Pennsylvania’s Westmoreland Symphony’s “Nuevo Tango” program: Piazzolla, Arriaga, Turina

Posted on: March 25, 2022

“Violinist Chee-Yun will return to the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra to perform Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla’s tango masterpiece, ‘The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’ ” on Saturday, writes Shirley McMarlin in Tuesday’s (3/22) Tribune-Review (Pennsylvania). “ ‘The whole program has a Latin inspiration,’ said artistic director Daniel Meyer…. ‘Nuevo Tango’ also will feature … works by two Spanish composers—Juan Arriaga’s Symphony in D Major and Joaquin Turina’s ‘The Bullfighter’s Prayer.’ Piazzolla was the premier composer of ‘nuevo tango,’ a new style that transformed the genre in the 1950s by introducing new instruments such as the saxophone and electric guitar, along with new forms of harmonic and melodic structure. The symphony will play an arrangement … for solo violin and strings…. ‘The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’ … ‘has a few little nods to Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”—little snippets, little references to the original that everybody knows and loves,’ [said Meyer]…. Arriaga’s … ‘work has all the beauty, the melody and the classical structure of a Mozart or Beethoven symphony, but also the lyricism … that you might find in Schubert.’ … Although ‘The Bullfighter’s Prayer’ originally was written for string quartet, the Westmoreland Symphony version will feature the whole string orchestra.”