Soloist: Alejandro Drago (violín)
Time is that state of existence that has been best captured, shaped and represented by music. The Ciudad de Alcalá Orchestra suggests a way to comprehend its mystery through the Enigma Variations, probably the most famous work of English composer Edward Elgar.
It is suitable that The Variations are known as Enigmas, since various mysteries are hidden in them. In the notes of the original program, Elgar stimulated the curiosity of the audience with a riddle “The Enigma I will not explain-its "dark saying" must be left unguessed, and I warn you that the connexion between the Variations and the Theme is often of the slightest texture; further, through and over the whole set of variations another and larger theme "goes" but is not played. So the principal Theme never appears”.
Since then musicologists, scholars and spectators have been asking themselves for the identity of the Enigma’s theme which has not been entirely solved as of today.
The concert’s program brings together the most important tango composers, Piazzola, Ginastera and Gardel and features violinist Alejandro Drago, claimed by music critics as “a magnificent musician” with the “classic virtuosity of a Heifetz or Perlman”, the “smooth café concert style of Florian ZaBach” and the “jazzy skill of Stepahane Grappelli”.