The guitar can cross musical boundaries like no other instrument, its shape-shifting qualities conveying it instantly, from biting twang to gentle iridescence. A guitar quartet performing Australian contemporary works may seem one-dimensional on paper, but this is a truly thrilling and beautiful album. It helps, of course, that Guitar Trek’s skill and musicianship on each of their myriad instruments is staggering—Nigel Westlake’s cinematic 6 Fish shimmers on the group’s steel-stringed instruments, while Richard Charlton’s Guitar Quartet No. 8 “Five Tails in Cold Blood” inspires ensemble work of mesmerizing precision with fizzing, jazz-inspired licks. Phillip Houghton’s kaleidoscopic, emotive Opals explores every inch of the guitars’ musical potential. Ending the album, Elena Kats-Chernin’s “Bleached Memories” pays a lighthearted, ragtime homage to the guitar’s Baroque heritage.
6 Fish (Version for Guitar Quartet)
I. No. 1, Guitarfish
II. No. 2, Sunfish
III. No. 3, Spangled Emperor
IV. No. 4, Sling-Jaw Wrasse
V. No. 5, Leafy Sea Dragon
VI. No. 6, Flying Fish
Guitar Quartet No. 8 "5 Tails in Cold Blood"
II. Lace Monitor
III. Manta Ray Ballet
IV. Water Dragon Dreams
Nocturne (Version for Guitar Quartet)
I. Black Opal
II. Water Opal
III. White Opal
News from Nowhere
I. Flux "Being Lost in Long Grass" – Trance "Seeing the River"
II. Drift "Slow Boat To Nowhere.Stars On Night Water in The Aqua Realm"
III. Rocks "The Arrival. And the Rocks Hum and Hover"
Wave Radiance (Colour: The Skin of Resonance) [Version for Guitar Quartet]