Kiss The Guitar Player

Kiss The Guitar Player

by Gustav Klimt String Quartet



Klimt!, otherwise known as the Gustav Klimt String Quartet, says in the booklet notes (in Dutch and English) that its aim with Kiss the Guitar Player was "to portray a kaleidoscopic view of the Dutch guitar scene." This the group does, but, as often happens when something is done well, it also accomplishes something beyond the original goal. The music is light, and the album title whimsical, but this album does nothing less than reflect on the relationship between the guitar and the bowed strings, in the past as well as the present. When you first hear the quartet playing funky music in the opening "Gustav on the Rocks," by guitarist Peter Tiehuis, you may think this is another of the many attempts at Kronos Quartet cloning that appeared in CD catalogs, but the program quickly becomes more diverse. The key is that most of the music was newly comissioned, from performing guitarists, and it set only a single condition: the composer was not to use a concerto-like texture, with the strings backing up the guitar, but rather was charged with creating the titular "dialogues." Put that together with the variety of styles these guitarist-composers play and you've got a couple of intersecting axes that result in music falling all over the range. Bert Meulendijk's "Into Ecstasy" (track 2) sets rock electric guitar against high string duets. There is classic pop, jazz, more or less formal concert music, and flamenco influences at several points. The frame is perfectly set in place with the inclusion of a couple of movements of the conventional starting point of music for guitar and string quartet, the "Quintet in D major for guitar and strings, G. 448," of Luigi Boccherini. Let's just say these are heavily tweaked. A delightful release combining experiment and entertainment in a way at which the Dutch seem to excel.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/2009
Label: Challenge
UPC: 0608917233322
catalogNumber: 72333


  1. Gustav on the rocks, for guitar & string quartet  (05:40)
  2. Into ecstasy, for guitar & string quartet  (04:16)
  3. Quintet for guitar & strings in D major ("Fandango"), G. 448 (arrangement of String Quintets, G. 270 & 341): Fandango

    1. Fandango  (05:45)
  4. Beyond reminiscence-universal, for guitar, string quartet, double bass & percussion  (05:04)
  5. Rumba de tuti, for guitar, string quartet, double bass & percussion  (03:11)
  6. What is there to say?, song  (04:45)
  7. Toccata, for guitar & string quartet  (04:28)
  8. Trinity, for string quartet

    1. Adagio  (05:50)
    2. Allegro feroce  (04:13)
    3. Largo  (04:43)
  9. Sunday night shuffle, for guitar & string quartet  (05:10)
  10. Thingin', for jazz ensemble  (06:07)
  11. Catch the groove, for guitar & string quartet  (05:15)
  12. Kiss the guitar player, for 2 guitars  (07:03)
  13. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Dance of the seven veils

    1. Dance of the seven veils  (06:38)

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