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Piazzolla: Le Gran Tango / Marcucci, Storer, Et Al


Release Date: 05/11/2004 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 19804   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Daniel StorerPeter KatonaZoltán KatonaAlfredo Marcucci
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Katona TwinsCarducci String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Countless classical artists have hitched their stars to the Astor Piazzolla bandwagon since the composer's death in 1992. And why not? After all, Piazzolla's passionate, inventive compositional style did for the Tango what Chopin did for the Polonaise, Strauss Jr. for the Waltz, Sousa for the Military March, and Elena Kats-Chernin for the Rag. But some of these performers are stylistically clueless and can't unlock the idiom's dark, sultry secrets, no matter how earnestly they play the notes. By contrast, the Katona Twins possess clues and answers galore. Listen to the three-part Tango Suite or to Le Grand Tango, with their dazzling runs and syncopations. The Katonas constantly shape their
Read more effortless virtuosity so that the phrases and accents fall in the right places, conjuring up the smoke between the notes.


Their resourceful arranging skills don't hurt either. Notice (especially in surround-sound) how the Carducci Quartet and bassist Daniel Storer embrace (but don't smother) the guitarists with their beefy sonority and slithery decorative gestures in Hommage à Liège and in the nifty little Fugata that opens this disc. You'll swear that a full string orchestra's in the room. If you're a Piazzolla fan interested in 54 minutes of sonic and musical exhilaration, this disc's a must. [6/24/2004]
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fugata by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Daniel Storer (Double Bass), Peter Katona (Guitar), Zoltán Katona (Guitar),
Alfredo Marcucci (Bandoneon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Katona Twins,  Carducci String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
2.
Las estaciones porteñas (4): Otoño porteño by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Zoltán Katona (Guitar), Peter Katona (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Katona Twins
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; Argentina 
3.
Milonga en re by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Alfredo Marcucci (Bandoneon), Zoltán Katona (Guitar), Peter Katona (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Katona Twins
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
4.
Tango Suite for 2 Guitars by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Daniel Storer (Double Bass), Zoltán Katona (Guitar), Peter Katona (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Katona Twins,  Carducci String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; Argentina 
5.
Tres Minutos con la realidad by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Peter Katona (Guitar), Zoltán Katona (Guitar), Daniel Storer (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Katona Twins,  Carducci String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
6.
Hommage à Liège by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Peter Katona (Guitar), Zoltán Katona (Guitar), Daniel Storer (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Katona Twins,  Carducci String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
7.
Le Grand Tango by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Peter Katona (Guitar), Zoltán Katona (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Katona Twins
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 

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