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Piazzolla: Legacy / Cotik, Lin


Release Date: 10/13/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573789  
Composer:  Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Tao LinTomas CotikAlex WadnerJeffrey Kipperman,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the year of the 25th anniversary of Piazzolla’s death, Argentinean-born violinist Tomas Cotik and Chinese-American pianist Tao Lin follow their critically acclaimed Tango Nuevo with more of Piazzolla’s richest and most exciting compositions. These fresh adaptations for mostly two or three musicians preserve and celebrate the Nuevo tango master’s legacy. ‘I think that lovers of tango music will definitelyw ant this fascinating disc,’ wrote Fanfare of Tango Nuevo. In the year of the 25th anniversary of Piazzolla’s death, Argentinean-born violinist Tomas Cotik and Chinese-American pianist Tao Lin follow their critically acclaimed Tango Nuevo with more of Piazzolla’s richest and most exciting compositions. These fresh adaptations for mostly two or three musicians preserve and celebrate the Nuevo tango master’s legacy. ‘I think that lovers of tango music will definitelyw ant this fascinating disc,’ wrote Fanfare of Tango Nuevo. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Escualo by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Tao Lin (Piano), Tomas Cotik (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
2.
Vardarito by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Alex Wadner (Percussion), Tao Lin (Piano), Jeffrey Kipperman (Double Bass),
Tomas Cotik (Violin), Bradley Loudis (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
3.
Milonga del Angel by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Tao Lin (Piano), Jeffrey Kipperman (Double Bass), Tomas Cotik (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; Argentina 
4.
Las estaciones porteñas (4) by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Bradley Loudis (Percussion), Tomas Cotik (Violin), Tao Lin (Piano),
Alex Wadner (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967-1970; Argentina 
5.
Adios nonino by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Tomas Cotik (Violin), Tao Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; Argentina 
6.
Introducción al Angel by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Bradley Loudis (Percussion), Tomas Cotik (Violin), Tao Lin (Piano),
Alex Wadner (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; Argentina 
7.
Jeanne y Paul by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Bradley Loudis (Percussion), Tomas Cotik (Violin), Tao Lin (Piano),
Alex Wadner (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; Argentina 
8.
Balada para un loco by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Tomas Cotik (Violin), Jeffrey Kipperman (Double Bass), Tao Lin (Piano),
Alfredo Lerida (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
9.
Revirado by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Tomas Cotik (Violin), Tao Lin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
10.
Fracanapa by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Bradley Loudis (Percussion), Tomas Cotik (Violin), Tao Lin (Piano),
Alex Wadner (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Cotik Kicks Butt in Piazzolla December 23, 2017 By Art Music Lady See All My Reviews "This is the kind of album I generally pass over for review on principle. Well, actually on two principles: I get bored listening to tango after tango after tango, which I personally don’t feel is a good form for classical composition and which I felt that Astor Piazzolla beat to death, plus the fact that most performances I’ve heard of Piazzolla’s music are pretty boring. But violinist Tomás Cotik emailed me and asked if I would be kind enough to audition this album, and I was so impressed that I became involved in his playing and decided to post my impressions here. Perhaps one reason I liked these performances so much was that Cotik and Osvaldo Calo arranged these pieces for violin, bass and piano, but surely the main reason is that Cotik is a hell of a violinist who plays with tremendous vitality and rhythmic acuity. In his very able hands, the music practically jumps off his bowstrings, and in the process, both he and pianist Tao Lin sound as if they’re practically dancing as they play. (Well, who knows? Maybe they are. Classical performers nowadays do all kinds of crazy stuff when they play, like wave their hands and arms in the air when singing, or walk and dance around the stage when playing.) But the bottom line is that Cotik, Lin, and bassist Jeffrey Kipperman make of this material a tango festival that sounds much closer to the folk or pop version of the music than usual, and in so doing lift Piazzolla’s pieces out of their usually stodgy atmosphere and place them in the realm of crossover material that works. It is the same kind of enthusiasm and good music ideas that makes the music of Nikolai Kapustin sound so good because it actually sounds like jazz, and jazz rhythm, like popular tango rhythm, is much more infectious than its stuffy academic knock-offs. I do hope that Cotik will consider it a compliment when I say that his playing reminded me of such jazz masters of the violin as Joe Venuti (especially) and Stéphane Grappelli. Certainly, Menuhin himself thought Grappelli one of the greatest violinists of his genre, so much so that he played with him, both in public and on recordings, for a decade. Yehudi never could swing as hard as Stéphane but he gave it the old college try, and in the end he did learn how to improvise. If Cotik ever turned his attention to jazz violin, he’d have absolutely no trouble swinging. He does so here on Las 4 estaciones porteñas, and if he leaves pianist Lin a bit behind that’s OK, because at least he knows how to make this music fly. --Lynn Rene Bayley, The Art Music Lounge" Report Abuse
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