musicians, guitarist Manuel Barrueco and the members of the Cuarteto Latinamericano, a string quartet consisting of violinist Javier Montiel and the three Britán brothers, Saúl and Arón on violin with cellist Alvaro.

The musical styling, as contemporary as one can want, are matchless in expression filled with shadowy nuances, elegant rhythms of unique percussion yet still very humane with melodic phrases of heckled dynamics. The form of the composition is perfectly mastered with intensity and smoothness blending perfectly together to unsettle the listener and transport him towards new emotions.

The tone of the string instruments delight and move the ear in a thousand different ways: violins sigh and scratch against waterfalls of percussions, sometimes with hints of irony expressed by elusive chatter, the whisper of the cello, the ingenious shimmering of the guitar...all of which elicit a feeling of dazzlement and well-being in the listener.

This collection is very much aligned with contemporary musical exploration in the United States i.e. a melting pot of a new musical know-how interpreting before any one else the voluntary progression of the human being towards his future, where chaos and concern are present.

In the world of the guitar, musicians like D. Tannenbaum and Davis Starobin, to name only a few, have contributed to this new generation of widely-performed American composers.

 Sounds of the Americas consists is the work of four of those most unique composers, whose common inspiration is based on subject matters born in popular roots:

 -Michael Daugherty, with “Bay of Pigs” claims the American rock and roll culture.

 - Gabriela Lean Frank dedicates her work “Inca Dance” to Barrueco and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, in which different cultural currents converge with “Lamento del Panace” as extra piece for solo guitar.  

 -Roberto Sierra, native of Puerto Rico who composed the now well-renown "Tríptico", describes the nights of his hometown while avoiding stylistic stereotypes of the genre to focus on the" exploration of the whole spectrum of the registers in unusual timbre combinations between the guitar and the string quartet "[sic].

 - Aaron Jay Kernis dedicates his "100 Greatest Dance Hits" that is inspired by television shows from the 1960s and 1970s to David Tannenbaum and Ida Kavafian.

Currently on tour, Manuel Barrueco and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano are performing in clubs throughout Europe and the United States. See them and enjoy the experience live...because this music is uplifting, fresh and highly sophisticated. 


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