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Hommage A Piazzolla

Gidon Kremer , Astor Piazzolla , Jerzy Petersburski , Paul Dessau , Elisabeth Chojnacka , Vadim Sakharov Audio CD
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Over the course of more than 30 years of a distinguished career, violinist Gidon Kremer, born in Riga in 1947, has established a worldwide reputation as one of the most original and compelling artists of his generation, praised for his high degree of individualism, his rejection of the well-trodden paths of interpretation, and his search for new possibilities. Gidon Kremer has made more than ... Read more in Amazon's Gidon Kremer Store

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  • Performer: Elisabeth Chojnacka, Vadim Sakharov
  • Composer: Astor Piazzolla, Jerzy Petersburski, Paul Dessau
  • Audio CD (September 20, 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005J48
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,329 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Gidon Kremer, who plays the standard violin repertoire so well, has remained a restless explorer of music. Here is his first album of Piazzolla arrangements, introduced by a moving and perceptive assessment of Piazzolla by composer John Adams. Kremer has completely steeped himself in the spirit of the tango, and of Piazzolla's transformation of this music into concert works. The selection (mostly larger-scale Piazzolla works), the varied arrangements, and the compelling quality of the playing make this one of the best albums of this music not involving the composer's own performances. And if you love it, you'll be glad to know that Kremer's second Piazzolla album is also available. --Leslie Gerber

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One of the most original artists of his generation, violinist Gidon Kremer performs the work of composer, arranger, bandoneon virtuoso and tango master Piazzolla, displaying a new dimension in both his playing and repertoire for Hommage a Piazzolla. Kremer (who collaborated with Adams on the Nonesuch release of Adams' Violin Concerto) has assembled a group of musicians modeled after the legendary quintet Piazzolla used for his performances--violin, guitar, bass, piano and bandoneon. On Hommage a Piazzolla Kremer is highly successful at conjuring that emotional tug-of-war in his interpretations of Piazzolla's music. His passionate readings of the composer's works range from haunting to romantic to rigorous to melancholy. One of the world's best known classical violinists, Kremer ventures into this musical style for the first time.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Piazzolla's Unofficial Interpreter April 11, 2001
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I first became aware of this CD several years ago as its melancholy strains wafted through the air of a bookstore through which I was browsing. My ears perked up...Piazzolla!!! Upon inquiry, I was shown the CD and I immediately purchased a copy. I couldn't wait to get home and listen to it at elevated volume. What a recording!! Kremer has captured and distilled the essence of Piazzolla's music. Every song is a masterpiece and nearly all of my favorite mid-period Piazzolla compositions are contained within. A special treat is the magnum opus which closes the set, a 12-minute rendering of Le Grand Tango with just Kremer's violin and the restrained passion of Vadim Sakharov's piano to lead your mind into another musical dimension. Gidon Kremer has since recorded a number of Piazzolla-related CDs and in so doing has set himself up as the unofficial interpreter of El Maestro's music. If you like Piazzolla, you are sure to enjoy this CD. I give it my highest recommendation.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate, a little perverse, compelling December 28, 2000
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I was captivated by this recording after hearing bits of it on the radio. It grabs you by the lapels.... and then it grows on you. These readings of Piazzola's works are not as urbane as Yo-Yo Ma's, not as dignified as the Eroica Trio's, but I'm gonna stick my non-Argentine neck out & say these Russian & French musicians (consummate artists; this is no sloppy-but-soulful performance) are closer to what I've grown to see as Piazzola's mournful, peculiar, desperate, perverse spirit. These are not tango arrangements for the faint of heart.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Explains It All To Those Wounded in Love January 15, 2005
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Ever have a moment where you loved someone so much you hated him?

Ever have a relationship you could not get out of your mouth, your mind, your heart, your system, but that you knew was over and done with forever and ever, and you'd never even see the other again?

Ever feel so happy you wanted to cry? No, sob? Wrenching, wracking sobs? From happiness, now.

Yes?

Have I got a CD for you: Hommage a Piazzolla, featuring Gidon Kremer.

Like many, I suspect, I have a mixed relationship to tango. When I put on a tango CD, I fear I'll be hearing something that sets my teeth to jangling and makes me want to slap someone in the face.

This isn't that. You could listen to most of this while sitting perfectly still, on a window sill, in fact, with the lights down low in your apartment, as you stare out at the rain-slicked city at night. A drink sits on a nearby table, unfinished...you have no will to finish it.

(It's hard not to imagine these things while listening to this music; really, it's all so poetic, cinematic, irresistable.)

At some point, though, you're probably not going to be able to sit still any more, and you'll have to put that rose in your teeth and cut a few moves.

Tango often sounds, to we non-Argentinians, like a parody of itself.

This CD does not.

Rather, when I put it on, not at all sure what to expect, I had one of those epiphanies that art can give you.

I had been brooding over a vexed relationship, one I did not understand, but knew was hurting me, not with any immediacy, but like a sore tooth that could stand to go a few more months before you get over your fear of the dentist to get it fixed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful August 6, 1999
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Six-year -old little girl was asked: 'How do you like this music?' She answered: 'This music comes from angels'. It is true.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully captivating music by the tango master October 25, 2005
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I was introduced to the music of Astor Piazzolla by the more than great violinist Gidon Kremer when he played a virtuosic tango as an encore. Whenever a rich new vein of wonderful music is opened to me, well, it makes for a bright and happy day. Not long after I picked up this CD and I can recommend it to you highly. This is more than just tango dance music, these are serious and contemplative compositions that use the Tango as the vehicle just as the classical and especially Baroque composers used their dance music for instrumental compositions. The music is full of mood, sensuality, rhythm, lush harmonies, dissonance, love, and pain. It is a music of contrasts and never gets too fussy or complicated. It wears its heart on its sleeve and draws us in because it is so charming.

Each piece has its own varied ensemble and the musicians in that ensemble also arrange the music for that track. Kremer leads from the violin in all of them, after all it is his album and his hommage to Piazzolla. However, the instruments used depend on the musical materials and mood of the piece. The piano is used quite a bit, and at times there are wind instruments. The bandoneón is required in tango, as well. It is a kind of concertina that was developed and made in Germany, but adopted in Argentina for the Tango. It has a wonderfully reedy sound and is played with buttons on each side of the bellows. Depending on the model, the note can change or stay the same whether you are pulling the bellows out or pushing them in, but in all of them there are two voices always at the octave and gives the bandoneón its characteristic sound.

The only composition not by Piazzolla is a very interesting tango included as a tribute to the master entitled "El sol sueño" by Jerzy Peterbushsky.

This is good music and a very enjoyable change of pace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly good
I bought because I couldn't find the Milonga in Re anywhere else, which I discovered as PD of an FM station (KCSN in LA) and became haunted, hunted and captured by it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Martin Perlich
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC
This collection of instrumental pieces by Piazzola is a gift to listeners, bringing the world of the Argentine tango by Piazzola to be appreciated by the French, Spanish, Italian,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by G. Charles Steiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Very talented musicians, not just Piazzolla. The music is full-bodied, complex, sometimes confronting, often really beautiful, presenting the full pathos of tango. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dr. anne Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Hommage...
Not really going to spend much time reviewing except to say that there are but 12 copies left of this CD and that if you like Piazzolla and appreciate what Gidon Kremer does as a... Read more
Published on July 24, 2012 by Eugene J. Niemierzycki
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 stars!
It was around 2 a.m. when I opened this pretty CD case for the first time.
I was sleepy. I was about to go to bed... You know this feeling at 2 a.m... Read more
Published on September 4, 2007 by Yevgeniy Dyo
4.0 out of 5 stars When styles mix
I bought this record following a live performance by Gidon Kremer et al. at the Verbier Festival. The mixture of classical music with a dose of jazz on a Latin base produces an... Read more
Published on September 6, 2005 by Alan Woolman
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensual, romantic, sophisticated,
The music and perforamance are so sensually played and achingly beautiful, the hairs on my neck and arms stand up on end. Read more
Published on July 20, 2004 by RickChicago
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, elegant, impassioned
No need to say more than the title
Published on January 14, 2000 by GILBERT KLAJMAN
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