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Chatter plays Piazzolla’s ‘Four Seasons’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Mention “The Four Seasons,” and most classical music fans think of Vivaldi’s masterpiece.

As idiosyncratic as ever, Chatter Sunday will perform a Latin American spin on the piece with Astor Piazzolla’s “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires”at Las Puertas Event Center.

“He grew up in Argentina,” violinist David Felberg said. “He studied classical composition with Nadia Bulanger, who also taught Aaron Copland and Philip Glass.

“She encouraged him to use (his) tango background and create something new. You hear in Piazzolla’s music a lot of Bach progressions infused with this tango rhythmic drive and color.”

Ukranian-Russian composer Leonid Desvatnikov penned an extended arrangement of the work.

“He added a few cadenzas and a few musical wink-winks to Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ ” Felberg said.

The violinist and Chatter co-founder will perform the piece with the Chatter String Orchestra.

A string quintet will open the program with Luigi Boccherini’s “Night music of the streets of Madrid.”

“It’s like a tone poem which describes the busy streets of nighttime Madrid, with everything from church bells to drums, street singing and dancing,” Felberg said.

Boccherini was an Italian who lived in Spain.

“He was in the Spanish court for 40 years, so it’s kind of a really cool fusion,” Felberg said.

The themes may sound familiar. Boccherini’s music was used in the 2003 movie “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” starring Russell Crowe.

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