The Sound of Piazzolla

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The Sound of Piazzolla
Gidon Kremer, Julia Zenko, Haracio Ferrer, Alison Balsom, Martha Argerich, Emmanuel Pahud, Daniel Barenboim, Artemis Quartet, etc

[ Warner Classics / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Wednesday 5 July 2017

Some of the greatest names on today's classical music scene pay Homage to Astor Piazzolla. Presented in two distinct programmes, the first part highlights the most varied of influences: this is not just about the tango; there are influences from jazz and the classical traditions of Bach and Vivaldi, all brought together here. The second part combines original classical compositions - the 'tango operita' María de Buenos Aires, the Tango Ballet and Concierto del Angel.

The recordings by Gidon Kremer and his KremerATA Baltica are a true piece of Piazzolla pioneer work.

In the 1950s, when Astor Piazzolla went to Paris to study classical composition, the tango of his native Argentina was not considered fit for the concert stages of Europe; these were the sultry sounds of the street; the music of the demimonde. Luckily, the formidable composition teacher Nadia Boulanger encouraged her Argentinian pupil to draw precisely on those roots. Piazzolla at last found his true voice as a composer and bandoneon virtuoso. Today, he is considered the father of tango as we know it today, blending rhythmic vitality with orchestral textures. Twenty-five years after Piazzolla's death, The Sound of Piazzolla confirms that the founder of Tango Nuevo left as his legacy a unique style of music that sounds just as fresh and vibrant today.

"Composed more than 30 years ago, this "little tango opera" remains a work of stunning originality. Indeed...Violinist Gidon Kremer and a tight ensemble of colleagues show keen empathy for this symbolist allegory of an ambiguous, archetypal journey of the soul." --Thomas May on Maria de Buenos Aires


Alison Balsom (trumpet)

Alison Balsom (trumpet)

Martha Argerich (piano)

Histoire du Tango: Bordel 1900
Emmanuel Pahud (flute)

Fuga y Misterio
The 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Adiós Nonino
The 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Primavera Porteña
Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Verano Porteño
Artemis Quartet

Otoño Porteña
David Aaron Carpenter (viola)

Invierno Porteño

Five Tango Sensations: Asleep
Alban Berg Quartett

Le Grand Tango
Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

La Muerte del Angel
Manuel Barrueco

Los Pajaros Perdidos
Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor)

Concierto del angel
Tango Ballet
Maria de Buenos Aires Suite
Gidon Kremer
Kremer Baltica, Kremer Musica, Coral Lirico Buenos Aires

Concierto del Ángel: I. Introducción al Ángel