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Pacifica Quartet's Brandon Vamos Q&A's with Strings Magazine on 'Souvenirs of Spain and Italy'

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Spain and Italy have much more in common than shared Latin-derived languages and sun dappled beaches on the azure Mediterranean Sea. Cellist Brandon Vamos contends that the music from both cultures is compatible. "They work so well together," he says. Vamos, who founded the Pacifica Quartet with his wife violinist Simin Ganatra in 1994, puts his thesis to the test with Souvenirs of Spain & Italy. Drawing from a time span encompassing the Baroque era to the present day, the Cedille release features compositions from Spaniard Joaquín Turina, plus Spanish-influenced pieces by a trio of Italians-Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Antonio Vivaldi, and Luigi Boccherini. 

Although the quartet, comprised of second violinist Austin Hartman and violist Mark Holloway along with Vamos and Ganatra, essay an anxious and introspective version of Turino's "La oración del torero," they are joined on the remaining compositions by multiple-Grammy-award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin.

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