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PIAZZOLLA: Maria de Buenos Aires Suite / Verano Porteno / Milonga del Angel

Composer(s):Piazzolla, Astor
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicVocal
Catalogue 8.570523
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The Argentinian bandoneon-player and composer Astor Piazzolla, by his creation of the ‘new tango’, brought the popular dance form into the concert hall. His own experience as a performer was further developed by study as a composer with Nadia Boulanger and Ginastera, allowing him to create a new synthesis, exemplified in compositions that include the operatic María de Buenos Aires, in collaboration with Horacio Ferrer.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,August 2007

Having been designated as the Astor Piazzolla expert by one of the international disc magazines, I find each disc release adds a new dimension to the composer, though by now I am sure many listeners are becoming puzzled. Just over a decade ago there was a decisive move to establish the Argentinean composer in the world of 'classical' music, many musicians from that world taking up his cause. It seemed to work, though not always convincingly, but now with a sudden about turn the music is being reclaimed by dance halls and nightclubs as the sophisticated 'pop'music of yesteryear. This is essentially the content of this disc, the Versus Ensemble stressing that everything Piazzolla composed is based on the dance rhythm of the tango, though it is the presence of the vocalist, Enrique



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