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Tango Dreams / Alexander Sevastian, accordion

Album Summary

>Piazzolla, Astor : Chiquilín de Bachin, tango song
>Rodriguez, Matos : La Cumparsita, for tango orchestra
>Piazzolla, Astor : Adiós Nonino, tango
>Piazzolla, Astor : Sentido unico
>Piazzolla, Astor : Contrabajeando, tango (with Anibal Troilo)
>Arolas, Eduardo : La Cachila, tango
>Semenov, Vyacheslav : Devotion, for accordion
>Piazzolla, Astor : Preludes (3) for piano
>Luedeke, Raymond : Tango Dreams, for accordion & string trio
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

As we were recording the CD they began to feel as if the different pieces were "reacting" to one another. It was almost as if the composers were having an intense conversation across the centuries, with no existing time barriers.

It is a serious matter to consider that there may be an end to early music, as there is to life itself; but assuming that there is a place beyond time and space, the music on this CD offers glimpses into how inspired composers have managed to zoom in on dimensions beneath and beyond our ordinary reality, insofar as it is humanly possible to do so. Accordionist Alexander Sevastian is the four-time first prize winner of international accordion competitions including the prestigious Coupe Mondiale in 2007 in Washington, DC. For his new recording, Tango Dreams, he immerses himself in a musical genre that is dear to his heart.

Tango is the product of people drawn together on the margins of Buenos Aires in the late nineteenth century. From the pimps and prostitutes of the bars and slum districts on the outskirts of the capital to the ports of Montevideo and Rio de la Plata, the music of the people merged - Andalusian Flamenco, southern Italian melodies, Cuban habanera, African candomblé percussion and milonga (the Argentine gaucho song).

The spirit of tango music is expressed in a famous tango lyric: "I will make my heart drunk, so I can toast to the frustration of love."

Half of the works on Tango Dreams were composed by Astor Piazzolla who was a pioneer of "tango nuevo" or "new tango". He was the first tango composer whose music made the giant leap from dance clubs and cabarets to world-class stages.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Loudmouth Studios, Toronto (2013-01-03_2013-01-04&2013-).



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Works Details

>Piazzolla, Astor : Chiquilín de Bachin, tango song
  • Performers: Anna Antropova (Viola); Atis Bankas (Violin); Albina Molodozhan (Violin); Alexander Sevastian (Accordion); Jonathan Tortolano (Cello)
  • Notes: Loudmouth Studios, Toronto (2013-01-03_2013-01-04&2013-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1969

>Rodriguez, Matos : La Cumparsita, for tango orchestra
  • Performer: Alexander Sevastian (Accordion)
  • Notes: Loudmouth Studios, Toronto (2013-01-03_2013-01-04&2013-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1917

>Piazzolla, Astor : Adiós Nonino, tango
  • Performer: Alexander Sevastian (Accordion)
  • Notes: Loudmouth Studios, Toronto (2013-01-03_2013-01-04&2013-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Piazzolla, Astor : Sentido unico
  • Performer: Alexander Sevastian (Accordion)
  • Notes: Loudmouth Studios, Toronto (2013-01-03_2013-01-04&2013-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Piazzolla, Astor : Contrabajeando, tango (with Anibal Troilo)
  • Performer: Alexander Sevastian (Accordion)
  • Notes: Loudmouth Studios, Toronto (2013-01-03_2013-01-04&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: by 1960

>Arolas, Eduardo : La Cachila, tango
  • Performer: Alexander Sevastian (Accordion)
  • Notes: Loudmouth Studios, Toronto (2013-01-03_2013-01-04&2013-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Semenov, Vyacheslav : Devotion, for accordion
  • Performer: Alexander Sevastian (Accordion)
  • Notes: Loudmouth Studios, Toronto (2013-01-03_2013-01-04&2013-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Piazzolla, Astor : Preludes (3) for piano :: Flora's Game
  • Performer: Alexander Sevastian (Accordion)
  • Notes: Loudmouth Studios, Toronto (2013-01-03_2013-01-04&2013-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: ?1989

>Luedeke, Raymond : Tango Dreams, for accordion & string trio
  • Performers: Anna Antropova (Viola); Atis Bankas (Violin); Alexander Sevastian (Accordion); Jonathan Tortolano (Cello)
  • Notes: Loudmouth Studios, Toronto (2013-01-03_2013-01-04&2013-)
  • Running Time: 23 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music