Centenary Piazzolla: The Rhythm of the Dance - Britten Sinfonia - What's On

Centenary Piazzolla: The Rhythm of the Dance


02 – 02 Jul 2021

Bach

Violin Concerto BWV 1056R*

Piazzolla

Bandonéon Concerto, 'Aconcagua'

Various

A medley of folk/dance arrangements for strings (from Scandinavia, Transylvania, Scotland, USA)

Piazzolla

Libertango/Oblivion

Artists

Thomas Gould

director/violin

Rafał Łuc

bandoneón

Summary

Join Thomas Gould and Britten Sinfonia for a heady summer evening celebrating the rhythm of the dance, from spicy tango to gypsy folk music. In what would have been Astor Piazzolla’s 100th birthday year, the accordion-like bandoneon – the quintessential sound of the Argentinian tango – takes centre stage with a performance of his virtuoso concerto by exciting up and coming accordionist, Rafał Łuc. It’s a piece that blends all the sultry elegance and frenzied intensity of the Latin dance-hall. There’s a nod to Bach’s influence on Piazzolla, a dash of folk and dance music from around the world, and finally Piazzolla’s most iconic pairing: the smoky Oblivion and the raw, racy Libertango.

*the Bach concerto is a transcription of the F minor keyboard concerto