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5.0 out of 5 stars Purists be damned!, 25 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Hommage Piazzolla (Audio CD)
This was the disc that first introduced me to the music of Astor Piazolla. If this was a vinyl LP, I would have worn it out a dozen times by now. For purists it's all wrong but I cannot be rational about my love of this terrific disc. Kremer has assembled a remarkable team of brilliant musicians and they play with such subtlety, love and passion that I just can't get enough of it (even after all these years). Even now, while I type, I have it playing and am hearing details that I just didn't notice last time. At the core of it is Kremer's violin and his almost obsessive caressing of the melodies with a tone so rich and expressive that it carries you along to another world of smoky bars and red wine. Amazing! The pieces are all by Piazolla himself, apart from a wonderful "Hommage" by Jerzy Peterburshsky that is fully worthy of the master. The arrangements are all true in spirit to the originals, although there is a real attempt to revitalise them by a wonderful team of musicians. The result is exhilarating and spontaneous sounding, although I imagine that a great deal of preparation went into the sophisticated arrangements. I must also add that the technical quality of Nonesuch's CD production is exemplary. This is a fine demonstration of the art of recording a small ensemble in a perfect acoustic. The extraordinary "Oblivion" (written for a film) has haunted me for years. Definitely a desert island disc.
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