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Tango Sensations / Alban Berg Quartet


Release Date: 07/13/2004 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 57778   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Astor PiazzollaEduardo ArolasJuan Carlos CobianJulio De Caro,   ... 
Performer:  Per Arne Glorvigen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alban Berg String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It seems that many classical musicians want to do a CD of Astor Piazzolla’s music these days. The cynic in me wants to add “because it sells,” but perhaps the real reason is that the more people who hear Piazzolla’s music, the more people who appreciate it and want to perform it themselves. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

I associate the Alban Berg Quartet with very traditional—“high fiber,” if you will—performances of German and Austrian classics, so, when I opened the package from Tenafly and saw the ABQ’s name on this release, I couldn’t help feeling vaguely uneasy. I shouldn’t have worried. First, the presence of bandoneón player Per Arne Glorvigen and double bassist Alois Posch suggested that experienced Piazzollists were
Read more watching over the proceedings. (Both appeared on Gidon Kremer’s excellent Hommage à Piazzolla CD back in 1996—Nonesuch 79407-2). Second, and more important, it is condescending to assume that the Quartet can’t play Piazzolla, and it is equally condescending to imply that Piazzolla’s music somehow “can’t stand up” to performers of the Quartet’s seriousness and caliber. Piazzolla actually wrote his Tango Sensations for a string quartet with bandoneón anyway, so there isn’t even a reason to grumble about arrangements. However, I will grumble that when Nonesuch released an “EP” of Piazzolla himself playing the Tango Sensations with the Kronos Quartet (Nonesuch 79254-2), there was an additional movement—the second one, titled “Loving.” Where is it? Not on this CD.

Kurt Schwertsik was born in 1935, and his Adieu Satie “makes surreal glosses on characteristic moments, moods, and thoughts in the works of the enigmatic French composer,” in the more or less apt words of annotator Simon Wright. Its five movements are “Parade,” “Darius en vacances,” “Le coq et l’Arlequin,” “Gymnopédie,” and “Clownerie acrobatique.” I have not decided how I feel about Adieu Satie, except that it seems like weak stuff compared to the Piazzolla (to say nothing of Satie). It’s cute. I just don’t expect it to haunt my sleepless nights.

It was a happy idea to let Glorvigen play three solo tangos between the Tango Sensations and the Schwertsik. The three composers were tango stars of their day, and it was their example that Piazzolla followed—and eventually went way beyond—as he matured as a composer.

The engineers capture the feel of a live occasion, and one senses that the audience is responding to and likes what it is hearing. So do I.

Raymond Tuttle, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Tristezas de un Doble A by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Per Arne Glorvigen (Bandoneon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alban Berg String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
2.
El Marne by Eduardo Arolas
Performer:  Per Arne Glorvigen (Bandoneon)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
3.
Mi Refugio by Juan Carlos Cobian
Performer:  Per Arne Glorvigen (Bandoneon)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Notes: Arranger: Astor Piazzolla. 
4.
Gran Tango Milonga by Julio De Caro
Performer:  Per Arne Glorvigen (Bandoneon)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Notes: Arrangers: Leopoldo Frederico; Felix Lipesker. 
5.
Five Tango Sensations: Asleep by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Per Arne Glorvigen (Bandoneon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alban Berg String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; Argentina 
6.
Five Tango Sensations: Anxiety by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Per Arne Glorvigen (Bandoneon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alban Berg String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; Argentina 
7.
Five Tango Sensations: Despertar by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Per Arne Glorvigen (Bandoneon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alban Berg String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; Argentina 
8.
Five Tango Sensations: Fear by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Per Arne Glorvigen (Bandoneon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alban Berg String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; Argentina 
9.
Adieu Satie, Op. 86 by Kurt Schwertsik
Performer:  Per Arne Glorvigen (Bandoneon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alban Berg String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; Austria 

Sound Samples

Tango Sensations: Asleep
Tango Sensations: Anxiety
Tango Sensations: Awake
Tango Sensations: Fear
El Marne
Mi Refugio
La Rayuela - Gran Tango Milonga
Adieu Satie Op.86: Parade
Adieu Satie Op.86: Darius en vacances
Adieu Satie Op.86: Le Coq et l'Arlequin
Adieu Satie Op.86: Gymnopedie
Adieu Satie Op.86: Clownerie acrobatique
Tristezas para un AA

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