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


Contains: MUSIC IN FOUR SHARPS

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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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"Incantation: Duo Tapas," Rupa Maitra, violin; Owen Moriarty, guitar
DE Records CDMANU5165; released September 2014


Contains: INCANTATION and FIREDANCE

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Contains: Incantation and Firedance

“Owen Moriarty, arguably our best guitarist, and violinist Rupa Maitra have amazing flair for innovative music that has instant rhythmic appeal. The two tracks here by Bosnia’s Zaim Imamovié are a folk song apiece from Macedonia and Turkey, and both are rendered with an infectiously asymmetric vigour. Two works by North America’s Ian Krouse have a distinct Middle Eastern folk flavour. Miramar by Spain’s Pablo Sarasate has a catchy presto 5/8 metre and a melody that soars well above the power lines with the highest of notes. Similarly, it’s asymmetric rhythmic angularity and piquant dissonances that drive two folkish works by Poland’s Marek Pasieczny. This is a strong buy for lovers of rare folkloric flavour with an asymmetric tang. INCANTATION, Duo Tapas (Ode).”

IAN DANDO reviews some summery sounds.

 

 

 

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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

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“ 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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Cuatro

"Obsession," Krystin O'Mara, guitarist.
Bluepoint Studios, 2013 CD-2310
13-2

Contains: TROIS TABLEAUX D'ANDERSON (THREE SCENES FROM ANDERSEN)

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“The highlight of the recording is O’Mara’s interpretation of Los Angeles-based composer Ian Krouse’s “Trois Tableaux d’Andersen”. Using a combination of classical and flamenco techniques, Krouse musically brings three of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales to life. Given that many characters in Andersen’s tales experience the unpleasant sides of life, his work is a fitting choice for a recording dedicated to the darker side of the guitar repertoire.

“Le Rossignol” (The Nightingale) is full of pentatonic chords and floating scale passages that capture Andersen’s sorrowful tale of the emperor and the songbird.  O’Mara delivers a sensitive and well-paced performance.

In “La Petite Fille aux Allumettes” (The Little Match Girl), one of Andersen’s most tragic tales, one cannot help but feel sorrow at the death of the poor girl.  Ian Krouse’s music imaginatively tells the story in just over four minutes.  O’Mara’s performance is alluring.

“Les Souliers Rouge” (The Red Shoes) is a grim tale about a young girl named Karen, who became so obsessed with her red shoes that when she tried and failed to remove them, she was forced to have her feet cut off. Again, O’Mara’s innate ability to bring these dramatic tales – and more importantly Krouse’s music – to life is truly impressive.”

Mike Telin CLEVELANDCLASSICAL.COM REPRINTS, 2014

“—the nostalgic soundscapes of Barrios cleanse the palate in preparation for more than 20 minutes of Ian Krouse (b.1956), who’s probably best known to CG [CLASSICAL GUITAR] readers as a long-standing collaborator with the LAGQ [Los Angeles Guitar Quartet]. Drawing his inspiration from ‘The Nightingale,’ ‘The Little Match Girl’ and ‘The Red Shoes,’ Krouse displays all his customary assurance in exploiting the guitar’s resources…”

Paul Fowles, CLASSICAL GUITAR MAGAZINE, April 7, 2015

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"Acoustic Habitats," Timothy Dobby, guitarist, Recorded at La Flame Studios, Quebec, 2009
Timothy Dobby Records, TDR 3333-2

Contains: AIR, VARIATIONS ON A MOLDAVIAN HORA

 

 

 

 


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“Shieri Shalom – Songs of Peace,” Alberto Mesirca, guitarist, with Duo NIHZ, Live in the Synagogue of Enschede, Samsong Productions, SAMDVD 005

Contains: VARIATIONS ON A MOLDAVIAN HORA

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  Shieri
“Duo Tapas”, Rupa Maitra, violin, Owen Moriarty, guitar, ODE Records, released March, 2012, CDMANU5138

Contains:
DA CHARA and AIR

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“Commemoration – Music of 9/11”, Ben Pila, guitar, Released September 4, 2012, ASIN: B0097REQH0

Contains: AIR

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“Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble – Volume 16”, Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble, Released in Japan in March, 2011, on BRAIN, BOCD-7329

Contains: CRÓNICA DEL ÚLTIMO AÑO EB LA VIDA DE UN MEXICANO

 

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“Jessica Rivera Sings Romantic Music,” released in Mexico, October, 2008, and in the US in February, 2009, Jessica Rivera, soprano, L. Mark Carver, piano, Eleanor Weingartner, clarinet, UREXT DIGITAL CLASSICS JBCC 158

Contains:   CANTAR DE LOS CANTARES (for soprano, clarinet and piano)

On this stunning disc,…soprano Jessica Rivera is most impressive in extended, very beautiful Spanish adaptations of "The Song of Songs" by Maryland born Ian Krouse.”

Robert Croan PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, February 5, 2009.

"...the performers leap into the two sections of Cantar de los Cantares (a setting of a Spanish translation of the “Song of Songs”) by the American composer Ian Krouse…He wrote this 24-minute piece expressly for this recording and (the liner notes tell us) he advises “the clarinetist to think of herself as a singer in a duet with the soprano,” manifesting the chamber music ideal at the heart of his piece…great arcs of melody…and that’s always a way into my heart…I listened to this one repeatedly with rapt attention.”

James M. Keller, CHAMBER MUSIC, Vol. 26, No. 3, May/June 2009


“…the Krouse stands out as a magnificent contribution to the repertoire; while its neo-romanticism has immediacy and appeal, it also has profundity and depth of expression that rivals and probably surpasses the more renowned pieces on the program.”

Hanudel, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, May/June

“Ian Krouse’s Cantar de los Cantares is a multi-layered work that constantly engages the ear and challenges the players.  Part I features some jazzy wind, rollicking-kisses and the clarinet as dove.  The closing introspective moment is memorable.  Flashes of passion form much of Part II as the clarinet easily slinks about the garden, the voice finds some compelling darkness and the piano takes us gently away.  If only love was always this fulfilling and uncomplicated.”

S. James Wegg, JWR ARTICLES, July, 2009


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  Rivera
“Only Time Will Tell,” Valarie King, flute, Anisa Angarola, guitar, Robert Russel, bass, Quentin Dennard, drums, KANGU, released May 2, 2006.

Contains:  
DA CHARA (in a new jazz version for flute, guitar, bass and drums)


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  Valarie

Essential American Masters,”  PEERMUSIC CLASSICAL, New York
Released 2003.


Contains:   RHAPSODY FOR VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA (excerpt)

 

 

 

 

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  Peerless
”Pastorale,” Valarie King, flute, Anisa Angarola, guitar, LISSADELL, released
January 31, 2002.  

                       
Contains:     
   

AIR (for flute and guitar)
DA CHARA (for flute and guitar)

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  Pastorale

“Messages from the past,” St. Cloud State University Wind Ensemble, Richard K.
Hansen conductor, WESTMARK, WCD30096, released spring, 2001.


Contains:   
CRÓNICA DEL ÚLTIMO AÑO EN LA VIDA DE UN MEXICANO (for seven percussion soloists and wind ensemble)

 

 

 

 

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Three Friends,” Suzanna Guzman - mezzo-soprano, Debussy Trio, RUBEDO CANIS MUSICA (RCM), RCM 12003, released September, 2001.  

Contains:         

TRI CHAİRDE (for flute, viola and harp)
TRES CANCIONES SOBRE LORCA (for mezzo-soprano, flute, viola, and harp)

CINCO CANCIONES INSÓLITAS (for mezzo-soprano, flute, viola, and harp)
LULLABY (for flute, viola and harp)


“one of the most communicative and intriguing young composers on the music scene today”

Lawrence A. Johnson, GRAMOPHONE, Awards Issue 2001

“Thamar y Amnónis a chamber tone poem based on a García Lorca ballad, which is in turn based on II Samuel in the Bible.  It’s largely gentle and certainly listenable.  It was written for the Debussy Trio, and naturally they play it beautifully.”

Donald R. Vroon, Editor in Chief, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, July/August, 2000

[In]“Thamar y Amnón,” inspired by Lorca’s retelling of the biblical story of the incestuous rape of King David’s daughter by her half-brother, scored for the same instruments as Debussy’s trio sonata, Krouse assigns the tortured Amnón to the flute, and the seductive Thamar to the viola, with the harp essentially given over to the horrified father of the pair, the famous harpist Kind David himself.  The Spanish ties are more integrated into the whole for what is a fully viable concert work.”John Story,"

AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, July/August, 2000

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  3friends
"Global Impressions" Brandon Yip, guitar, released January 30, 2001

Contains: 


VARIATIONS ON A MOLDAVIAN HORA(for guitar)  

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Ian Krouse,” Maria Bachmann, violinist, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
conducted by James Sedares; Sun Young Kim, soprano, Scott Tennant, guitarist;
the Debussy Trio; Dinosaur Annex; KOCH INTERNATIONAL CLASSICS,
released February 22, 2000.  


Contains:         

RHAPSODY FOR VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA CUANDO SE ABRE
EN LA MAÑANA

(for soprano and guitar)
Thamar Y AMNŌN (for flute, viola and harp)
TIENTOS (for flute, violin, viola and cello)

"Ian Krouse is another of the present generation of talented composers who has turned his back on serialism and returned to melody.  The beautiful, warmly lyrical Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra (with Maria Bachman the highly responsive soloist) memorably reveals him as a striking new voice.  Thamar y Amnón…is both evocative and erotic…Tientos is… much more exotic, with a wild melismatic flamenco style.  The result is ear-tickling, rhythmically pungent and highly imaginative.  'Cuando se abre en la mañana'…is exquisitely realized by Sun Young Kim, vibrantly yet delicately accompanied by Scott Tennant (guitar).  All in all a thoroughly rewarding programme, excellently recorded.” 

THE PENGUIN GUIDE TO COMPACT DISCS

“"For all the considerable demands made upon the soloist at this point, there is no real fast music in the piece…the result is lovely…”

John Story, FANFARE, July/August, 2000

“Krouse’s “Rhapsody” thrills with its enflamed intensity for 21 minutes.”Bill Stibor,

Nebraska Public Radio, WET PAINT, CD of the Month, June, 2000

“The “Rhapsody” starts out like the Bruckner 9th, turns into Mahler’s “Adagietto,” and finally becomes the Barber “Violin Concerto.” Since I love that music, you can imagine how delighted I am to have elements of all that together in one piece!  It’s gorgeous.  I can imagine less sensitive critics rejecting it as “derivative,” but I never understood what was wrong with derivative.  I think we need MORE music that sounds like Bruckner, Mahler, and Barber.”

Donald R. Vroon, Editor in Chief, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, July/August, 2000

"...blazing emotion…Careful – you might get burned!

Bill Stibor, Nebraska Public Radio, WET PAINT, CD of the Month, June, 2000

“Ian Krouse is a thoroughgoing Romantic… really lovely…”

John Story, FANFARE, July/August, 2000 

“Ian Krouse writes in an eclectic yet approachable style, a grab-bag of rhapsodic Romanticism and ethnic-spiced melodies and rhythms. That inspiration was certainly palpable in the impressive programme of his music released on Koch last year…Highly recommended for the works of Ian Krouse, one of the most communicative and intriguing young composers on the music scene today.”


Lawrence A. Johnson, GRAMOPHONE, Awards Issue 2001

“…you’ll be swept away in these resplendent works and performances. What a wonderful surprise this is!  Just when you fall back into thinking that all the good music is old music, the spirit falls on an unexpected candidate living in – of all places – Los Angeles.”


Donald R. Vroon, Editor in Chief, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, July/August, 2000


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“Wild Mountain Thyme,” Scott Tennant, guitarist, with James Walker, flutist, DELOS,
DE 3207 March, 1998.     
                               

Contains:  
AIR, DA CHARA(for guitar)
(for flute and guitar)

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“Romancing the Rose,” Gordon O’Brien, guitarist, UNTAPPED RECORDS, Released 1997.                 

Contains:   
VARIATIONS ON A MOLDAVIAN HORA (for guitar)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Laureate Series,”Guitar Recital,” Jason Vieaux, guitarist, NAXOS 8.553449, released December, 1996.             

Contains: 
VARIATIONS ON A MOLDAVIAN HORA (for guitar)

"Variations On A Moldavian Hora has rightfully earned its way into the repertoire beyond its role as the 1992 Guitar Foundation of America set piece.  Vieaux calls this piece one of the most challenging pieces he has ever performed, yet here these challenges are never evident, as the music flows with grace and fluidity."

William Clements, GFA SOUNDBOARD, Summer, 1998

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“Vistas,” Randall Avers, guitarist, P.I.M.A. Productions, RA40174 released August 20, 1996.              

Contains:   
VARIATIONS ON A MOLDAVIAN HORA (for guitar)  
 
        

“This CD contains a collection of mid to late twentieth-century compositions by composers of the Americas.  Though most of the compositions are well-known guitar staples…some spice is thrown in, as in Ian Krouse’s Variations on a Moldavian Hora.  Those of us in college and playing competitions in the early 90’s will remember this piece well, but it’s well worth another listen.  The piece is difficult, but the fine playing allows one to see that behind this mask is a well-designed, interesting piece.”

 

Andrew Hill, GUITARRA MAGAZINE, Spring, 2007

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 Vistas

"La Rosa, ‘A Passion for Guitar,’ Harold Micay, guitarist, Equinox 10070, released Summer 1996

 

Contains: VARIATIONS ON A MOLDAVIAN HORA (for guitar)

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 Rosa

Labyrinth,” Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, DELOS, DE 3163, released May, 1995.  

Contains:   
LABYRINTH (ON A THEME OF LED ZEPPELIN), (Guitar Quartet No. 5)    
 

 “For once, here’s an adventurous highly crafted work that insults neither high nor low musical camps.  Bravo!"

 

AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, November/December, 1995

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“The Sound of Delos - 20th Anniversary Celebration,” Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, DELOSDE 3509, released Winter, 1994.  

 Contains:  
Folías, (Guitar Quartet No. 4), excerpt  

 

“…Folías, a heated contemporary piece by guitarist Ian Krouse…begins where Boccherini’s flamenco strums end.  Boisterous rasgueado jump starts the 15-minute set of variations which travel back in time as each new treatment of the theme gets closer in language to the original Spanish Renaissance dance; by the fade-out finish, the players have exited one by one, as in Haydn’s Farewell Symphony, giving Folías a ghostly ending that sweeps away the music like so much desert sand and collective memory"

AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, September/October, 1994

 

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“Evening in Granada,” Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, DELOS DE 3144, released July, 1993.               

Contains:   Folías, (Guitar Quartet No. 4)  

“The epic length “Folías” is one of the most fascinating pieces on this disc.  Composed by the contemporary composer Ian Krouse for the quartet, it blends a range of styles and is called a “time travel’ by the composer – starting with a pulsating, lightning fast chorus of plucking and developing to the main theme midway, moving to a fascinating modern sound and then back to its theme, slowing and quietly tapering to its conclusion.  Its diverse sound, from Flamenco to Baroque to modern, creates a piece that sounds both classical and contemporary, its composition much like the group itself.”

“Ian Krouse is a composer whose works the [LAGQ] has played for many years, here a work whose theme is a Spanish dance.  The traditional theme is played after the half-way point, revolving through versions made famous by Sanz and Guererra.  Krouse understands this traditional pattern very well and how to distance himself from it, bringing it to life with a new meaning.”           

GUITAR AND LUTE, 1996

“Folías” even has some vague acoustic echoes of contemporary pop guitarists like Robbie Kreiger of the Doors…”


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Granada

“Echoes of the Old World,” William Kanengiser, guitarist, GUITAR SOLO PUBLICATIONS, GSP CD 1006, released Spring, 1993.              

Contains:
   
DROR YIKRO, (Chassidic Song for Guitar)  

"…he achieves a great depth of emotion and wonderful sonorities with his ersatz cantorial keening, based on a 10th century Hassidic song."

John Schneider, GFA SOUNDBOARD, Winter, 1995

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 Echoes

"Recital”, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, LA GUITARE D’HIER ET D’AUJOURD’HUI,
GHA 126.016, released Winter, 1992.  


Contains:    
BULERÍAS, (Guitar Quartet No. 3)  

“…absorbing, brutal, beautiful, and harsh, all at the same time."

GFA SOUNDBOARD, Winter, 1989-90

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"El Amor Brujo," The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, EL AMOR BRUO, GHA CD 126.001, July, 1987

Contains:   ANTIQUE SUITE, (after Neusidler)

 

"Ian Krouse’s ‘Antique Suite after Neusidler’ is based on pieces by 16th century lutenist Hans Neusidler, and is a dynamic, often unsettling, fusion of 20th  century and Renaissance musical languages."


GUITAR PLAYER, April, 1990

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“La Luna,” Canadian Guitar Trio, SKYLARK, SKY 9802, released 1998.  

Contains:   
EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK (Mozart arr. Krouse)  

 

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“Evening in Granada,” Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, DELOS DE 3144, released July, 1994.  

Contains:   
DANZA RITUEL DEL FUEGO, (Falla - arr. Krouse) (1984)  

 

“The epic length “Folías” is one of the most fascinating pieces on this disc.  Composed by the contemporary composer Ian Krouse for the quartet, it blends a range of styles and is called a “time travel’ by the composer – starting with a pulsating, lightning fast chorus of plucking and developing to the main theme midway, moving to a fascinating modern sound and then back to its theme, slowing and quietly tapering to its conclusion.  Its diverse sound, from Flamenco to Baroque to modern, creates a piece that sounds both classical and contemporary, its composition much like the group itself.”

“Ian Krouse is a composer whose works the [LAGQ] has played for many years, here a work whose theme is a Spanish dance.  The traditional theme is played after the half-way point, revolving through versions made famous by Sanz and Guererra.  Krouse understands this traditional pattern very well and how to distance himself from it, bringing it to life with a new meaning.” 

GUITAR AND LUTE, 1996

“Folías” even has some vague acoustic echoes of contemporary pop guitarists like Robbie Kreiger of the Doors…”

 

 

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  Granada

“The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet,” Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, LA GUITARE D’HIER ET D’AUJOURD’HUI, GHA CD 126.001, released Winter, 1987.     

Contains:           

DANZA RITUEL DEL FUEGO, (Falla - arr. Krouse) (1984)  

 

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“3 Guitars 3,” Sharon Isbin, Laurindo Almeida and Larry Coryell, guitarists, PRO ARTE RECORDS, PAD 235, released 1986.   

Contains:    
MILLER’S DANCE, (Falla - arr. Krouse) (1980)

 

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  3GUITARS

Music for Three Guitars,” de Falla Trio, CONCORD CONCERTO, CC3011, released 1986.
 
Contains:         

FANDANGO (Soler -arr. Krouse
ARAGON
(Albeniz - arr. Krouse),
SUITE FROM ‘EL AMOR BRUJO’ (Falla - arr. Krouse) 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet,” Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, ORFARION OR 2501, released 1984.                         

Contains: 
   
DANZA RITUEL DEL FUEGO (Falla - arr. Krouse) (1984)  

 



 

 

 


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 lAguitar

"Virtuoso Music for Three Guitars,” de Falla Guitar Trio, CONCORD CONCERTO, CC 2007, released 1984.  

Contains:           

CONCERTO IN D (Bach/Ernst - arr. Krouse)
EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK (Mozart - arr. Krouse)
LA VIDA BREVE (Falla - arr. Krouse)
THREE CORNERED HAT SUITE (Falla - arr. Krouse)


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"Labyrinth," guest artist with Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, DELOS, 1995.  
          
Performed on                

LABYRINTH               
 

 “For once, here’s an adventurous highly crafted work that insults neither high nor low musical camps.  Bravo!"

 

AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, November/December, 1995

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 Labyrinth

"Virtuoso Music for Three Guitars," Falla Guitar Trio, CONCORD CONCERTO, CC 2007, released 1984.
 
Performed on  

CONCERTO IN D (Bach/Ernst - arr. Krouse)
EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK (Mozart - arr. Krouse)
LA VIDA BREVE (Falla - arr. Krouse)
THREE CORNERED HAT SUITE (Falla - arr. Krouse)   

 

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