Label: EMI Classics - 7243 5 57319 2 0 • Format: CD Album • Country: Europe • Genre: Classical •
It took fifteen years from our earliest beginnings to the finished product. I am profoundly grateful to my colleagues for ensuring that by working closely together they have been able to grant me this heartfelt wish. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to making this CD a reality.
The tango and the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic — a beautiful old love affair that has lost none of its passion over the years. For some people the result seems too classical, for others it is lacking in seriousness. The son of Italian parents, he was born in Argentina in but he and his family emigrated to New York in There his homesick father would spend his entire day listening to tangos.
By the time that Piazzolla returned to Buenos Aires inthis style was in his blood, although the great loves of his musical life were jazz and the works of Bach. Thanks to the intermediary of Artur Rubinstein he became a composition student of Alberto Ginastera and then moved to Paris to study with Nadia Boulanger.
Finally she forced the intimidated Piazzolla to admit that he was really a nightclub musician. When he played her his tangos, it was clear to her that here Spain - Die 12 Cellisten Der Berliner Philharmoniker - Round Midnight the real Piazzolla.
The novelty Pechuga - Colega - Pechuga EP the tango nuevo lies in the fact that it does not simply repeat the same tired patterns and rhythms. Everything is possible, every experiment, every merger with other styles.
Its title combines the words libertad freedom and tango and in that way celebrates its release from the traditional tango. It features all of the energy and passion that we expect from a tango but it also contains an infinite variety of subtle nuances. This music soars, but it is also lively, mysterious and ingratiating by turns — an emotional world tour within the narrowest conceivable confines. Or listen to the way in which Piazzolla explores the hackneyed theme of loneliness in Soledad : the nostalgic theme emerges from the vague and tentative opening bars Spain - Die 12 Cellisten Der Berliner Philharmoniker - Round Midnight blending with dissonant sound-surfaces and never descending into sentimentality.
Rarely has the pain of loneliness been as genuinely captured in music as it is here. Time and again it breaks out of his music. In Buenos Aires hora cerofor example, we hear the noises of the metropolis at night, including the sirens of the emergency services, creating an atmospheric portrait that comes close to a symphonic poem. Of particular interest in this context is the prominent role that Piazzolla accords to language, which he often reproduces in his music, resulting in a quite astonishing effect, whereby real people actually seem to set foot on the stage.
Duo de amor starts with a recitative for the two lovers and creates the impression of a dialogue right up to its final bars. In addition to his major themes, all of which were grounded in society, Piazzolla also described his own experiences in his music. Escualo The Shark is one such case: here the enthusiastic fisherman captures his encounters and struggles with a shark in music that is mordant in the extreme. This music never seems studied but appears to spring from the moment, so that the emotions that it expresses are all the more authentic in consequence.
But Piazzolla is no longer an imitator, as he had been during his youth. The solid foundations of his style provided him with the strength that he needed to confront his great colleagues with the self-assurance of an equal. We may ask ourselves where simple enjoyment is to be found in all this. After all, Piazzolla said of himself that he loved pleasure, a good wine and life in general. Did he never Spain - Die 12 Cellisten Der Berliner Philharmoniker - Round Midnight a piece of music that is light-hearted from first to last?
The answer is no. And the same is true of Calientethe very title of which conjures up the notions of heat, liveliness and sexual excitement. All of these qualities resonate in the opening bars of this tango, before — almost predictably — a mood of depression descends. Calambre Pride starts off by striking a note of self-assurance in keeping with its title, but such pride is flawed, leading to an increasing loss of balance, and is clearly just a front. In Decarismo — a tribute to the violinist, bandleader and composer Julio De Caro — the situation is reversed, the melancholy brooding of the opening giving way to an almost optimistic boisterousness.
Piazzolla died in Spain - Die 12 Cellisten Der Berliner Philharmoniker - Round Midnight , but the tango lives on not only in the style that he reinvigorated but also in its traditional form. This point is well illustrated by the present album. A representative of the younger generation of Argentine composers is Pasquale Stafano who, like Piazzolla, has made his mark with his imaginative Spain - Die 12 Cellisten Der Berliner Philharmoniker - Round Midnight of tango and jazz.
Piazzolla inspired not only a later generation of tango composers but also legions of arrangers. Anyone looking for arrangements of Libertango, for example, will stumble upon the most incredible interpretations: from Grace Jones to a Japanese ukulele duo, no stone has been left unturned.
During the most intensive period, the work One More Time - 77s* - A Golden Field Of Radioactive Crows whirl round in my head day and night. Sometimes I would dream about it.
And sometimes the solution to a particular problem was clear to me by the following morning. Also of importance is the fact that these arrangements were not prepared for any anonymous cellists but for a particular ensemble. Each part is written with a specific player in mind and reflects his or her predilections and abilities. This process, too, is time-consuming, but it takes full advantage of the potential of the 12 Cellists.
It was for him that Riniker wrote the virtuoso solo in Tres minutos con la realidad. Only one conclusion can be drawn from the fact that the 12 Cellists are willing to make such an effort: their love of the tango is at least as great as it was when they first discovered it. And what is the reason for their enthusiasm? Why is it, then, that it gives the impression of constituting a world of its own? Is it the power of its themes, some of which consist of only a few notes?
Is it the harmonic The Look Of Love - Dusty Springfield - Complete A And B Sides 1963 - 1970, with its powerful and sometimes abrupt shifts?
Is it the contrast between lyricism and motoric rhythms, between stasis and breakneck speeds, between love and hopelessness? The only possible answer is this: yes, it is all of these things and more — it is life in all its richness. Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker. Discover this CD on:.
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