Monday, February 16, 2009

The Art of Arrangement

Libertango is certainly the most oft played and most oft abused piece of music that Piazzolla composed. Its popularity (nearly 25% of the Piazzolla videos posted on YouTube are of Libertango) is no doubt due to the fact that the "bones" of the music just sound right to the listeners. When a talented performer puts some spice on those "bones" or a talented arranger puts some meat around those "bones", the musical experience can be quite rewarding. The video below represents a triumph of the arranger - not to say that the performance is lacks something, it is superb.

The group is the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin - a well toured and talented Russian orchestra led by Misha Rachlevsky. Piazzolla's music is apparently not a major part of their repertoire but is listed on their website as part of their "encores'.

If the video does not appear below, click here to view it.

To learn more about Piazzolla videos, visit the Piazzolla Video site.

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