Piazzolla’s Four Seasons
7:30PM, Saturday, November 4, 2017
Knox United Church
838 Spadina Crescent E
Saskatoon, SK S7K 3H4
($37 – $44)

Eric Paetkau, Music Director
Pascale Giguere, violin

Violinist Pascale Giguere joins the SSO as soloist and guest concert master for our first Baroque concert of the year.

Vivaldi’s music paired with unique sounds of South America – the feature work of the concert is Astro Pizzaolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.  Its a passionate piece that pays homage to Vivaldi’s masterwork.

Travel to Buenos Aires with Argentina’s tango king.

Concerto for Strings in D Major – Antonio Vivaldi

Violin Concerto in D Major – Antonio Vivaldi

Terpsichord – Georg Fredric Handel

Four Seasons of Buenos Aires – Astro Piazzolla

Pascale Giguère has been a member of Les Violons du Roy since 1995. She was co-concertmaster from 2000 to 2013, and has been concertmaster since 2014. She has performed with the ensemble in some of the world’s leading venues, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and Carnegie Hall in New York, and at leading festivals in Canada, the United States and Europe. Pascale Giguère has also taken part in recordings with Les Violons for the labels DORIAN, ATMA and VIRGIN CLASSICS.

 In recent years, Pascale Giguère has appeared as a soloist with Les Violons du Roy, in particular in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 and Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons; the latter work was recorded by ATMA and recently received a Juno award. She has also performed with L’Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, L’Orchestre symphonique de Laval and L’Orchestre des Grands ballets canadiens, with which she played Stravinsky’s Concerto in D, an experience she repeated in December 2006 with L’Orchestre symphonique de Québec conducted by Yoav Talmi. In recent seasons she has appeared as a guest soloist at the Domaine Forget international festival and the Parry Sound Festival.

 Pascale Giguère studied at the Montréal conservatory with Raymond Dessaints, obtaining Premier Prix diplomas in violin and chamber music. She has also won several important prizes, including Grand Prize at the CIBC National Music Festival, First Prize at the Orchestre symphonique de Québec competition, and the prestigious Prix d’Europe award in 1993, which allowed her to continue her studies at Boston University with Roman Totenberg, Peter Zazovski and the Muir Quartet.

Four Seasons of Buenos Aires – Piazzolla – 30 mins

Verano Porteño (Buenos Aires Summer) – written in 1965, originally as incidental music for the play ‘Melenita de Oro’ by Alberto Rodríguez Muñoz.[

Otoño Porteño (Buenos Aires Autumn) – written in 1969.

Primavera Porteña (Buenos Aires Spring) – written in 1970, contains counterpoint.

Invierno Porteño (Buenos Aires Winter) – written in 1970.

In 1996-1998, the Russian composer Leonid Desyatnikov made a new arrangement of the above four pieces with more obvious link between Vivaldi and Piazzolla, by converting each of pieces into three-section pieces, and re-arranging for solo violin and string orchestra. In each piece he included several quotations from original Vivaldi’s work but due to seasons being inverted between northern and southern hemispheres, thus, for example, Verano Porteño had added elements of L’inverno (Winter) of Vivaldi.

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