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FOUR WINDS (PRT)

Ribeirão Church - Famalicão - 5pm

GONÇALO PESCADA - acordion, bandoneon, accordina
ANTÓNIO ESTEIREIRO - organ

QUATRO VENTOS (Four Winds) is the project title of musicians António Esteireiro and Gonçalo Pescada. Organ, accordion, bandonéon and accordina are four instruments that work through the action of air, some powered by bellows, others by blowing. Key and reed aerophones, in the case of the organ and accordion, emphasise the use of specific registers that alter the timbre of the sound and create the sensation of hearing several instruments simultaneously. The bandoneon, an instrument created in 1840 by Heinrich Band with the initial function of accompanying liturgical chant, has a peculiar sound. The accordina, the most recent of the four instruments, makes the project unique due to its ability to involve the wind, rather than the bellows, in the search for new dynamics and fusion of timbres. The ability of the four instruments to create melody and harmony, as well as contrapuntal textures, is an asset in terms of the independence of voices, dialogue and sound balance. The Four Winds project presents an eclectic programme, with renowned composers from various periods in the history of music: Bach, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Pachelbel, Giazzotto, Corrette, Boëllmann, Muschel and Piazzolla.

GONÇALO PESCADA received his doctorate with distinction and praise in Music and Musicology - Interpretation from the University of Évora in 2014. He also completed a bi-tapical degree in Music - Interpretation from the Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas (Castelo Branco), a Complementary Accordion Course from the Instituto Musical Vitorino Matono (Lisbon) and Professionalisation in Service (M01 and M32) from the Universidade Aberta. Amongst others, he won 1st prize at the National Accordion Competition (Alcobaça, 1995) and 1st prize at the "Citá di Montese" International Competition (Italy, 2004). With the 1st Prize in the Estoril Interpretation Competition (Portugal, 2006), Gonçalo Pescada saw his career take an international turn, giving recitals in Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Bulgaria. He has performed as a soloist with the Orquestra do Algarve, Orquestra Clássica do Sul, OrchestrUtopica, Esart Ensemble, Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras, Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, Orquestra Académica Metropolitana, Orquestra do Norte, Estoril Ensemble and Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, under the direction of the great conductors Cesário Costa, Osvaldo Ferreira, Michael Zilm, Nikolay Lalov, Susana Pescetti and Jean Marc Burfin, among others. He has been invited to take part in such prestigious festivals as the 33rd Estoril Music Festival, Dias da Música in Belém 2008, the 30th Póvoa de Varzim International Music Festival and the 39th Sofia Music Weeks International Festival (Bulgaria), performing at such venues as the Grand Auditorium of the Belém Cultural Centre, Bulgaria Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall (London). He has recorded for radio and television stations, including RDP Antena 2, RTP and Bulgarian National Radio and Television. His discography includes the CDs Intuição (solo), Encontros (Duo with pianist Ian Mikirtumov), Astor Piazzolla (soloist with the Orquestra do Algarve), Symbiosis (Duo with violinist Lilia Donkova) and Rouge (Duo with saxophonist Mário Marques). Some composers have dedicated new works for accordion to him. As a researcher, he has published articles in international scientific journals and given lectures in Portugal, Greece, Japan and Romania. He is currently Director of the Music Department at the University of Évora and a researcher (integrated member) at CESEM - Centre for the Study of Sociology and Musical Aesthetics.

Born in Lisbon, ANTÓNIO ESTEIREIRO holds a doctorate in Musical Arts from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He also has a degree in Organ from the Munich School of Music and Theatre and in Sacred Music from the Regensburg School of Sacred Music and Music Education (Franz Josef Stoiber's Organ and Improvisation Class). These studies were only possible with the support of the Diocese of Regensburg and the Geiselberg Foundation in Munich. He then attended Hans-Ola Ericsson's organ class at the Bremen School of Music. He has given concerts as a soloist and as part of various choral and orchestral groups in different European countries, Mexico and Brazil. As well as being a regular guest at the main national organ concert cycles and festivals, he has also coordinated the Organ Concert Cycles at the Basílica dos Mártires in Lisbon and the Nossa Senhora do Cabo Concert Cycle in Linda-a-Velha. On the occasion of Olivier Messiaen's centenary celebrations, he co-ordinated the complete performance of the composer's organ works at the Lisbon Patriarchal Cathedral. An organ teacher at the National Liturgical Music Courses organised by the National Secretariat for the Liturgy, he is also a regular collaborator with the Parish of Santa Maria de Belém, taking on the musical direction of its Sacred Music Service. As part of this collaboration, he coordinates the organ concert programme at the Jerónimos Monastery. He currently teaches at the Instituto Gregoriano and the Escola Superior de Música (Lisbon).

PROGRAMME

 

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)

1 - Sonata in G major, K. 284

2 - Sonata in D major, K. 328

 

Michel Corrette (1707-1795)

3 - Grand Jeu ("Pièces pour l'orgue dans un genre nouveau" (1797)

 

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

4 - Cantata BWV 147: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

 

Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)

5 - Canon P. 37

 

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

6 - Concert in D minor, BWV 596                                              

(Transcription of RV 565 by Antonio Vivaldi)

I. [Allegro]

II. Grave

III. Fuga

IV. Largo e spiccato

V. [Allegro]

 

Remo Giazzotto (1910-1998)

7 - Adagio in G minor

per archi e organo su due spunti tematici e su un basso numerato di Tomaso Albinoni

 

Georgi Muschel (1909-1989)

8 - Toccata

 

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

9 - Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297 “L'inverno”

II. Largo

 

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

10 - Ave Maria

 

Léon Boëllmann (1862-1897)

11 - Suite Gothique (1895)

I. Introduction - Choral

II. Menuet gothique

III. Prière à Notre-Dame

IV. Toccata

TIME: 60’

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