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Piazzolla: Symphonic Works Vol 2 / Castagna, et al

Album Summary

>Piazzolla, Astor : Sinfonia Buenos Aires, for orchestra ("Tres Movimentos Sinfonicos")
>Piazzolla, Astor : Concerto for bandoneon & orchestra ("Aconcagua")
>Piazzolla, Astor : Mar del Plata 70, tango
>Piazzolla, Astor : Las estaciones porteñas (4)
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla is best remembered for his tangos, which in their orchestral form combine the raw energy of the dance with the brilliance of a master orchestrator. This CD series highlights the orchestral side of his oeuvre, which not only brought tango onto the international scene, but confirmed Piazzolla as of one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century in the Americas.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Gabriel Castagna gives us the first recording of the Sinfonía Buenos Aires. Composed in 1951, it is far more ambitious in scope than the Sinfonietta - and more daring, as well. The music's tightly coiled rhythms are typical of the composer, certainly, but there's an edgy grandeur and harmonic pungency here that's like nothing else in his output.

Indeed, with its onslaught of percussion and blazing brass, the wailing climax of the slow movement put me in mind of Shostakovich's Eighth Symphony. Castagna inspires some ferocious playing from his German orchestra, particularly in the frenetic and feral finale.

The Concerto for bandoneón, strings and percussion (1979) is played with verve, too. Juan José Mosalini puts a jaunty spring in the rhythms of the solo part, a delectable reminder of the score's dance-music roots. José Carli's fullorchestra arrangement of Mar del Plata 70 retains the tango's acerbic character. Less appealing is Carlos Franzetti's transcription of Cuatro estaciones porteñas: Franzetti is a marvellous composer himself, and this suite is expertly scored, but the results are overly lush.



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>Piazzolla, Astor : Sinfonía Buenos Aires, for orchestra ("Tres Movimentos Sinfónicos")
  • Conductor: Gabriel Castagna
  • Ensemble: Württemberg Philharmonie Reutlingen
  • Notes: Studio of Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Germany (03/31/2006/04/01/2006)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Piazzolla, Astor : Concerto for bandoneón & orchestra ("Aconcagua")
  • Performer: Juan Mosalini (Bandoneon)
  • Conductor: Gabriel Castagna
  • Ensemble: Württemberg Philharmonie Reutlingen
  • Notes: Studio of Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Germany (03/31/2006/04/01/2006)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1979

>Piazzolla, Astor : Mar del Plata 70, tango
  • Conductor: Gabriel Castagna
  • Ensemble: Württemberg Philharmonie Reutlingen
  • Notes: Studio of Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Germany (03/31/2006/04/01/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965

>Piazzolla, Astor : Las estaciones porteñas (4)
  • Conductor: Gabriel Castagna
  • Ensemble: Württemberg Philharmonie Reutlingen
  • Notes: Studio of Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Germany (03/31/2006/04/01/2006)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965-1970