Saturday, March 7, 2009

Alienación - A Rare Gem

Alienación is a rarely heard Piazzolla composition. According to Bardoblog, it was originally written in 1981 for Piano and voice (baritone) and left, unperformed, in a drawer at Piazzolla promoter Aldo Pagani's office in Rome until it was found by guitarist Rob Bangert of the group Quinteto Bailongo. That group recorded it on a CD, Tiempos viejos, in 1997. You can hear their version sung very well by Fabián Russo and read the lyrics (written by Francisco Bagalá) at Bardoblog. There are perhaps other recordings of Alienación but none that I know of until . . .

Maria Estela Monti recorded it for a new CD, Solo Piazzolla, and released this excellent video created by Gustavo Fernandez. The CD is not yet available in the U.S. nor is it available on iTunes although most of Ms. Monti's work is available there. Let's hope Alienación gets there soon.

If the video does not appear below, click here.

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

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