If you thought the accordion was just a squeeze box, then James Crabb is the man to change your mind. When we started listening to his recordings in the office, we were struck by how his playing combines technical brilliance with exquisite musical sensitivity. James makes the accordion sing and, in his hands, the instrument’s place in the orchestra feels completely natural. In his adopted homeland, James has created a fruitful partnership with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and many of his arrangements have been made for them. He’s really looking forward to working with Sinfonia Cymru’s young players, and with the varied programme – including Piazzolla, Vivaldi, and Arvo Pärt – these concerts promise to be very special.
Astor Piazzolla (arr. Crabb): Libertango; Romance del Diablo; La Muerte del Angel
Arvo Pärt: Fratres
Antonio Vivaldi (arr. Crabb): Concerto RV542 in F-Major
Kalevi Aho (arr. Crabb): Kolme Tangoa
Antonio Agri/Jose Carli (arr. Crabb): Desde Adentro
Astor Piazzolla (arr. Crabb): Aconcagua Concerto
Here’s James playing “Romance del Diablo”. (We’ll have a larger string ensemble (15 piece) than you see in this clip).
Soloist James Crabb, Classical Accordion
Leader Caroline Pether