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This disc begins with Julian Labro’s (bandoneon) arrangement of Piazzolla’s version of The Four Seasons – and it sizzles! I’ve heard this piece performed on several occasions, but this particular group and arrangement is particularly noteworthy. The tempos are energetic, the playing precise, and the feeling of the seasons definitely comes through. This is extremely well done.
Next is "Hommage a Liege", a Concerto for Guitar, Bandoneon, and String Orchestra. The guitar work is top-notch marvelous, and the first movement (featuring only the guitar and bandoneon) is really fascinating. Kudos to the recording engineer for capturing these two instruments and conveying their warm sound this accurately. The orchestra joins in the second movement, and the music is pleasant and exuberant. The last movement is a Tango, and Piazzolla and the musicians give us exactly what we expect here – good, solid, enjoyable music.
The final work on the recording is "Histoire du Tango", which consists of four different "snapshots" of the tango and its evolution over the last 100 years. You can definitely hear the "bordello" origins from 1900, the café environment circa 1930, the nightclub atmosphere of 1960, and finally a more contemporary concert version in the "Concert d’Aujourd’hui" movement. The liner notes are also very good, and describe the musicians and works on the program with an appropriate level of detail.
If you are interested in exploring Piazzolla’s music, or if you already appreciate and love it, this disc would make a worthy addition to your collection. Recommended.more....
Highly recommended Piazzolla
Piazzolla's music thrives in many different environments, from the standard concert stage to the jazz club, and in many instrumental and orchestral forms. In this new disc from Azica we have an intimate chamber work (Histoire du Tango, written for flute and guitar, but presented here in Julian Labro's version for bandoneon and guitar), along with two works written for or arranged (again by Labro) for guitar, bandoneon, and string orchestra.
Histoire du Tango works especially well, I think, in its new arrangement. It's a trip from Tango's traditional home, at the turn of the 20th century in the bordellos of Buenos Aires, through newer versions of the dance which Piazzolla himself contributed to or invented. The long, slow second movement (Cafe 1930) is a real highlight for me, my favourite amongst all of Piazzolla's works. Music is one of the best ways to communicate the full range of emotions that we call nostalgia, and this is a great re-creation of what would likely have been among Piazzolla's earliest musical memories. Of course, the sound of the bandoneon certainly belongs here.
Piazzolla can take pride in his own contribution to the jazzy Nightclub 1960 version of the tango; he brings 'cool' to the new form of tango (nuevo tango) he developed. The angular, avant-garde sound he brings to the final Concert d'Aujourd'hui introduces his other contribution to the form, musical ideas borrowed from classical composers from Bach to Stravinsky. This movement points to the more adventurous 'alt-classical' scene of today. The recording, made at the Cleveland Museum of Art, is warm and intimate.
Vieaux and Labro play along with A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra in Piazzolla's concerto Hommage a Liege, and in Labro's version of Las Cuatro Estaciones Porenas for the same forces. The performances are polished and alive. The recording is bright, though balancing these solo instruments with the orchestral forces is problematic. Still, this disc is very highly recommended!more....
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