Tuesday, February 17, 2009

An Overlooked Original

I believe that at some point all available original Piazzolla performances which were captured on video will be available on YouTube. We are not there yet but another original recently resurfaced - a 1972 performance of Verano Porteño originally broadcast on Italian television.

The Italian TV program was called Senza Rete which according to Wikipedia existed from 1968 to 1977 and was broadcast from the Auditorium Rai in Naples. The program featured various solo performers accompanied by an orchestra rather than by their usual ensemble. The same Wikipedia article suggests the conductor of the orchestra at the time of this performance was Tony DeVita.

This blog is usually devoted to current YouTube postings, but I make an exception this time. This video was posted in October, 2008 but has received very few viewings. I suspect it has been overlooked due to the minimal keywords assigned to the video.

It is a very good performance of an important Piazzolla work.

If the video does not appear below, please click here.

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


  1. That arrangement of "Verano Porteno" is perhap the best version I have ever heard. Too bad it is not available on any recording.

  2. Yes, I think the same. It's very, very beatiful.