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Brahms’ Fourth

Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera’s Estancia is based on a 1941 ballet that follows the romance between a city boy who falls in love with a country girl. José Lezcano’s world premiere was written specifically for BPO principal double bassist Daniel Pendley and associate principal double bassist Brett Shurtliffe. Finally, Brahms’ Fourth is melancholy yet comfortingly familiar – a monumental work known for some of the most radiant music of the nineteenth century.

About Concierto Hispanoamericano

Written on commission and dedicated to conductor Maestra JoAnn Falletta, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and its two principal bassists, Daniel Pendley and Brett Shurtliffe, this double concerto is an eclectic work.  In its jazzy harmonies, syncopated rhythms, and varied textures, it reflects the influence of Cuban popular music, Flamenco, 1970s American pop, and derives inspiration from Bach and Vivaldi in its structural design and details.  The first movement, En el Vedado, references a Havana neighborhood famous for 1950s skyscrapers and nightlife, and culminates in a Cuban-style Guaracha with optional improvisation for the soloists; the second movement, Bolero Contrabajeando, is designed around soaring melodies for the soloists and orchestra, and a Spanish-tinged cadenza.  The third movement, Homage a Tarragona, reflects the composer’s 2015 sabbatical in that Catalan city.  This movement was inspired by the city’s soundscape which includes flamenco jams in narrow medieval streets, and archaic melodies heard in “Semana Santa” celebrations.  The role of the obligato harp is essential and virtuosic, and its writing often references Spanish-tinged guitar idioms.


JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Daniel Pendley, double bass
Brett Shurtliffe, double bass

JOSÉ LEZCANO  Concierto Hispanoamericano for Two Double Basses, Harp, and String Orchestra (world premiere)
BRAHMS  Symphony No. 4 in E minor


Friday, May 5, 2023
10:30 am
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Kleinhans Music Hall
3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States
(716) 885-5000

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