Watch: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, but played tango-style on a concertina

24 July 2018, 17:36

By Maddy Shaw Roberts

The final coda to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons sounds especially thrilling in this new tango arrangement for string ensemble and bandoneon.

The piece is called ‘Tango Seasons: Seasons Recomposed III’, a mash-up of Vivaldi’s original Quattro stagioni with Astor Piazzolla’s Seasons.

The piece, arranged by bandoneon player Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, aims to capture the atmosphere and climate of Buenos Aires.

A bandoneon is a type of concertina, traditional of Argentinian tango music – and the way Pietrodarchi plays it is pretty jaw-dropping.

The performance was by the Cappella Gabetta ensemble, led by Andrés Gabetta, and was filmed at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, which runs from 13 July to 1 September 2018.

Watch the whole concert here.