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"Cuatro: A Tribute to the Music of Spain," Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
Chandos Records, CD CHAN 10786 released November 2013
Contains: FOLÍAS “Folias by Ian Krouse, the Professor of Theory and Composition at UCLA, makes use of one of the oldest musical themes on record, La Folia. The title means crazy or empty-headed, possibly because of its connection to a fast, energetic, seemingly mindless dance. Krouse wrote his piece for the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, who premiered it in 1992. Two years later they recorded it on An Evening in Granada for Delos. Their performance is slightly slower and more deliberate than that of the Aquarelle Quartet, and the Chandos recording has clearer, more intimate sound with the ambience of a small, intimate concert setting. You can hear that there are four guitars because they seem to be sitting in a row across the front of the stage.”

~Maria Nockin FANFARE MAGAZINE, May-June 2014. “The recording draws to a close with an original composition, the 1992 Guitar Quartet No. 4, 'Folías' by lan Krouse (b.1956). This is quite an extraordinary 16-minute piece, building in tension as the variations become progressively shorter and faster. The actual theme is most clearly stated around the middle of the work with a grand rendering of the famous folia in the style of Corelli; and while there are also references to Baroque guitarist Gaspar Sanz's version and earlier Renaissance versions, the aesthetic here is overwhelmingly modern, leaning towards minimalist repeated notes and patterns. It receives an equally extraordinary performance - confident and characterful.” ~Robert Levett INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW, January, 2014. “Krouse's Folías - the only original composition here for four guitars - successfully combines minimalist techniques with traditional Spanish flavours…Krouse's highly inventive Folías makes for a distinctive end to the programme as the players leave the 'stage' individually, à la Haydn's Farewell Symphony. Serious fun.” ~ William Yoeman GRAMOPHONE, January 14, 2014.

“…the quartet featured a remarkable range of styles in just one piece, the closing item of the concert, Folías by the contemporary composer Ian Krouse. From opening chaos there emerged the harpsichord-like trills of 17th century guitarist Gaspar Sanz, with the melody then dissolving as the musicians left the stage, as dictated by the score.”

~ Colin Davison, GLOUCESTERSHIRE ECHO, July 21, 2014

“The concert ended with a magnificent surprise: “Folías” by Ian Krouse, a piece lasting over fifteen minutes focused around the motif of the ‘folia,’ an old Portuguese dance. This composition was very elaborate, multi-dimensional but very difficult technically. The final performance of the group, as could be expected, was rewarded with great applause, of a truly immense scale.”
[Translated from Polish]

~ Małgorzata Uchecka, KULTURAL, December 3, 2014





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COMING SOON! OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE: UNKNOWN Artist: Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
Contains: StarWaves Premiered: May 6, 2017 For more information, visit the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet's website. After Krouse's StarWaves was first commissioned by the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet back in 2017, it was promoted on Classical MPR. "The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet are preparing for a summer tour of China. There's a send-off concert Saturday, May 6, at Sundin Hall at Hamline University. The MGQ's performance will include the world premiere of a new work, "StarWaves," written especially for them by guitar great, Ian Krouse." - Steve Staruch Staruch, Steve. "Regional Spotlight: Minneapolis Guitar Quartet introduces a new work." 04 May 2017. Classical MPR. https://www.classicalmpr.org/story/2017/05/04/minneapolis-guitar-quartet-introduce-a-new-work





 

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COMING SOON! OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE: MARCH 8, 2019 Album: Armenian Requiem
Artist: Ian Krouse
Conductor: Neal Stulberg
Recording: 2015
Release Date: March 8, 2019
Label: NAXOS Click here to pre-order this album on Amazon





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"New Renaissance," Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
LAGQ 0135; released March 2015

Contains: Music In Four Sharps (On Dowland’s ‘Frog Galliard’)

“The second half started with what for me was the high point of the evening, a composition by Ian Krouse after John Dowland’s (c 1600) Frog Galliard entitled Music in Four Sharps. Tennant played the original lute piece beautifully on the guitar in order to show us what was to be the subject; then the quartet played the Krouse piece which consisted of a confluence of sounds flowing together and pertaining to the Galliard, sometimes like birdsong, sometimes like Messaien and through echoed rasgueados evoking the slight melancholy of late Elizabethan music. This composition was a masterpiece, beautifully rendered. John Dowland himself would have thoroughly enjoyed it.”

~ Mike Jones, ROYAL GAZETTE, February 9, 2015
“Ian Krouse's "Music in Four Sharps" was a set of variations in search of a theme, which proved to be John Dowland's "Frog Galliard"…by nature somewhat conservative in [its] harmonic language but extremely modern in [its] rhetoric, and the subtle polytonality that arose from the intricate counterpoint wove[n] for the four players.”
~ Mark Satola, CLEVELAND.COM, March 23, 2015 “Second-longest and second only to the Cervantes suite in its attractiveness is Ian Krouse’s Music in Four Sharps (on Dowland’s “Frog Galliard”). Based on a popular piece by John Dowland, Shakespeare’s nearly exact contemporary (1563-1616), Krouse’s work builds up to the full galliard and then marches away from it, eventually ending with wisps of sound. Its exploration of a full range of guitar effects makes it particularly interesting to hear.” ~ INFODAD, April 9, 2015 “Ian Krouse had set himself the task of writing a piece based on Dowland’s Frog Galliard that never ventured out of the twelve pitches available in the key of E Major. That’s more difficult than it sounds, for most pieces that last fourteen minutes or more, as Music in Four Sharps does, depend on venturing away from the home key and finding a convincing way to return at the end. Krouse developed a clever passacaglia-like format of variations over a recurring pattern borrowed from Dowland. When that idea ran out of steam, he turned to Philip Glass-like repetition, which kept things fresh — and safely in E Major — to the end. LAGQ helped hold everyone’s attention with their rapt, concentrated playing.” ~CLEVELAND CLASSICAL.COM, March 24, 2015





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Cuarteto Mexicano de Guitarras Voces de Iberoamérica Contains: Antique Suite (aka Guitar Quartet No. 1) Released: 2017





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Cuarteto Mexicano de Guitarras Voces de Iberoamérica Contains: Antique Suite (aka Guitar Quartet No. 1) Released: 2017





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Album: Da Chara
Artist: Da Chara
Ensemble: David Arroyabe (Violin), Caroline Preißl (Guitar)
Label: ATS-Records (9005216008858)
Released: 2016
Contains: DA CHARA





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COMING SOON! OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE: UNKNOWN Artist: Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
Contains: StarWaves Premiered: May 6, 2017 For more information, visit the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet's website. After Krouse's StarWaves was first commissioned by the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet back in 2017, it was promoted on Classical MPR. "The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet are preparing for a summer tour of China. There's a send-off concert Saturday, May 6, at Sundin Hall at Hamline University. The MGQ's performance will include the world premiere of a new work, "StarWaves," written especially for them by guitar great, Ian Krouse." - Steve Staruch Staruch, Steve. "Regional Spotlight: Minneapolis Guitar Quartet introduces a new work." 04 May 2017. Classical MPR. https://www.classicalmpr.org/story/2017/05/04/minneapolis-guitar-quartet-introduce-a-new-work





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"New Renaissance," Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
LAGQ 0135; released March 2015

Contains: Music In Four Sharps (On Dowland’s ‘Frog Galliard’)

“The second half started with what for me was the high point of the evening, a composition by Ian Krouse after John Dowland’s (c 1600) Frog Galliard entitled Music in Four Sharps. Tennant played the original lute piece beautifully on the guitar in order to show us what was to be the subject; then the quartet played the Krouse piece which consisted of a confluence of sounds flowing together and pertaining to the Galliard, sometimes like birdsong, sometimes like Messaien and through echoed rasgueados evoking the slight melancholy of late Elizabethan music. This composition was a masterpiece, beautifully rendered. John Dowland himself would have thoroughly enjoyed it.”

~ Mike Jones, ROYAL GAZETTE, February 9, 2015
“Ian Krouse's "Music in Four Sharps" was a set of variations in search of a theme, which proved to be John Dowland's "Frog Galliard"…by nature somewhat conservative in [its] harmonic language but extremely modern in [its] rhetoric, and the subtle polytonality that arose from the intricate counterpoint wove[n] for the four players.”
~ Mark Satola, CLEVELAND.COM, March 23, 2015 “Second-longest and second only to the Cervantes suite in its attractiveness is Ian Krouse’s Music in Four Sharps (on Dowland’s “Frog Galliard”). Based on a popular piece by John Dowland, Shakespeare’s nearly exact contemporary (1563-1616), Krouse’s work builds up to the full galliard and then marches away from it, eventually ending with wisps of sound. Its exploration of a full range of guitar effects makes it particularly interesting to hear.” ~ INFODAD, April 9, 2015 “Ian Krouse had set himself the task of writing a piece based on Dowland’s Frog Galliard that never ventured out of the twelve pitches available in the key of E Major. That’s more difficult than it sounds, for most pieces that last fourteen minutes or more, as Music in Four Sharps does, depend on venturing away from the home key and finding a convincing way to return at the end. Krouse developed a clever passacaglia-like format of variations over a recurring pattern borrowed from Dowland. When that idea ran out of steam, he turned to Philip Glass-like repetition, which kept things fresh — and safely in E Major — to the end. LAGQ helped hold everyone’s attention with their rapt, concentrated playing.” ~CLEVELAND CLASSICAL.COM, March 24, 2015





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Album: Da Chara
Artist: Da Chara
Ensemble: David Arroyabe (Violin), Caroline Preißl (Guitar)
Label: ATS-Records (9005216008858)
Released: 2016
Contains: DA CHARA





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Artist: Krystin O'Mara Release date: November 25, 2013 Genre: Classical Label: Bluepoint Studios Contains: Trois Tableaux d'Andersen "After cleansing the palate with an uneasy yet beautiful performance of “Julia Florida” by Barrios, O’Mara concludes with the shadowy and disquieting “Trois Tableaux d’Andersen” by Ian Krouse. Her recording (the first for this work) inspired this response from Krouse himself: “I have waited twenty-five years for the Trois Tableaux d’Andersen to find such a lovely and convincing advocate! Krystin’s breath-taking command of this early, epic proto-sonata is simply awe inspiring. How appropriate that my youthful effort, composed at the age of 26, should find its ideal match in a young virtuoso of just about the same age. She makes it sound as if it were written for her.” ~Tom Poore, AMAZON REVIEW, November 28, 2013





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"Cuatro: A Tribute to the Music of Spain," Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
Chandos Records, CD CHAN 10786 released November 2013
Contains: FOLÍAS “Folias by Ian Krouse, the Professor of Theory and Composition at UCLA, makes use of one of the oldest musical themes on record, La Folia. The title means crazy or empty-headed, possibly because of its connection to a fast, energetic, seemingly mindless dance. Krouse wrote his piece for the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, who premiered it in 1992. Two years later they recorded it on An Evening in Granada for Delos. Their performance is slightly slower and more deliberate than that of the Aquarelle Quartet, and the Chandos recording has clearer, more intimate sound with the ambience of a small, intimate concert setting. You can hear that there are four guitars because they seem to be sitting in a row across the front of the stage.”

~Maria Nockin FANFARE MAGAZINE, May-June 2014. “The recording draws to a close with an original composition, the 1992 Guitar Quartet No. 4, 'Folías' by lan Krouse (b.1956). This is quite an extraordinary 16-minute piece, building in tension as the variations become progressively shorter and faster. The actual theme is most clearly stated around the middle of the work with a grand rendering of the famous folia in the style of Corelli; and while there are also references to Baroque guitarist Gaspar Sanz's version and earlier Renaissance versions, the aesthetic here is overwhelmingly modern, leaning towards minimalist repeated notes and patterns. It receives an equally extraordinary performance - confident and characterful.” ~Robert Levett INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW, January, 2014. “Krouse's Folías - the only original composition here for four guitars - successfully combines minimalist techniques with traditional Spanish flavours…Krouse's highly inventive Folías makes for a distinctive end to the programme as the players leave the 'stage' individually, à la Haydn's Farewell Symphony. Serious fun.” ~ William Yoeman GRAMOPHONE, January 14, 2014.

“…the quartet featured a remarkable range of styles in just one piece, the closing item of the concert, Folías by the contemporary composer Ian Krouse. From opening chaos there emerged the harpsichord-like trills of 17th century guitarist Gaspar Sanz, with the melody then dissolving as the musicians left the stage, as dictated by the score.”

~ Colin Davison, GLOUCESTERSHIRE ECHO, July 21, 2014

“The concert ended with a magnificent surprise: “Folías” by Ian Krouse, a piece lasting over fifteen minutes focused around the motif of the ‘folia,’ an old Portuguese dance. This composition was very elaborate, multi-dimensional but very difficult technically. The final performance of the group, as could be expected, was rewarded with great applause, of a truly immense scale.”
[Translated from Polish]

~ Małgorzata Uchecka, KULTURAL, December 3, 2014





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