Tangos & Fandangos

Tangos & Fandangos

Dueling cellos and dueling guitars stake out their territory on stage in this Mediterranean romp for nine players. Boccherini quintets, including the “Fandango” quintet, meet the notorious “Tango Concerto for two Viola da Gambas” by AF’s own René Schiffer.

“A tour-de-force performance… revealing Schiffer’s interpretive imagination and patrician command of the cello.”

René Schiffer

René Schiffer
cello/viola da gamba

Mimé Brinkman

Mimé Brinkman
cello/viola da gamba

Hear the music

Tango Concerto, mvt. 4
Quintet No. 4 "Fandango"

René Schiffer on his “Tango Concerto” for Two Violas da Gamba

“My Concerto for Two Gambas originated as a playful attempt to show that the viola da gamba can be a loud instrument, and that baroque and classical composers were wrong in their failure to provide us with true concertos for it.  Thanks to the use of chords and double stops, I think the two gambas hold their own in this piece against an ensemble of strings and guitars. The intimate, plaintive Adagio Morganesco is written in the idiom of Bach, Vivaldi and their immediate followers.  It is interrupted by a violent cadenza leading up to the Tango.  Though the Tango is, of course, a 20th-century genre, I felt it was the perfect ending for this concerto.  The dance’s signature elements of rhythmic simplicity and harmonic ostinato structure are also characteristic of many baroque dance forms used to conclude many pieces of the time.  The entire concerto is dedicated to my teacher, the American gambist Catharina Meints, whose virtuoso command of the instrument and dedicated teaching have established the viola da gamba as a true concert instrument in North America.”

– René Schiffer

Venue Guide
Friday, Nov. 15, 8:00pm – Fairmount Presbyterian Church, CLEVELAND HTS.
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2:00pm* – Federated Church, CHAGRIN FALLS
Saturday, Nov. 16, 8:00pm – Fairmount Presbyterian Church, CLEVELAND HTS.
Sunday, Nov. 17, 4:00pm – ROCKY RIVER Presbyterian Church
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7:30pm† – First United Methodist Church, AKRON
*Saturday matinée is 1 hr. 20 min.
†50% discount tickets for WKSU members (seating in sections B & C only). Offer is based on availability and may not be combined with any other discount.
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Artwork: A Music Lesson, Seville, Phillip, John (1817-67) / Private Collection / Photo © Bonhams, London, UK / The Bridgeman Art Library