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.
Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999) Concierto Andaluz (1967)
Tiempo de Bolero / Adagio / Allegretto
Patrick Roux (b.1962) Concerto Tradicionuevo (2008)
Café Gardel / En las calles de Buenos Aires
Louis Trépanier (b.1971) La Madeleine du Saint-Laurent (2014)
An audience favourite, this is quintessential Rodrigo – Spanish passion, rhythmic, energetic with a light, fiesta like finale.
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)
Concierto Tradionuevo 21’
CGQ premiere with the Gatineau Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Yves Léveillé (February 20, 2010)
La Madeleine du Saint-Laurent 12’
CGQ premiered with the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra at the Alla Grande Guitar Festival on February 14th, 2014
Conducted by Kevin Mallon