Le Grand Tango – from the Romantic to the Dramatic
Wednesday 1 November, 1.05-2pm
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
Swindon Recital Series’ November Lunchtime Concert presents pieces for viola and piano that span two centuries of music from the Romantic era of Schumann and Brahms to the Latin sound of Piazzola.
The programme opens with Schumann’s elegant ‘Fairy-tale pictures’, which evokes atmospheres and impressions ranging from a magical child-like realm to the dream-like world of the tortured artist. This is followed by the beautiful and warm sounds of Brahms second viola sonata, first performed in Vienna in 1895 when Brahms himself was the pianist. The final piece is by 20thC Argentinean composer Piazzola who revolutionized the tango by incorporating elements of jazz and classical music.
‘Le Grand Tango’ is a passionate and dramatic piece and is played here by Carmen Flores (pictured) and Paul Turner. Carmen is originally from San Diego, California who, as a Fulbright Scholar, spent a year in The Philippines studying Filipino music. Appointed Principal Viola of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia in 2007 Carmen has also appeared as Guest Principal Viola with the orchestras of the Canadian Opera Company and English National Opera in addition to appearing with many distinguished artists, amongst them the famous violinist Midori. Paul, an international artist and highly-respected accompanist, is well-known to Swindon audiences as the Founder of the Swindon Recital Series.
Tickets are £5. Tea and cakes are available beforehand in the Wyvern’s Café Bar for £3.50.
Information about the recital series can be found at www.swindonrecitalseries.org.