Jose Gonzalez | La Magia Del Cuatro Clasico

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La Magia Del Cuatro Clasico

by Jose Gonzalez

Puerto Rico’s “Cuatro” performs the beautiful music of the great Classical Masters, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Granados, Faure, and Ravel in this historic recording- Unique.
Genre: Latin: Latin Folk
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1. Classical Gas
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2. Hornpipe
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3. Playera
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4. Cancion Catalana
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5. Brandenburg Concerto -1st Movement
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6. Pavane Pour Une Enfante Defunte
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7. Allegro in G
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8. Pavane
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9. Toy for 2 Lutes
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10. Concierto in C - 1st Movement
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11. Allegro in D
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12. Cancion Andina
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13. Homenaje a Millito
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14. Cavatina
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Album Notes
Bestselling CD at Borders! - Over 1,500 copies sold in Borders of Plaza Las Americas- San Juan Puerto Rico in the month of Sept, 2008 alone!

Puerto Rico’s national instrument, “El Cuatro”, shines on this one of a kind recording, bringing to life the timeless music of the great classical composers. This is a historic recording where these great timeless melodies and the beautiful sounds of “El Cuatro Puertorriqueño” create a mesmerizing combination together.!
The “Cuatro” is traditionally limited to jíbaro/folk music of Puerto Rico. In this new recording, the “Cuatro” performs music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Impressionistic periods as well as traditional music of the Americas.

El Cuatro Puertorriqueño interpreta de manera magistral las hermosas obras de los grandes compositores Clásicos.

“La Magia Del Cuatro Clasico”

El Cuatro Puertorriqueno conquista el mundo de la musica clasica en esta excelente grabacion - posiblemente “la mejor grabacion instrumental 2008”!

Llega a Puerto Rico “La Magia Del Cuatro Clasico”, la nueva produccion musical del guitarrista/cuatrista puertorriqueno Jose Gonzalez para el 2008. Una grabacion unica que seguro establece al Cuatro Puertorriqueno firmemente en el mundo de la musica clasica de una manera virtuosistica e impresionante. Famosas obras del repertorio clasico, renacentista, barroco, impresionista y moderno interpretadas magistralmente en el Cuatro Puertorriqueno y la guitarra clasica (ambos instrumentos tocados por Jose Gonzalez).
La musica de los grandes maestros clasicos, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, Ravel, Faure, Debussy y Granados aqui se engalana con el toque distinctivo del Cuatro Puertorriqueno. Una grabacion esencial para todo coleccionista amante de nuestro instrumento nacional.
Jose Gonzalez y Criollo Clasico se presentaran este mes de diciembre en conciertos en el Boston Fine Arts Museum, First Night Worcester, First Night Northampton, Hostos Community College (NYC) y El Museo del Barrio (NYC.)

Jose Gonzalez / Criollo Clasico- “San Juan 2007! ”
Hispanic Excellence in Music Award
(we are located in Amherst, Massachusetts)-

The Caribbean comes alive with one of Puerto Rico’s most outstanding and eclectic music groups!

Four time Putumayo World Music guitarist Jose Gonzalez leads his Criollo Clasico musicians in a spellbinding concert of the contemporary festive sounds of San Juan and El Caribe. The hot rhythms of Latin music shine in this unique concert setting! Ten critically acclaimed recordings and hundreds of live concerts. Fiesta en San Juan!
(see concert reviews at bottom!)

See us performing a \"Seis Chorreao\" live in our recent Puerto Rico 2007 Summer Tour in Old San Juan\'s hottest music club! - Nuyorican Cafe-

-performing \"Sueno en el Yunque\" on Puerto Rico TV-

Performing \"Suite Verde\" at UMass, Amherst, MA

see us live this winter in New England- at Museum Fine Arts -Boston (Dec 9) 1st Night Worcester(Dec 31), 1st Night Northampton (Dec 31), Museo del Barrio NYC (Jan 6, 2008!)

Contact us for Press Kit and new CD!
Maybe your next event should be different from the rest!

-See us perform at First Night Worcester (Dec 31, 2007) with our \"Caribbean Fiesta for Kids\"(5:15 PM) and \"Feliz Navidad Boricua\" (7:15) shows back to back!

- See us perform our and \"Feliz Navidad Boricua\"at First Night Northampton (Dec 31, 2007) 10:30 PM –Center for the Arts

See us perform at Museum Fine Arts (Boston) December 9, 2007 at 1:30 PM

See us perform at Museo del Barrio (New York City) January 6, 2008! Dia de los Reyes!

-New DVD – “Memories of Puerto Rico” featuring the music of Jose Gonzalez and Criollo Clasico! Available now – special price to our fans! See info below! Just arrived today!

Memories of Puerto Rico is a DVD with unforgettable video footage and still images endorsed by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. It includes 300 images divided into 6 galleries that run as a slide show. Images include English and Spanish subtitles so you know what you are looking at. The DVD includes a 20 minute video featuring the most beautiful sites Puerto Rico has to offer its visitors or inhabitants. The video features English and Spanish subtitles and the background music of José González and Criollo Clásico Band.

To order the DVD , or the new children’s CD “Caribbean Fiesta for Kids: or the new instrumental “Festival” CD please go to, Amazon.Com , or MusicaBoricua .com

or contact us
Visit our new website!
(Call (413) 253-9639 or e-mail for demo tape or information).

Guitarist, composer and virtuoso Cuatro player, Jose Gonzalez, is one of the top contemporary performers of Latin music. Acclaimed for his original compositions featuring “the Cuatro”, (Puerto Rico’s national instrument), his eleven self-produced recordings have become bestsellers. His music is featured on NBC, PBS, CNN, cable TV, as well as four “Putumayo World Music” CDs and the Bose Corp. “World Music”CD.

Jose has performed in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico, Martinique, Curacao, and the U.S.A. with major Latin artists such as Danny Rivera, Andres Jimenez, Roy Brown, Lucecita Benitez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Tito Auger, Haciendo Punto en Otro Son, El Topo, Libertad Lamarque, Sandro and Braulio,
Jose has performed major concerts at:

1. Boston Fine Arts Museum 10. U-Conn / U-Mass
2. Berklee Performance Center 11. Yale University, New Haven,CT
3. U-MASS, “Bright Moments Festival 12. Princeton University, New Jersey
4. Chicago Arts and Science Museum 13. Hartford Symphony Orchestra
5. University of Puerto Rico 14. Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra
6. 1st Night Hartford/Providence/Worcester 15. World Guitar Festival, Martinique
7. Heineken Jazz Jam Series, Puerto Rico 16. Bronx Arts Ensemble, NYC
8. Connecticut Classical Guitar Society 17. OAS (Washington, DC)
9. New Jersey Chamber Music Society 18. Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music
10. Philadelphia Art Museum 19. Holyoke Civic Symphony Orchestra

Programs Now Available
1- Criollo Clasico --Duo or Quartet (acoustic / instrumental) Latin American, classical, pop, jazz and original music performed on Spanish guitars, Puerto Rican Cuatro, Flute and Latin Percussion.
2.-Banda Criolla (vocal / Dance) 8-piece Festive Latin Band performing the hot dance rhythms of top Latino artists such as Santana, Juan Luis Guerra, Gypsy Kings, Strunz and Farah and Banda Criolla.

NEW CD’s and Programs!
-Special Childrens Concert/workshop / “Caribbean Fiesta for Kids”

-Super Parranda/Navidad- Feliz Navidad Boricua!- Festive Latin Xmas Show – (Jose was music director/Cuatrista for Danny Rivera’s top three selling Christmas CD’s”) His own CD - Feliz Navida Boricua is a hit with fans of Parrandas and available now at

Jose Gonzalez is a participating artist in the New England States Touring Program.
Financial support may be available for performances! Call NEFA at (617) 951-0010

Visit our new website!
(Call (413) 253-9639 or e-mail for demo tape or information).

Top Thirty reasons to bring the music of Jose Gonzalez to your next event!

1-“I really loved the music I heard from you. It was the right stuff at the right time.. Very alive, very refreshing!! Thank you!” George N. Parks, Professor of Music, Director, UMass Minuteman Marching Band, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

2—“What an excellent performance by Banda Criolla! Everyone on campus thought you were fabulous and enjoyed the concert. It was the best performance the Culture House has ever had! Ross Firsenbaum – Culture House /Amherst College

3--\"Our audience that evening, myself included, was enthralled by the beauty and sophistication of your musical compositions and the outstanding talent of all the musicians. Your performance unquestionably ranks at the very top among the many events we have produced over the past 20 years.\" -Valeriano Ramos – Asst. Dean of Yale College, CT

4--“The audience that evening enjoyed one of the most beautiful concerts presented in San Juan in recent years. The genius of Gonzalez, not only performing on our national instrument ,the Cuatro, but as musical director and arranger make this one of the most prestigious music ensembles of Puerto Rico.” Marisa Rosado/President Casa Aboy Cultural Center/San Juan, Puerto Rico

5-\"The dynamic sound of Jose Gonzalez\'s Criollo Clasico resonated throughout the Leslie Phelps Forum at Holyoke Community College yesterday and brought a full house to its feet by the end of the performance\". Natalia E Arbulu- Union News Newspaper/ MA

6-\"Spectacular;\" \"the best program at Holyoke Community College in a long time;\".. \"a real treat!;.. \"Jose\'s music is a gift to the soul! Orlando Isaza/ Senior Special Programs Coordinator//HCC

7--“Your performance was a rousing success! In the history of our “Ovations” program, we have never received so many notes and e-mail messages expressing gratitude and enthusiasm for a concert. The student response was one of irrepresible joy. Thank you so much for such a wonderful program” - Gail Dunn co-chair of “Ovations”- STCC, MA

8-From the opening bars Criollo Clasico captured the enchanted audience of over 1,000 listeners complete and rapt attention. Jose, we adored hosting you! ...we are eager to invite these terrifically exciting musicians back to our stage! Alison Meyers/Director, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT

9-“Your music was magnificent, and undoubtedly one of the finest events we have presented in recent years. Your ensemble was especially impressive, as were your high professional standards and ability to communicate so effectively with everyone. Thank you for your wonderful concert!” “Dr. Terry Jenoure- Director “Augusta Savage Gallery” UMASS, Amherst, MA

10-Criollo Clasico wins loud applause in Ashfield. A very enthusiastic audience just wouldn’t let Criollo Clasico leave. Even after two encore pieces the applause in Ashfield Town Hall was as loud as ever! – The Recorder, Greenfield.,MA

11-\"I\'m happy to report that the concert was a huge success, and everyone loved the wonderful artistry of your performance. I look forward to another collaboration!\" - William Scribner –Artistic Director “Bronx Arts Ensemble, New York

12- I’d like to thank you for the incredible performance by Jose Gonzalez and BANDA CRIOLLA!
Gil Martinez, President & CEO Hispanic Professional Network, Inc.Hartford,CT

13-\" the very warm and appreciative reaction of the audience expressed how pleased they were with the excellence of the performance. We will gladly present you here again!.\"
- Paquita Vivo - (OAS Washington, DC)

14-\"You filled the room with fantastic music ...thanks for a very special and successful event.\" - Joseph
Coransanti - Vice President Legal Affairs Conmed Corp. (Utica, NY)

15-“ The music was absolutely wonderful and people could not stop dancing the entire night! We have
gotten HUGE numbers of compliments about the music, I have to thank you for exceeding all of our
expectations .” Abigail Warshaw/Mass General Hospital, Boston,MA

16-José González/ Criollo Clásico were the stars of our January Term this year .. Our audience demanded an encore
performance! Margaret Schramm - Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY

17- Your music made the Maplewood come alive in a way that no other musician has been able to do in
the whole year that I\'ve been booking there - numerous acts....just can\'t touch the beauty and energy of
your touched many peoples hearts and souls that night, including mine. Truly
unforgettable! Thank you so much! Laura Wood- Director- Maplewood Music Series,

18- An hour was not nearly enough time to enjoy the quality of your soulful lively performance. Jose
Gonzalez and Banda Criolla mesmerized all!”\" Amparo Ochoa/ Intl Festival/ Wheaton College,MA

19-_\"Gonzalez highlighted his musicality and virtuosism as a soloist with expressive phrasing and awesome technique!\"
– Jaime Torres Torres - El Nuevo Dia (University of Puerto Rico)

20 - Jose, You and your quartet are incredible musicians, . it was a real pleasure working with you and listening to you. -
David Kidwell-Conductor - Holyoke Civic Symphony Orchestra, Mass.

21- If you are interested in a band, I would recommend José González, he has been featured
on the Putumayo World Music label and I have heard them perform in various settings for mixed audiences: they
are hot! Luis Melendez WFCR Radio/UMASS -Amherst-MA

22-Many people have made a point of telling me how much they appreciated your performance. The artistic
director of Princeton University Concerts, also sends his thanks. Feel free to refer anyone to us who\'s
considering hiring Criollo Clasico in the future. Michael Stone, Princeton University Concerts.

23-Applause! Applause! Thank you so much for your outstanding performance today! It was
wonderful! Carole Cowles, Eaglebrook School, Deerfield, MA

24-Jose, Thanks for a great performance! Joyce Magee- CT Classical Guitar Society

25 -\"Over 5,500 audience members in attendance concurred with me through their enthusiastic ovations.
Our office has received numerous positive messages complimenting the band for their artistry,
professionalism, punctuality, and congeniality.\" -Roberta Uno - (U-Mass, Amherst)

26-“The concert at the Hill-stead Museum on Wednesday was fabulous!”
Antonio Marrero- Eastern Connecticut State University.

27-“Awesome!- The best music we have ever had!,.. for any event!”
Steve Mutti - Historic Wayside Inn, Sudbury,MA

28-“Thank you for a wonderful performance, judging from the reactions of the students, you killed! (in my
estimation you did, too!)”. Caroline Gear-- Hampshire College-

29-Thank you for your outstanding performance on Saturday. Your music made for one of the finest
concerts we’ve held at the library. Carol Luers Eymen/ Nashua Public Library, NH

30- Your talent and unique blend of music kept the audience enticed and entertained. Your performance was greatly appreciated by everyone! Oleha Ripnick -Mountain Culture Festival, Hunter, NY



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Macs Perkins

This is a first-rate collection of classical and folk music arrangements, with Mason Williams's faux-classical-turned-folk "Classical Gas" as a sort of link between the two genres. (The cuatro is simply the traditional Puerto Rican folk guitar, if you wish to call it that.) There are a couple of minor things I might have done differently as a musician, but that is purely a matter of interpretation. The selections are varied, and there's not a poor pick in the bunch. The playing is excellent and wonderfully recorded.