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Hommage A Piazzolla
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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Beautiful, haunting music which goes beyond tango, into the realm of chamber music.Published 7 months ago by SnapDoc
A very lovely rendition of themes by Piazolla in the classical style - good quality recordingPublished 17 months ago by Karine Shellshear
Fell in love with the passion of a Piazzolla tango when I bought "Vivaldi and Piazzolla: Eight Seasons" for my son and sneaked a listen. Read morePublished 18 months ago by BoulderRidge
i don't have much to add to the other reviews here. there's a reason this disc has such a high rating! Read morePublished 21 months ago by J. Klugman
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 morePublished on June 17, 2013 by Martin Perlich
Very talented musicians, not just Piazzolla. The music is full-bodied, complex, sometimes confronting, often really beautiful, presenting the full pathos of tango. Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by Dr. anne Clark