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Piazzini Plays Piazzolla & Others

> Retrato de Alfredo Gobbi - Retrato de Alfredo Gobbi
> Pigmalion - Pigmalion
> Bailecito - Bailecito
> Gato - Gato
> Atardecer en la sierra - Atardecer en la sierra
> Tango del angel - Tango del angel
> Picasso - Picasso
> Milonga - Milonga
> 3 Danzas argentinas, Op. 2 - No. 1. Danza del viejo boyero
> 3 Danzas argentinas, Op. 2 - No. 2. Danza de la moza donosa
> 3 Danzas argentinas, Op. 2 - No. 3. Danza del gaucho matrero
> Bailecito - Bailecito
> Campera - Campera
> Milonga - Milonga
> Cancion de las venusinas (version for piano) - Cancion de las venusinas (version for piano)
> Preludio para la Cruz del Sur - Preludio para la Cruz del Sur
> El rancho abandonado, Op. 32, No. 4 - El rancho abandonado, Op. 32, No. 4
> Gato - Gato
> Aires nacionales, Vol. 1 - Aires nacionales, Vol. 1: Triste No. 4
> Chau Paris - Chau Paris
> Muerte - Muerte

Album Summary

>Piazzolla, Astor : Retrato de Alfredo Gobbi, tango
>Piazzolla, Astor : Pigmalion, tango song
>Guastavino, Carlos : Bailecito, for piano
>Guastavino, Carlos : Gato, for solo piano
>Fontenla, Jorge : Atardecer en la sierra, for piano
>Piazzolla, Astor : Tango del angel, tango (from Angel series)
>Piazzolla, Astor : Picasso, tango for bandoneon, piano & strings
>Ginastera, Alberto : Canciones (2), Op. 3
>Ginastera, Alberto : Danza de la moza donosa
>Lopez-Buchardo, Carlos : Bailecito for piano
>Lopez-Buchardo, Carlos : Campera, version for piano
>Saenz, Pedro : Milonga, for piano
>Piazzolla, Astor : Cancion de las venusinas, tango song
>Piazzolla, Astor : Preludio para la cruz del Sur, tango song
>Williams, Alberto : El rancho abandonado, for piano
>Aguirre, Julian : Gato, for piano
>Aguirre, Julian : Tristes for guitar no 4
>Piazzolla, Astor : Chau Paris
>Piazzolla, Astor : Mort (Muerte), tango (from film, Lumiere)
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Carmen Piazzini, born and raised in Buenos Aires, completed her studies in Germany with Hans Leygraf. As an intermediary between the worlds of classical music in Europe and South America, she consciously performs Astor Piazzolla's works from the viewpoint of a classically trained pianist. On this CD, she also presents works of composers from her homeland, some of whom are virtually unknown in Europe.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Veltesaal, Schloss Gottesaue, Karlsruhe (07/19/1997).



Reviews

Folklore & European tradition in piano music from Argentina
The arts in Argentina, like in so many New World countries, come from a fine balance of indigenous folklore and European traditions. Jorge Luis Borges argues, in "The Argentine Writer and Tradition", that Argentine writers must be free to invent their own literature in the context of the entire range of world literature. Thus Borges writes in the gaucho tradition of Martín Fierro, but at the same time in the traditions of the Norse Eddas, Cervantes, and Robert Louis Stevenson. For those who know Astor Piazzolla only as a composer in the "nuevo tango" tradition (and the "nuevo" is problematic, since few are really aware of the classic tango sound), this CD might be a revelation. Piazzolla's biography - check out the excellent article on Wikipedia - is full of things you wouldn't expect. Though he was born in Mar del Plata, Argentina, in 1921, he spent most of his childhood in New York City, where he made early musical connections with jazz and with J.S. Bach. By the mid-50s, Piazzolla was in Paris studying with Nadia Boulanger. Certainly Piazzolla had strong links with classic tango traditions, but there is also a jazz element in his "nuevo tango", and a strong classical foundation in all of his music (besides Bach there are the same French and Stravinskian influences you hear in Villa-Lobos, with an additional mid-century avante-garde sound Villa never sampled). This excellent disc of piano music from Argentina played by Carmen Piazzini has a thesis that is similar to that of Borges. The best composers of Argentina work in a much broader context than the traditional dance tunes of gauchos and tangueros. The short pieces by Piazzolla included in this well-filled disc include some jazzy pieces with an improvised feel (Picasso), and tango-tinged Bachianas (Preludio para la Cruz del Sur). Both styles can move sideways into Debussy or Chopin, and then shift back to the more familiar Argentina tango/milonga sound. Alberto Ginastera doesn't need any special pleading to place him amongst the greatest composers of the 20th Century (in the World, not just in South America). Like his peers Carlos Chavez and Heitor Villa-Lobos, Ginastera moves easily from folklore-inspired pieces to more classically-structured, abstract works, as you can hear in the two works on this disc. Both Milonga (1938) and the dance-sonata Danzas Argentinas (1940) are from his "Objective Nationalist" phase, and both include piano-writing at the highest level. The other composers - most of them new to me - are represented by short works that can each be called "characteristic pieces". The works of the master art-song writer Carlos Guastavino stand out, as does Alberto Williams' piece. But this music is all of high quality, and the entire disc provides a pleasing variety of very listenable music. This is a re-packaging of a CD originally recorded in Germany in 1997. The sound is excellent, with a natural piano sound that suits the music.
Submitted on 04/23/10 by Dean Frey 
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Works Details

>Piazzolla, Astor : Retrato de Alfredo Gobbi, tango
  • Performer: Carmen Piazzini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969

>Piazzolla, Astor : Pigmalion, tango song
  • Performer: Carmen Piazzini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946-1947

>Guastavino, Carlos : Bailecito, for piano
  • Performer: Carmen Piazzini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Guastavino, Carlos : Gato, for solo piano
  • Performer: Carmen Piazzini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Fontenla, Jorge : Atardecer en la sierra, for piano
  • Performer: Carmen Piazzini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.

>Piazzolla, Astor : Tango del ángel, tango (from Angel series)
  • Performer: Carmen Piazzini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Piazzolla, Astor : Picasso, tango for bandoneón, piano & strings
  • Performer: Carmen Piazzini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1955

>Ginastera, Alberto : Canciones (2), Op. 3
  • Performer: Carmen Piazzini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Ginastera, Alberto : Danza de la moza donosa
  • Performer: Carmen Piazzini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Carlos López-Buchardo (1881 - 1948) : Bailecito for piano
  • Performer: Carmen Piazzini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Carlos López-Buchardo (1881 - 1948) : Campera, version for piano
  • Performer: Carmen Piazzini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Saenz, Pedro : Milonga, for piano
  • Performer: Carmen Piazzini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Piazzolla, Astor : Canción de las venusinas, tango song
  • Performer: Carmen Piazzini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Piazzolla, Astor : Preludio para la cruz del Sur, tango song
  • Performer: Carmen Piazzini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Williams, Alberto : El rancho abandonado, for piano
  • Performer: Carmen Piazzini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Julián Aguirre (1868 - 1924) : Gato, for piano
  • Performer: Carmen Piazzini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Julián Aguirre (1868 - 1924) : Tristes for guitar no 4
  • Performer: Carmen Piazzini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Piazzolla, Astor : Chau Paris
  • Performer: Carmen Piazzini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>Piazzolla, Astor : Mort (Muerte), tango (from film, Lumière)
  • Performer: Carmen Piazzini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975