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

Centenary Piazzolla: The Rhythm of the Dance

02 Jul 2021


Violin Concerto BWV 1056R*


Bandonéon Concerto, 'Aconcagua'


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




Thomas Gould


Rafał Łuc



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

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