Musica Latina -
welcomed by the late
'... high octane committment to the entire programme.'
Since it was formed in 1994 the immensely popular Toronto-based Quartetto Gelato (QG) appears to have completed seven CDs — the first (1998) for Marquis Music (established 1981), two for Koch and four with Linus Entertainment, a company started by Geoff Kulawick, former vice president of A&R at Virgin Records / EMI Music Canada.
Within this time the quartet has recorded arrangements of the concert hall, opera house, Neopolitan favourites, plus baroque, folk, national idioms and a smattering of Roma music from Eastern and Central Europe.
Now, their long-awaited Latin programme has emerged following a break of nearly four years in which cellist Christina Reiko Cooper left the group to get married while oboist / founding member Cynthia Steljes (1960-2006) was tragically taken by lung cancer.
George Meanwell (guitar, cello and mandolin), another founding member, referred to Cynthia as the 'cohesive intelligence of the quartet without whom the rest of us would fly off in all directions.'
Copyright © 16 January 2016
Estate of the late Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand