Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992, Argentinian)

Tangos. There’s a current fad for the music of Piazzolla, and I don’t entirely share it. Sure, it’s a crowd-puller, easy-listening, easy-success, and there can be a degree of dramatic profundity in Tango. But still, after a while, Piazzolla’s tangos, tangos and more tangos with always the same undercurrent of nostalgia sound somewhat formulaic to my ears. That said, if you are not yet tired of Piazzolla and tangos, Kremer’s “Hommage à Piazzolla” can be a safe recommendation, with clever arrangements.

Hommage à Piazzola. Gidon Kremer (violin), Michel Portal (clarinet), Paul Meyer (clarinet), Alois Posch (double bass), Per Arne Glorvigen (bandoneon), Friedrich Lips (bajan), Vadim Sakharov (piano), Svjatoslav Lips (piano), Elizabeth Chojnacka (harpsichord), Vladimir Tonkha (cello), Mark Pekarsky (percussion). Nonesuch 7559-79407-2 (1996)

Melodia en La menor (Canto de Octubre). Kremerata Baltica, Gidon Kremer (violin & direction), in De Profundis(works of Sibelius, Pärt, Šerkšnytė, Schumann, Nyman, Schubert, Tickmayer, Shostakovich, Auerbach, Piazzolla, Pelēcis, Schnittke). Nonesuch 7559 79969 9 (2010)

 

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