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Tango In Blue - Stravinsky, Etc / Serebrier, Farley, Et Al


Release Date: 09/27/2005 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1175   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  José SerebrierIgor StravinskySamuel BarberAstor Piazzolla,   ... 
Performer:  Carole FarleyMolly JudsonDamian MartinezEnrique Telleria
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This enterprising and nearly perfect program offers a tantalizing mix of symphonic tangos by a huge range of composers: Serebrier, Barber, Stravinsky, Gould, Weill, Condon, Gade, Satie, and Rodríguez, and the inevitable Piazzolla. Serebrier's own contributions, Tango in Blue and Casi un Tango, are typically well-crafted and entertaining. The Gould selections come from the Latin American Symphonette and Stringmusic, respectively. Gade's Tango Jalousie probably is the most famous example of its kind, while the two Piazzolla selections, Oblivion and the symphonic poem Tangazo, find the Argentinean composer at his most imaginative. All the selections are marvelously played, and Serebrier conducts with style and the necessary rhythmic Read more flair. Certainly he knows the idiom as do few "serious" musicians, and obviously he has fun with it.


So why "nearly" perfect? Well, Serebrier also includes two vocal items by Kurt Weill, sung by Carole Farley (a.k.a. Mrs. Serebrier). Her somewhat shredded soprano suits "Youkali", a product of Weill's French period, well enough, but "Der Matrosen-Song" from Happy End is a mess, her voice sounding ruined rather than simply world-weary. It's billed here as "The Sailor's Tango", which it really isn't, and seems included merely to give Farley something else to do. That was a mistake. After all, if the point was to represent Weill's contributions to the genre, there's always the tango in the Kleine Dreigroschenmusik. An all-instrumental program would have been more apt. Even so, there's more than an hour of top-quality entertainment here (including Serebrier's sensitive orchestration of Satie's Tango perpetuel from Sports et divertissements), beautifully recorded, and some listeners may react more indulgently than I did to the presence of Farley's two songs. Recommended.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Tango en Azul by José Serebrier
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001 
2.
Souvenirs, Op. 28: Suite - Hesitation Tango by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
3.
Tangazo by Astor Piazzolla
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Argentina 
4.
Tango by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
5.
Sports et divertissements: no 17, Le tango by Erik Satie
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
6.
StringMusic: Tango by Morton Gould
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
7.
Happy End: Matrosen-Tango by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Berlin, Germany 
8.
Casi Un Tango by José Serebrier
Performer:  Molly Judson (English Horn)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
9.
Latin American Symphonette: 2nd movement, Tango by Morton Gould
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
10.
Youkali "Tango Habanera" by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934/1946; USA 
11.
Tangazo by Astor Piazzolla
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Argentina 
12.
Impresiones Sobre Astor by Fernando Condon
Performer:  Damian Martinez (Cello), Enrique Telleria (Bandoneon)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
13.
Jalousie by Jacob Gade
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
14.
La cumparsita by Gerardo Matos Rodríguez
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

Tango en Azul (Tango in Blue): Tango in Blue (Tango en Azul)
Souvenirs, Op. 28 (version for orchestra): Souvenirs, Op. 28: V. Hesitation-Tango
Oblivion
Tango
Sports et divertissements (orch. J. Serebrier): Sports et divertissements: XVII. Tango Perpetuel (orch. J. Serebrier)
Stringmusic: II. Tango
Happy End: Matrosen-Tango
Casi un Tango
Symphonette No. 4, "Latin-American Symphonette": II. Tango
Marie Galante: Tango, "Youkali"
Tangazo
Impresiones sobre Astor, "Homenaje a Piazzolla"
Jalousie (Jealousy): Tango Jalousie
La cumparsita (orch. T. Domario)

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