Astor Piazzolla - Histoire Du Tango

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The music of Astor Piazzolla epitomized our situation in the modern world with his fusion of folkloric beauty and contemporary tension. He forged a new music that challenged the traditionalist and left the adventurous craving more. He took the music of the great tango masters like Garde, ripped it away from the velvet-walled concert hall and the soft-cushion drawing room, and slapped it down on the pavement of Buenos Aires. Reviled by the critics, shunned even by the conservative government, his music spoke to the next generation, and popular and jazz musicians and listeners all over the world eventually fell under the spell of his "nuevo tango."

In recent years, Piazzolla has taken the new tango back to the concert halls, composing and performing works for chamber ensembles like Kronos Quartet, larger groups like The Orchestra of St. Luke's, even an opera company. These works brought his once radical music back into the mainstream.

Histoire du Tango, for violin and guitar, four movements charting the development of the form at 30 year intervals. The interplay between the two instruments, which is often sprightly and joyous, does make this an accessible and interesting piece of music. Just try the infectious opening movement 'Bordel 1900', which develops into a memorable theme which you may find naggingly familiar yet frustratingly be unable to place. However, once again those hoping for anything in vaguely danceable tango form had better be very supple indeed.

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• Recorded November 2001 at The Pumphouse Art Gallery and at St. Mark's Church, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario

Atis Bankas, violin
Simon Wynberg, guitar

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Histoire du Tango:

1. Bordel (1900)
2. Cafe (1930)
3. Nightclub (1960)
4. Concert d'aujourd'hui
5. Libertango
6. Etude I
7. Etude II
8. Etude III
9. Etude IV
10. Etude V
11. Etude VI

Total Time: 43:17

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Record Label Fidelis Records
Music Genre Classicals