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Orquestango

Salgan / Piazzolla / Binelli / Vigil
Release Date: 01/14/2014 
Label:  Four-tay   Catalog #: 4039   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Horacio SalgánDaniel BinelliAstor PiazzollaAriel Ramires
Performer:  Daniel BinelliPolly Ferman
Conductor:  Federico Garcia Vigil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binelli-ferman DuoMontevideo Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
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ORQUESTANGO Federico Garcia Vigil, cond; Binelli-Ferman Duo; Montevideo PO 4TAY 4039 (62:38)


SALGÁN A Fuego Lento. Milonga Casi Candombe. A Don Agustín Bardi. BINELLI Preludio y Candombe. Metropólis. Imágenes de Buenos Aires. PIAZZOLLA Oblivión. Tres Tangos Sinfónicos. RAMIRES Read more Alfonsina y el Mar


I first became aware of pianist Polly Ferman’s delightfully airy and effervescent style in a CD of Milongas and Tangos (Roméo Records 7202) made several years ago, but didn’t know that she had teamed up with bandonéon player Daniel Binelli to form a duo playing South American music. Thus, I looked forward to this album with not only high expectations but a sense of discovery.


From the first notes of A Fuego Lento, one is aware of Ferman’s marvelous touch and proper style for this music. I was less happy with the scoring for the orchestra, however; it sounds like your generic orchestra chart for a “big band with strings,” nothing very creative, but yes, they do have the right style. As for Binelli, he obviously knows how to play the bandonéon. All things considered, the disc really swings—tango style, of course.


No, this is not even as serious-minded a disc as Ferman’s solo recital on Roméo, but it doesn’t have to be. When you have this style in your blood, so to speak, your blood speaks to the listener. I almost wished they had played some of the tangos that Carlos Gardel or Tito Schipa sang back in the 1930s, and maybe even dubbed their voices over the new soundtrack. That’s how good this is. It has the full flavor of authenticity and the kind of kick that makes listening a real pleasure. Even in the occasionally quieter, more meditative tangos, such as Oblivión and Binelli’s own Preludio y Candombe, the duo (and the orchestra) set up a rhythm that is literally irresistible.


The only really serious pieces on this CD are Binelli’s well-crafted musical vignettes Metropólis and Imágenes de Buenos Aires and the Astor Piazzolla tangos: a seven-minute version of Oblivión (a showcase for Ferman’s artistry) and an almost 19-minute performance of the Tres Tangos Sinfónicos. Readers of my reviews know that I’ve been critical of pianists who play Piazzolla as if he were Chopin or Brahms. None of those criticisms apply here. The liner notes say that Binelli, who actually played with Piazzolla’s New Tango Sextet back in the 1980s, is “the foremost exponent and torchbearer” of his music. Here’s another example of what true “historically informed” performances should sound like—lively and energetic, not pinny-neat and brain-dead. This disc is easy to recommend because it’s so good that it almost recommends itself.


FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

1.
A fuego lento by Horacio Salgán
Performer:  Daniel Binelli (Bandoneon), Polly Ferman (Piano)
Conductor:  Federico Garcia Vigil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binelli-ferman Duo,  Montevideo Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; Argentina 
2.
A don Agustin Bardi by Horacio Salgán
Performer:  Daniel Binelli (Bandoneon), Polly Ferman (Piano)
Conductor:  Federico Garcia Vigil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binelli-ferman Duo,  Montevideo Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
3.
Milonga casi candombe by Horacio Salgán
Performer:  Daniel Binelli (Bandoneon), Polly Ferman (Piano)
Conductor:  Federico Garcia Vigil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binelli-ferman Duo,  Montevideo Philharmonic
4.
Metropolis by Daniel Binelli
Performer:  Daniel Binelli (Bandoneon), Polly Ferman (Piano)
Conductor:  Federico Garcia Vigil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binelli-ferman Duo,  Montevideo Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
5.
Imagenes by Daniel Binelli
Performer:  Daniel Binelli (Bandoneon), Polly Ferman (Piano)
Conductor:  Federico Garcia Vigil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binelli-ferman Duo,  Montevideo Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
6.
Preludio y Candombe by Daniel Binelli
Performer:  Daniel Binelli (Bandoneon), Polly Ferman (Piano)
Conductor:  Federico Garcia Vigil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binelli-ferman Duo,  Montevideo Philharmonic
7.
Tangos (3) for Bandoneón and Orchestra by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Daniel Binelli (Bandoneon), Polly Ferman (Piano)
Conductor:  Federico Garcia Vigil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binelli-ferman Duo,  Montevideo Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
8.
Enrico IV: Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Daniel Binelli (Bandoneon), Polly Ferman (Piano)
Conductor:  Federico Garcia Vigil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binelli-ferman Duo,  Montevideo Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; Argentina 
9.
Alfonsina Y El Mar by Ariel Ramires
Performer:  Daniel Binelli (Bandoneon), Polly Ferman (Piano)
Conductor:  Federico Garcia Vigil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binelli-ferman Duo,  Montevideo Philharmonic

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