Viola Tango Rock Concerto
This historic DVD is a document of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota's version of Benjamin Yusupov's Viola Tango Rock Concerto, hailed as 'the greatest concerto ever written for the viola' by Maxim Vengerov. Played at the Auditorio Leon of Greiff of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia on June 12th, 2009, this performance - as original and striking as its 2005 world premiere - features solo performances from violist Anibal Dos Santos on classic and electric viola, Master Venanzio Cipolliti on accordion, Carlos Posada on acoustic guitar, and Andres Leiva, Luis Alberto Ramirez and Carlos Andres Cortes playing rock passages in a masterful conjunction of sounds and corporeal movements. Dos Santos, the OFB viola group leader since 1998, plays the classic and electric viola with great technical skill and artistic commitment, but also dances the tango before during the concert, accompanied by Gina Medina, the award-winning Colombian dancer.
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I'm not quite sure how many movements the 50-minute composition has, because, even though the DVD includes a colorful 12-page booklet of essays on the composer and Dos Santos, there is - surprisingly - no listing of the movements and their titles. Using the "chapter stops" as counters, there appear to be six moments, so I'll refer to those in my comments.
The first movement is mostly slow and sounds like most symphonic pieces. The viola duels occasionally with a Spanish guitar. At this point you see an accordion player but he is silent (at least for now). The 2nd movement continues as the first with the string sections doing more plucking than bowing.
At the 20-minute mark (3rd movement?) the drum set, electric guitar and electric bass kick in and the stage lights begin to flash. Dos Santos switches to the electric viola and we hear a bit of Celtic Rock and then funk. This section lasts about five minutes and then it's back to the acoustic viola and Spanish guitar, this time alternating solos rather than dueling and NOW the accordion enters the music score. For the fifth movement the accordion is out front with a Spanish tinge (a la Astor Piazzola) with bongos and the reed section adding support. The viola is absent in this movement. The concluding 6th movement has Dos Santos performing the aforementioned tango to end the performance to a standing ovation.
Like many releases from the New Hampshire-based Navona label, this is "new music" which crosses genres. Those seeking a "rock" composition - as promoted on the cover - may find parts a bit slow, while those who expect either tango or traditional classical strains may be shocked at the aggressive third movement. But those with an open mind - and a broad musical spectrum - will find an "adventure in music" on this DVD and the camera work and sound quality will keep your attention.
The "almost" is the tango itself, as a dance. Not necessary.
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