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Piazzolla - Les Violons Du Roy, Jean-Marie Zeitouni


Release Date: 12/26/2006 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 22399   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Astor PiazzollaJosé Bragato
Performer:  Pascale GiguèreMichelle SetoBenoit Loiselle
Conductor:  Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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Scintillating, sexy, electric, elegant, sensuous, risky, robust, and just plain exciting and entertaining--those are some of the words that describe this surprising recording from Les Violons du Roy, the Quebec-based period-performance orchestra usually praised for its first-rate Bach, Handel, and Mozart. Now add Piazzolla to the list of this virtuoso ensemble's repertoire--and "virtuoso" not only describes the orchestra's amazing facility but particularly the artistry of violin soloist Pascale Giguère, long-time member of the group who here shines with big-star brilliance. Her
Read more alternately fluid, fanciful, fiery, and always technically assured first movement (Verano/Summer) of the opening Four Seasons of Buenos Aires tells you all you need to know regarding the high energy and artistic level of what's to come.

Giguère's subtle phrase-shaping and sensual mood-setting in the Otoño/Autumn movement, abetted by her like-spirited orchestral accomplices, captures the essence of tango while proving the genius of Leonid Desyatnikov's violin/string orchestra arrangement of Piazzolla's tribute to Vivaldi (originally scored for quintet with piano and bandoneon). In the same movement's cadenza, Giguère's violin not only sings, but nearly speaks via tricky flicks and digs of the bow on strings.

There's plenty more to savor here, ranging from slow and seductive tangos to, well, fast and seductive tangos--and the playing is world-class throughout. Vibrant sound that captures the grit and fiber and sophisticated swagger of this infectious music completes an ideally entertaining--and did I say surprising?--performance. Highly recommended!

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Coral by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Pascale Giguère (Violin)
Conductor:  Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Date of Recording: 05/16/2006 - 05/18/2 
Venue:  Françoys-Bernier Hall, Quebec, Canada 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: No. 1 from "Two Tangos for Sting Orchestra"  
2.
Canyengue by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Pascale Giguère (Violin)
Conductor:  Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Venue:  Françoys-Bernier Hall, Quebec, Canada 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: No. 2 from "Two Tangos for Sting Orchestra"  
3.
María de Buenos Aires: Fuga y misterio by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Michelle Seto (Violin), Pascale Giguère (Violin)
Conductor:  Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; Argentina 
Venue:  Françoys-Bernier Hall, Quebec, Canada 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: José Bragato.
Françoys-Bernier Hall, Quebec, Canada (05/16/2006 - 05/18/2006) 
4.
Graciela y Buenos Aires by José Bragato
Performer:  Benoit Loiselle (Cello), Michelle Seto (Violin)
Conductor:  Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Françoys-Bernier Hall, Quebec, Canada 
Length: 7 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Françoys-Bernier Hall, Quebec, Canada (05/16/2006 - 05/18/2006) 
5.
Milonga del Angel by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Pascale Giguère (Violin)
Conductor:  Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; Argentina 
Venue:  Françoys-Bernier Hall, Quebec, Canada 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: José Bragato.
Françoys-Bernier Hall, Quebec, Canada (05/16/2006 - 05/18/2006) 
6.
La muerte del Angel by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Pascale Giguère (Violin)
Conductor:  Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; Argentina 
Venue:  Françoys-Bernier Hall, Quebec, Canada 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: José Bragato.
Françoys-Bernier Hall, Quebec, Canada (05/16/2006 - 05/18/2006) 
7.
Las estaciones porteñas (4) by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Michelle Seto (Violin), Pascale Giguère (Violin)
Conductor:  Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967-1970; Argentina 
Venue:  Françoys-Bernier Hall, Quebec, Canada 
Length: 28 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Las estaciones porteñas:
(1) Verano porteño, (2) Otoño porteño, (3) Invierno porteño, (4) Primavera porteña
Arranger: Leonid Desyatnikov. 

Featured Sound Samples

Las estaciones porteñas (Piazzolla): I. Verano porteño
Las estaciones porteñas (Piazzolla): III. Invierno porteño
Graciela y Buenos Aires (Bragato)

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