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Tango Nuevo - Tango music of Astor Piazzolla and Pablo Ziegler / Pablo Ziegler, piano; Christopher O'Riley, piano

Album Summary

>Ziegler, Pablo : El Empedrado, tango
>Ziegler, Pablo : Milongueta, tango
>Piazzolla, Astor : Michelangelo 70
>Ziegler, Pablo : Asfalto, tango for 2 pianos
>Ziegler, Pablo : Maria Ciudad for tango quintet
>Ziegler, Pablo : Elegante Canyenguito, tango for 2 pianos
>Ziegler, Pablo : Elegia sobre "Adios Nonino," for piano (after Piazzolla)
>Ziegler, Pablo : Places, tango for 2 pianos
>Ziegler, Pablo : Milonga del Adios, tango for 2 pianos
>Piazzolla, Astor : Fuga y misterio, tango (from operetta, María de Buenos Aires)
>Piazzolla, Astor : Buenos Aires hora zero
>Ziegler, Pablo : Sandunga, tango
>Piazzolla, Astor : Libertango
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Pianist, composer, and arranger Pablo Ziegler has one multiple awards for his accomplishments, the most prestigious of which being a Latin Grammy Award. Ziegler's career began when he performed in tango master Astor Piazzolla's legendary quintet. Since then, Ziegler has become the face of Argentine New Tango- an exciting hybrid of tango and jazz. Pianist Christopher O'Riley is known to many as the host of NPR's From the Top. He performs a wide variety of music, from Renaissance to modern and avant-garde. He has been praised for his relentless efforts to reach new audiences, and performs concerts both solo and with orchestras all over the world. "There's no question that Ziegler takes the tango to levels of sophistication and refinement probably undreamed of by Piazzolla." (Chicago Tribune)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, VA (12/07/2015-12/10/2015).

The vogue for tango music in classical circles seems to have abated a bit from its high point in the early 2000s, but this may be all to the good. Players are exploring new directions in classic tango, the Piazzolla style, the fascinating fusion style electrotango, and more. Here you have an album of tango nuevo by the Argentine pianist Pablo Ziegler and the American Christopher O'Riley, whom U.S. listeners may recognize as the host of the From the Top program on National Public Radio. The term tango nuevo has been applied to the music of Piazzolla himself, but this is nuevo tango nuevo. Ziegler was the pianist in Piazzolla's band for the last 12 years of Piazzolla's life and has recorded music that closely follows his mentor's. Here he branches out, a few times following Piazzolla's own recordings (as in Buenos Aires Hora Cero), but more often departing from his substantially. Sample the Elegia sobre Adiós Nonino, an elegantly meditative reworking of and gloss on Piazzolla's classic, for two pianos. Ziegler and O'Riley have a nice jazz-like rapport, and an account of how they came to work together would have been more useful than the canned biographies of the two artists in the booklet. The compositions by Ziegler himself, often lightly programmatic, make a nice foil for the Piazzolla works and are often lighter in nature. Steinway & Sons' sound, engineered at the Sono Luminus studios in Virginia, is superb. Recommended for tango lovers, especially those interested in the music's intersections with jazz, which was an underappreciated inspiration for Piazzolla's style. ~ James Manheim



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Works Details

>Ziegler, Pablo : El Empedrado, tango
  • Performers: Christopher O'Riley (Piano); Pablo Ziegler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ziegler, Pablo : Milongueta, tango
  • Performers: Christopher O'Riley (Piano); Pablo Ziegler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Piazzolla, Astor : Michelangelo 70
  • Performers: Christopher O'Riley (Piano); Pablo Ziegler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969

>Ziegler, Pablo : Asfalto, tango for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Christopher O'Riley (Piano); Pablo Ziegler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ziegler, Pablo : Maria Ciudad for tango quintet
  • Performers: Christopher O'Riley (Piano); Pablo Ziegler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1989

>Ziegler, Pablo : Elegante Canyenguito, tango for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Christopher O'Riley (Piano); Pablo Ziegler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ziegler, Pablo : Elegia sobre "Adios Nonino," for piano (after Piazzolla)
  • Performers: Christopher O'Riley (Piano); Pablo Ziegler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ziegler, Pablo : Places, tango for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Christopher O'Riley (Piano); Pablo Ziegler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ziegler, Pablo : Milonga del Adios, tango for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Christopher O'Riley (Piano); Pablo Ziegler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Piazzolla, Astor : Fuga y misterio, tango (from operetta, María de Buenos Aires)
  • Performers: Christopher O'Riley (Piano); Pablo Ziegler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968

>Piazzolla, Astor : Buenos Aires hora zero
  • Performers: Christopher O'Riley (Piano); Pablo Ziegler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: ?1963

>Ziegler, Pablo : Sandunga, tango
  • Performers: Christopher O'Riley (Piano); Pablo Ziegler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Piazzolla, Astor : Libertango
  • Performers: Christopher O'Riley (Piano); Pablo Ziegler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974