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Piazzolla: Tangos for Violin, Brass & Percussion / Tuscany Brass And Percussion Quintet

> Violentango (arr. D. De Sena for brass quintet and percussion) - Violentango (arr. D. De Sena for brass quintet and percussion)
> Amelitango (arr. D. De Sena for brass quintet and percussion) - Amelitango (arr. D. De Sena for brass quintet and percussion)
> Tristango (arr. D. De Sena for brass quintet and percussion) - Tristango (arr. D. De Sena for brass quintet and percussion)
> Las 4 estaciones portenas (The 4 Season) (arr. D. De Sena for violin, brass quintet and percussion) - No. 1. Verano Portena
> Las 4 estaciones portenas (The 4 Season) (arr. D. De Sena for violin, brass quintet and percussion) - No. 2. Otono Portena
> Las 4 estaciones portenas (The 4 Season) (arr. D. De Sena for violin, brass quintet and percussion) - No. 3. Invierno Portena
> Las 4 estaciones portenas (The 4 Season) (arr. D. De Sena for violin, brass quintet and percussion) - No. 4. Primavera Portena
> Undertango (arr. D. De Sena for brass quintet and percussion) - Undertango (arr. D. De Sena for brass quintet and percussion)
> Novitango (arr. D. De Sena for brass quintet and percussion) - Novitango (arr. D. De Sena for brass quintet and percussion)
> Histoire du Tango (History of the Tango): I. Bordel 1900 (arr. D. De Sena) - Histoire du Tango (History of the Tango): I. Bordel 1900 (arr. D. De Sena for violin, brass quintet and percussion)
> La Muerte del Angel (arr. D. De Sena for violin, brass quintet and percussion) - La Muerte del Angel (arr. D. De Sena for violin, brass quintet and percussion)
> Meditango (arr. D. De Sena for brass quintet and percussion) - Meditango (arr. D. De Sena for brass quintet and percussion)
> Ave Maria (arr. D. De Sena for violin, brass quintet and percussion) - Ave Maria (arr. D. De Sena for violin, brass quintet and percussion)
> Oblivion (arr. D. De Sena for violin, brass quintet and percussion) - Oblivion (arr. D. De Sena for violin, brass quintet and percussion)
> Libertango (arr. D. De Sena for violin, brass quintet and percussion) - Libertango (arr. D. De Sena for violin, brass quintet and percussion)

Album Summary

>Piazzolla, Astor : Violentango, tango
>Piazzolla, Astor : Amelitango, tango
>Piazzolla, Astor : Tristango, tango
>Piazzolla, Astor : Cuatro estaciónes porteñas (The Four Seasons), tango cycle
>Piazzolla, Astor : Undertango, tango
>Piazzolla, Astor : Novitango, tango
>Piazzolla, Astor : Histoire du Tango (History of the Tango)
>Piazzolla, Astor : La muerte del ángel, tango (from Angel series)
>Piazzolla, Astor : Meditango, tango
>Piazzolla, Astor : Tanti Anni Prima
>Piazzolla, Astor : Enrico IV
>Piazzolla, Astor : Libertango
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Notes & Reviews:

Astor Piazzolla's much-loved tangos have been arranged for all manner of instrumental line-ups, this album presenting an exuberant selection specially arranged for the acclaimed Tuscan Brass and Percussion Quintet, whose members are professors of their instruments in leading Italian conservatories. The Quintet is joined by guest violinist Andrea Tacchi. The result is a thrilling new take on nuevo tango, passionate yet poised, sharp and shiny as a knife-blade. The centrepiece of this album, Piazzolla's witty Four Seasons Suite takes Vivaldi's famous violin concertos for a stroll through the docklands of Buenos Aires, the original home of tango itself.

MusicWeb International
The recorded sound is clear and spacious. The arranger did a lot of work; he is resourceful and shows great mastery of counterpoint. The musicians play with healthy expressivity. The liner-note is interesting and informative. Definitely, this disc can be commended to seasoned fans as well as novices, though it will be more appreciated by those who are already accustomed to the innate impact of the brass ensemble.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorium del Suffragio, Lucca, Italy (10/04/2009-10/07/2009).



Reviews

Steely Passion
Astor Piazzolla was an amazingly prolific composer who technically only wrote one type of music – the tango. I say technically, because this student of Ginastera and Nadia Boulanger took the form farther than anyone else before or since, developing it into a pliable frame for his complex musical ideas. This new recording from Naxos features some of Piazzolla’s better-known works, arranged for brass quintet, percussion, and (for some pieces) violin. Reimagining Piazolla’s compositions with this decidedly classical contemporary mix of instruments offers new insights into the music. I wouldn’t recommend this disc as someone’s introduction to Piazzolla’s music, but for those already familiar with his output, it should be a welcome addition to their collection. The disc features “Las 4 Estaciones Portenas,” Piazzolla’s take on Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” The solo violin serves up most of the Vivaldi quotes, while the brass ensemble primiarly play Piazzolla’s additions. The contrasting timbres make this well-known work sound fresh. Also included are Piazzolla’s most popular work, “Oblivion” and the three tangos he wrote for Amelita Boltar. The Quintetto di Ottoni e Percussion della Toscana plays with tightly-wound precision. Percussionist Roberto Bichi nicely balances his performance between a popular music style (suitable for the tango’s origins), and a controlled, yet expressive playing of a classically-trained musician. I’ve heard some Piazzolla recordings that make pleasant background music. This isn’t one of them. The brass bring an immediacy to the music that cannot be ignored. And that’s a good thing. Piazzolla imbued his compositions with the passion and fire that was always part of the tango. This recording brings a new perspective to the music while remaining true to that vision.
Submitted on 07/08/11 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Piazzolla, Astor : Violentango, tango
  • Ensemble: Quintetto di Ottoni e Percussioni della Toscana
  • Notes: Auditorium del Suffragio, Lucca, Italy (10/04/2009-10/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974

>Piazzolla, Astor : Amelitango, tango
  • Ensemble: Quintetto di Ottoni e Percussioni della Toscana
  • Notes: Auditorium del Suffragio, Lucca, Italy (10/04/2009-10/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974

>Piazzolla, Astor : Tristango, tango
  • Ensemble: Quintetto di Ottoni e Percussioni della Toscana
  • Notes: Auditorium del Suffragio, Lucca, Italy (10/04/2009-10/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974

>Piazzolla, Astor : Cuatro estaciónes porteñas (The Four Seasons), tango cycle
  • Performer: Andrea Tacchi (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Quintetto di Ottoni e Percussioni della Toscana
  • Notes: Auditorium del Suffragio, Lucca, Italy (10/04/2009-10/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965-1970

>Piazzolla, Astor : Undertango, tango
  • Ensemble: Quintetto di Ottoni e Percussioni della Toscana
  • Notes: Auditorium del Suffragio, Lucca, Italy (10/04/2009-10/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974

>Piazzolla, Astor : Novitango, tango
  • Ensemble: Quintetto di Ottoni e Percussioni della Toscana
  • Notes: Auditorium del Suffragio, Lucca, Italy (10/04/2009-10/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974

>Piazzolla, Astor : Histoire du Tango (History of the Tango) :: 1. Bordel 1900
  • Performer: Andrea Tacchi (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Quintetto di Ottoni e Percussioni della Toscana
  • Notes: Auditorium del Suffragio, Lucca, Italy (10/04/2009-10/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: by 1985

>Piazzolla, Astor : La muerte del ángel, tango (from Angel series)
  • Performer: Andrea Tacchi (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Quintetto di Ottoni e Percussioni della Toscana
  • Notes: Auditorium del Suffragio, Lucca, Italy (10/04/2009-10/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962

>Piazzolla, Astor : Meditango, tango
  • Ensemble: Quintetto di Ottoni e Percussioni della Toscana
  • Notes: Auditorium del Suffragio, Lucca, Italy (10/04/2009-10/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974

>Piazzolla, Astor : Tanti Anni Prima
  • Performer: Andrea Tacchi (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Quintetto di Ottoni e Percussioni della Toscana
  • Notes: Auditorium del Suffragio, Lucca, Italy (10/04/2009-10/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984

>Piazzolla, Astor : Enrico IV
  • Performer: Andrea Tacchi (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Quintetto di Ottoni e Percussioni della Toscana
  • Notes: Auditorium del Suffragio, Lucca, Italy (10/04/2009-10/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1982

>Piazzolla, Astor : Libertango
  • Performer: Andrea Tacchi (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Quintetto di Ottoni e Percussioni della Toscana
  • Notes: Auditorium del Suffragio, Lucca, Italy (10/04/2009-10/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974