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Fourth of July Fireworks from Fantasy Records

Discussion in 'Music' started by Lee Scoggins, Jul 6, 2004.

  1. Lee Scoggins

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    I had a great July 4th! Part of the greatness was due to two new Fantasy titles I picked up in Super Audio, each superb recording and musical craftmanship...

    1. Art Pepper Plus Eleven - superb big band jazz engineered by the lesser known but great recording engineer Roy DuNann.

    2. Leo Kottke Six and Twelve String Guitar (the album with the alligator on the front). Amazing guitar work from one of the instrument's best. Great acoustical recording.

    Both highly recommended. [​IMG]

    Still waiting for my first disappointment from Fantasy. Could be waiting a while I think...
     
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    Also from Channel Classics is a new favorite of Piazolla music in pure DSD from these fine musicians....

    www.channelclassics.com

    19804

    Le Grand Tango
    Katona Twins

    Watch the Katona Interview about this release

    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) Peter en Zoltán Katona, guitars Alfredo Marcucci, bandoneón Carducci String Quartet: Matthew Denton, violin Katalin Varnagy, violin Graham Broadbent, viola Emma Denton, cello with Daniel Storer, double-bass 1 Tres Minutos con la Realidad for two guitars, string quartet and double-bass 2 Milonga en re for two guitars and bandoneón 3 Otoño Porteño for two guitars 4 Fugata for two guitars, string quartet and double-bass Tango Suite for two guitars 5 Tango nr. 1: Allegro 6 Tango nr. 2: Andante 7 Tango nr. 3: Allegro Homenaje a Lieja (1985) Double concerto for two guitars, string quartet and double-bass (original for bandoneón, guitar and string orchestra) 8 Introducción 9 Milonga 10 Tango Le Grand Tango 11 for two guitars total time 55.00 All pieces arranged by Peter and Zoltán Katona (except Tango Suite) Instruments: guitars made by Dragan Musulin, 1991

    Linernotes:

    Astor Piazzolla was born in 1921 in Mar del Plata, Argentina, the only child of Italian emigrants. He moved to New York as a child, where his father bought his first bandoneón at the age of 8. He studied with the Hungarian pianist Bela Wilda (disciple of Rachmaninov) and met Carlos Gardel, the king of classical tango, who became a good friend of the family. In 1936, he returned to Argentina and began playing in a number of tango orchestras. Soon he became a member and arranger of the Anibal Troilo orchestra, one of the best tango orchestras of that time. To develop his skills he decided to study with Alberto Ginastera. He was listening to lots of jazz and in 1946 he formed his first orchestra. His search for his own style, became obsessive and decided to abandon tango and the bandoneón to dedicate himself to his musical studies. At a composition contest he won a scholarship to study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, who encouraged him to return to tango. In 1955 Piazzolla returned to Argentina and formed a group, the Octeto Buenos Aires. His new works broke away from classical tango and he created chamber music without singer or any dancers. These new works generated hatred among the followers of orthodox tango. In 1978, Piazzolla formed his second quintet (bandoneón, violin, bass, piano, and electric guitar), which would make him world famous. His popularity continued to grow and with his quintet he toured all over the world. He suffered a stroke and died two years later in Buenos Aires on July 4, 1992. His works continue to influence the best musicians in the world even after his death. Astor Piazzolla wrote only one piece for two guitars. On this cd we recorded his original guitar duet the Tango Suite and several other pieces that we have arranged over the last couple of years. I do not think there is a special need for a justification in making these transcriptions. The quintet was probably Piazzolla's most beloved formation but regardless of the formation (quintet, sextet or octet) he always included a guitar (or electric guitar) in his chamber groups. This fact and also due to the number of pieces he composed for the guitar prove that Piazzolla saw the guitar as an instrument at the heart of tango music. The straight translation of Otoño Porteño into English would be something like: autumn in a little port. The citizens of Argentina often refer to Buenos Aires as porteño so ‘Otoño Porteño’ actually means ‘Autumn in Buenos Aires’. During his studies with Bela Wilda, Piazzolla came to love Bach. A reference to that is the first section of the Fugata, where he combines tango and fugue. One of Piazzollas most compact, energetic and rhythmically driving pieces is Tres Minutos con la Realidad which is also known as ‘Camorra 2’. In 1985 Piazzolla was named an exceptional citizen of Buenos Aires and in the same year he premiered his Double concerto for bandoneón and guitar: Homenaje a Lieja, under the direction of Leo Brouwer at the Fifth International Belgian Guitar Festival. Le Grand Tango (composed in 1982) was originally written for cello and piano and was dedicated to the Russian cellist, Mtislav Rostropovitch. He played the premiere in 1990 in New Orleans. This work, as so many of Piazzolla's music, has been subject to arrangements (probably best known is the one by Sofia Gubaidulina for violin and piano). We made our own arrangement for two guitars. Zoltán Katona
     

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