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Astor Piazzolla's Best Tangos

Piazzolla / Delle-vigne
Release Date: 09/28/2010 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572331   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Aquiles Delle-Vigne
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Astor Piazzolla was unique. As Max Miller used to say, “there’ll never be another!” How true this is. Piazzolla was a man alone, possessed, a real trail-blazer. He was also a thoroughly nice chap. I had the great, good, fortune to meet him during his British debut, at the Almeida Festival in June 1985. That year the festival featured Tango and as well as Piazzolla and his New Tango Quintet, Yvar Mikhashoff introduced his International Tango Collection, which consisted of 48 virtuoso piano miniatures. I was there, paging turning for Yvar, and indeed, am the only Read more person alive who was present at that meeting of minds, when Yvar played Conlon Nancarrow’s Tango, a work which to many would have borne no resemblance to the tango whatsoever. Astor listened carefully, and at the end threw his arms in the air exclaiming, “but it eeez tango!” He knew when a composer had broken the bounds of tradition and created something new. And Piazzolla should have known about turning a form on its head and re-inventing it for that is what he did with the tango, in the process inventing what is now known as New Tango.  

Piazzolla’s musical pedigree is impressive. He studied with Alberto Ginastera, then in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, and it was she who recognised where his future lay, “She kept asking: ‘You say that you are not pianist. What instrument do you play, then?’ And I didn't want to tell her that I was a bandoneon player, because I thought, ‘Then she will throw me from the fourth floor.’ Finally, I confessed and she asked me to play some bars of a tango of my own. She suddenly opened her eyes, took my hand and told me: ‘You idiot, that's Piazzolla!’ And I took all the music I composed, ten years of my life, and sent it to hell in two seconds.” (from Ástor Piazzolla, ‘A Memoir’).  

So, not for the first time, Nadia Boulanger sent into the world a major musical figure whose work, like that of Copland before him and so many afterwards, would enrich and delight us. Considering that he toured with a variety of ensembles it’s a wonder that he had the time to create a repertoire for them. Create he did, there’s an astonishing amount of music and much of it has been arranged for various combinations, from solo piano, as here, to string orchestra, soloist with orchestra and so on. If you’ve ever heard Piazzolla and one of his many ensembles playing his music then you’ll never want to hear this music any other way, for they are the very best expositions of the works, played by the people for whom they were created with the master in charge.
 
These versions for solo piano are very pleasing but lack the essential bite of the music which is so noticeable in their band forms, and no matter how good a pianist Delle-Vigne is, and he is good, I cannot warm to his interpretations as I do to the originals. That said, this is a good introduction to Piazzolla’s music and with such good sound, and at the price, it’s a bargain! Afterwards, go out and discover the recordings of Astor and his New Tango groups.
 
-- Bob Briggs, MusicWeb International   Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Las estaciones porteñas (4) by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Aquiles Delle-Vigne (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967-1970; Argentina 
2.
Balada para un loco by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Aquiles Delle-Vigne (Piano), Aquiles Delle-Vigne (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
3.
Milonga del Angel by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Aquiles Delle-Vigne (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; Argentina 
4.
La muerte del Angel by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Aquiles Delle-Vigne (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; Argentina 
5.
Resurrección del Angel by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Aquiles Delle-Vigne (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; Argentina 
6.
History of the Tango: Retrato d'Alfredo Gobbi by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Aquiles Delle-Vigne (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Argentina 
7.
Chau Paris by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Aquiles Delle-Vigne (Piano), Aquiles Delle-Vigne (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
8.
Adios nonino by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Aquiles Delle-Vigne (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; Argentina 
9.
La misma Pena by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Aquiles Delle-Vigne (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
10.
Picasso by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Aquiles Delle-Vigne (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
11.
Sentido único by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Aquiles Delle-Vigne (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
12.
Guardia nueva by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Aquiles Delle-Vigne (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

Verano porteno (arr. A. Delle-Vigne for piano)
Otono porteno (arr. A. Delle-Vigne for piano)
Invierno porteno (arr. A. Delle-Vigne for piano)
Primavera portena (arr. A. Delle-Vigne for piano)
Balada para un Loco (arr. A. Delle-Vigne for piano)
Milonga del Angel (arr. A. Delle-Vigne for piano)
La Muerte del angel (arr. A. Delle-Vigne for piano)
Resurreccion del Angel (arr. A. Delle-Vigne for piano)
Chau Paris (arr. A. Delle-Vigne for piano)
Retrato d'Alfredo Gobi (arr. A. Delle-Vigne for piano)
Adios Nonino (arr. A. Delle-Vigne for piano)
La misma Pena (arr. A. Delle-Vigne for piano)
Picasso (arr. A. Delle-Vigne for piano)
Guardia Nueva (arr. A. Delle-Vigne for piano)
Sentido Unico (arr. A. Delle-Vigne for piano)

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