Classics on the Hill with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Petrus de Beer – Violin
Stanislav Angelov – Accordion
Schalk Joubert – Bass Guitar
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is probably one of the best-loved Classical masterpieces of all time. Enjoyed by old and young across the whole spectrum of music lovers. The original score was written for a string orchestra, church organ and violin soloist. These days the organ is replaced mostly by a harpsichord.
This group of four violin concerti was composed in 1723 and published in 1725 in Amsterdam. It is to this day one of Antonio Vivaldi’s most famous works. He wrote poems to express the meaning of the music in which he tries to portray his experiences of each of the four seasons of the year. This is one of the earliest examples of programme music – which in essence, is music with a narrative element. With this rendition of Four Seasons, listeners hear the familiar piece of music in a format not heard before in South Africa. Picture these various violin parts performed with three instruments only – a violin, an accordion and a bass guitar.
The Afrikaans translation from the Italian was done by Dr. Dawid de Villiers.
Petrus de Beer is a classically trained violinist (Mmus RSAMD) who resides in Paarl. He performs regularly with various artists in various genres. He is a member of the acclaimed Cape Town Tango Ensemble and works frequently with his colleague Stanislav Angelov in a variety of styles. Recently he launched a collaboration with guitarist Albert Frost, exploring the world of Blues. De Beer has made recordings with artists like David Kramer and Zanne Stapelberg to name but a few.
Stanislav Angelov Classical Accordionist was born and educated in Bulgaria with Conservatory degree in Accordion, before he came and settled in Cape Town in 1992. Since then he has appeared on CDs of many South African artists like Valiant Swart, Koos Kombuis, Daniel Pascal and many more. He has released three CDs with his Cape Town Tango Ensemble with one SAMA nomination, as well as another two CDs with other projects.
In 2003 he appeared at the first 46664 Nelson Mandela Concert at old Green Point Stadium in a song together with Brian May, Rodger Taylor (from Queen) and Dave Stewart (from The Eurithmics) and in another song accompanying Bob Geldof. He performed Piazzolla Accordion Concerto with CPO in 2004 and with ECPO in 2012. His repertoire is as versatile as his instrument, ranging from Classical to Jazz, to Tango, to French Cafe, Balkan etc.
Schalk Joubert is a truly seasoned musician who has been working as a solo artist, freelance bass player, composer, arranger, producer and musical director with some of the most popular and revered artists in the South African music industry. He is the product of his mixed cultural heritage and his biggest influences are the traditional music of South Africa, rhythms of West Africa, the harmony of Europe and the great variety of pop, rock and jazz music he grew up listening to. Over the last ten years he has performed extensively in the USA, Europe, Australia, Malaysia, the UK and New Zealand, both as a bandleader as well as freelance bassist.