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Piazzolla: Oda Para Un Hippie / Abel, Fortuna Quartet


Release Date: 07/19/2005 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 5010   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Helmut Abel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fortuna String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There are many ways to play Astor Piazzolla’s music, and an argument can be made for all kinds of instrumentation, given the fact that Piazzolla himself worked with all kinds of ensembles, and rearranged some of his pieces many, many times. This CD contains arrangements of 12 of his pieces—some famous, others less so—for bandoneón (an accordion-like instrument) with string quartet. This is not so bizarre an idea, given Piazzolla’s late collaboration with the Kronos Quartet, and with other string quartets earlier on. To me, the ideal ensemble probably is his last one, which consisted of bandoneón, piano, violin, guitar, and double bass, but Helmut Abel and the Fortuna Quartet make a good case for doing things their way. My sole Read more complaint is that a string quartet, hard as the present performers try, does not have the “bite” and the richness of timbre found in a mixed ensemble. I’ve already written in these pages that those interested in Piazzolla’s music—specifically, his transformation of the traditional tango genre into what was called tango nuevo—are best off listening to Piazzolla’s own recordings, of which he made many, and in modern sound. (He suffered a stroke in 1990 and died two years later.) “La camorra” and “Tango: Zero Hour,” both on Nonesuch, are among the finest and most representative. Only after getting to know Piazzolla on his own turf, as it were, should one give an ear to releases such as this one. (A bandoneón is a bandoneón, however; accept no imitations!)

This is the first time I’ve encountered a recording of the piece, which gives this release its overall title, so that’s another point in favor of this CD. Novitango is also relatively unusual, and worthwhile in that it comes from a period in which Piazzolla was interested in incorporating elements of jazz and rock into his music, although it would be hard to deduce that from these performances. This recording was made rather spontaneously, it seems, after actual live performances in February 2004 by Abel and the Fortuna Quartet, and no doubt those circumstances contributed to the alertness of the musicianship.

Profil’s engineering is excellent, and the booklet notes provide an excellent background to the music. Not an essential disc, certainly, but a welcome one for Piazzolla’s many admirers.

Raymond Tuttle, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Novitango by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Helmut Abel (Bandoneon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fortuna String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
2.
Oda para un hippie by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Helmut Abel (Bandoneon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fortuna String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
3.
Milonga de la Annunciacion by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Helmut Abel (Bandoneon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fortuna String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
4.
Coral by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Helmut Abel (Bandoneon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fortuna String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
5.
Nuestro Tiempo by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Helmut Abel (Bandoneon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fortuna String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1962; Argentina 
6.
Kicko by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Helmut Abel (Bandoneon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fortuna String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
7.
Escualo by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Helmut Abel (Bandoneon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fortuna String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
8.
Libertango by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Helmut Abel (Bandoneon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fortuna String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
9.
Michelangelo 70 by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Helmut Abel (Bandoneon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fortuna String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
10.
Enrico IV: Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Helmut Abel (Bandoneon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fortuna String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; Argentina 
11.
Las estaciones porteñas (4): Verano porteño by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Helmut Abel (Bandoneon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fortuna String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; Argentina 

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