Recorded on 09/09/2009, uploaded on 12/29/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
When music lovers world-wide hear the phrase
"The Four Seasons," they immediately associate it with Antonio
Vivaldi's memorable work. Composers ever since have referenced his
masterpiece; and Astor Piazzolla was to join their ranks when he composed his
own Cuatro estaciones porteñas.
Piazzolla was a marvelous composer with a distinctive
musical sound that combined jazz and the Argentinian tango with
classical. He was, without question, Argentina's greatest cultural export, as composer and as
virtuoso on the bandoneon.
The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires is an extraordinarily interesting work.
Not only does it share with Vivaldi the
general concept of depicting four seasons in music; it also presents a solo
violin featured within an orchestral texture in highly virtuosic style. Yet
initially, this work was written for a folk ensemble, not at all for virtuoso
violin. © Dr. Beth Fleming
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