Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992, Argentinian)

Tangos. There’s an on-going 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.

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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