Although the tango has inspired many of the pieces in Serenata of Santa Fe’s concert “Red Tango,” the May 5 program contains quite a diverse group of compositions.
“Carter Brey’s “Tango para llaria” for cello has a driving rhythm, written in an unabashedly Piazzolla-like style,” says cellist Dana Winograd, who plays this solo work.“Brey is a really talented cellist. I think he wrote the piece for himself. It has a nice splash to it.”
Three works by Piazzolla are on the program, including the composer’s “Oblivion” for piano trio, “Jeanne y Paul” and “Milonga del Angel,” which has been arranged for violins, cello and piano by Jeff Louie.
“Tango in a Madhouse from ‘Life with an Idiot’” and “Musica Nostalgica” for cello and piano by Russian composer Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998) are also presented.
“Musica Nostalgica” was written for Schnittke’s friend, cellist Mstislav Rostropovich,” says Winograd. “It’s not at all a Russian-sounding work. It’s actually based on an old simple melody. The music leaps all over the cello for three and a half minutes. “
In addition to a tango by Jacob Gade (1879-1963) and a work by contemporary composer Pavel Karmanov (b.1970), the program also includes works by Rachmaninov and Stravinsky.
Violinists David Felberg and Ruxandra Marquardt and pianist Nathan Salazar join Winograd on stage for Serenata of Santa Fe’s final performance of the season.