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Canadian Guitar Quartet with Orchestra

There is something about watching four guitarists playing with orchestra that is very exciting for audiences. Whether it’s from all four guitars strumming in Rodrigo’s “Concierto Andaluz” or from listening to the dramatic rhythmic interplay of Patrick Roux’s latest concerto, the CGQ has received a standing ovation every time they have performed with symphony orchestra.

 

Concerto Repertoire

Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999) Concierto Andaluz (1967)

Tiempo de Bolero / Adagio / Allegretto

 

Patrick Roux (b.1962) Aux rythmes des quartiers latins (1995)

 

 

Patrick Roux (b.1962) Concerto Episodique (2003)

Eveil / Envol / Mémoire / Destin

 

Patrick Roux (b.1962) Concerto Tradicionuevo (2008)

Café Gardel / En las calles de Buenos Aires

 

 

Louis Trépanier (b.1971) Hoe Down (2004)

 

An audience favourite, this is quintessential Rodrigo – Spanish passion, rhythmic, energetic with a light, fiesta like finale.

 

Roux’s first concerto for guitar quartet and orchestra is a single movement work depicting the colours and variety of moods found in the Latin quarter of a big South American city like São Paulo.

 

A dramatic and powerful concerto celebrating the different stages of life; from birth and growth to memories in later years and one’s destiny in life.

This “tango” concerto begins with a homage to the traditional tango of Carlos Gardel and the moods found in the famous Café Gardel in Buenos Aires. The finale moves the audience into the Tango Nuevo of Astor Piazzolla and was inspired by a harrowing taxi ride the CGQ experienced on their way to their Buenos Aires concert debut.

A delightful and virtuosic medley of well known melodies. It’s all in good fun, with the audience smiling as they try to count the number of tunes they recognize.

 

Instrumentation, Timings and Premiere

Concierto Andaluz 24’

2 flutes (2nd also piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, strings

Premiered by Los Romeros and the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Victor Alessandro (November 18, 1967)

Aux rythmes des quartiers latins 14’

Version 1 – strings and timpani

Version 2 – 1 flute, 1 clarinet, strings and timpani

CGQ premiere with the Ensemble Instrumental Appassionata

Conducted by Daniel Myssyk for national broadcast on CBC Radio Canada (November 28, 2001)

Concerto Episodique 23’

Version 1 – strings

Version 2 – 1 flute, 2 clarinets, 3 trombones, strings and timpani

CGQ premiere with the Regina Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Victor Sawa for national broadcast on CBC Radio (January 22, 2005)

Concierto Tradionuevo 21’

Strings

CGQ premiere with the Gatineau Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Yves Léveillé (February 20, 2010)

Hoe Down 12’

1 flute (also piccolo), 1 oboe, 1 clarinet (also on clarinet in A), 1 bassoon, 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, 1 glockenspiel/xylophone, percussion (snare drum, bass drum, cymbals) and strings

CGQ premiered with the Regina Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Victor Sawa for national broadcast on CBC Radio (January 22, 2005)