ANTONIO VIVALDI / ASTOR PIAZZOLLA
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is without question one of the best known pieces of baroque music in the world. It is also a masterpiece that, with the inopportune use to which it has been put, has bit by bit become thought of as ‘elevator music’. In the 1960s, Astor Piazzolla, bandoneon maestro and creator of ‘Tango Nuevo’, composed his own Four Seasons as an homage and an urban response to Vivaldi’s pastoral concertos.
RICHARD GALLIANO / THE EIGHT SEASONS
Now it is turn of another musical innovator, Richard Galliano, to take on Vivaldi’s work. Surrounded by a string quintet, with whom he has already interpreted works by Bach, the accordionist will play Vivaldi’s score in a way that clearly brings out its original melody and brightness. A score to which he adds Piazzolla’s, knocking old Europe and the new world together … Eight seasons in total, highlighting all the subtleties of Galliano’s unique approach.
THE ACCORDION REBORN / NEW MUSETTE
A true reformer of the accordion, Richard Galliano is without a doubt heir to his friend Astor Piazzola (1921–1992). To the Argentinian’s ‘Tango Nuevo’, Franco-Italian Galliano responds with his ‘New Musette’, pushing the resolutely working-class instrument to its limits. Galliano has played alongside Chet Baker, Ron Carter, Michel Petrucciani, Michel Portal, Bobby McFerrin and Les Rita Mitsouko!