Piazzolla: Sinfonia Buenos Aire (Sinfonia Buenos Aires/ Four Seasons/ Aconcagua) CD
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Sinfonía Buenos Aires op.15 - Concerto pour bandoneón, orchestre à cordes & percussion "Aconcagua" - Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas / Daniel Binelli, bandoneón - Tianwa Yang, violon - Nashville Symphony Orchestra - Giancarlo Guerrero, direction
The Nashville Symphony is technically pretty impressive(try its intricate and clean woodwinds for starters) but it knows how to relax into the more langorous corners of Piazzolla's writing,too,as if sinking into a comfortable old sofa. CD OF THE MONTH --Classic fm Magazine,Feb'11
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The early Symphony won't get heard so often. It has its faults and Piazzolla clearly learned a better scoring arrangement around the Bandoneon in the concerto. It does, however, give us a view of the classically trained and ambitious young composer at least showing a flair for orchestration. The first two movements are built around the tango with a prominent role for the bandoneon but the harmonies are more daring and dissonant.
His teacher in Paris, Nadia Boulanger took one look at his orchestral scores and suggested that he was trying too hard to copy Stravinsky and Bartok whereas his tangos revealed his true musical personality. The symphony does impersonate them and does try to shock at times but the tangos hold it together formally. The finale has the brutal dynamism found in some of his Argentinian teacher, Alberto Ginastera's work. The physical momentum holds the finale together - like Ginastera's First Piano Concerto, to leave a flawed but exciting symphony.
In the concerto he realised that there is no need to combine a bandoneon with wind instruments because of their similarity in tone. All three movements are tango driven without the harmonic shocks of the symphony. In short, it is the work of a composer in total command of the form without sacrificing anything of his nuevo tango style. There is more than a hint too of the neo classical and neo baroque. It is a terrific piece and much more relaxed in temperament than the symphony.Read more ›
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The Sinfonia Buenos Aires was written under the influence of Piazzolla's teacher Alberto Ginastera. Though this rather episodic work doesn't share Ginastera's formal mastery, it's a sprawling, colourful symphonic work (or rather, three symphonic movements). The Concerto for Bandoneon is, I think, more successful. It may, in fact, be Piazzolla's best orchestral work, partly because it's scored for strings and percussion only.
The final work on the disc is Las Cuatro Estaciones Portenas (Four Seasons of Buenos Aires), in a version for violin and orchestra made by Leonid Desyatnikov after Piazzolla's death. Though I'm not a complete musical purist - I love Charlie Parker's sessions with strings, for example - I'm not a fan of this particular pastiche. Piazzolla's nuevo tango style is itself a melding of traditional tango, Baroque, and jazz styles, so it's natural to experiment with new orchestrations. But I much prefer this music in a bandoneon-led small group. That said this version is very well played indeed, with Tianwa Yang providing some hair-raising turns on her violin.
Thomas May's thoughtful liner notes include a wealth of pertinent information about Piazzolla's life and music. This is just one of the areas in which Naxos excels. The label has raised the art and business of classical music to a very high level, especially considering the state of today's musical commerce.
I highly recommend it.