Monday, March 23, 2009

Piazzolla in Australia

Australia has many fine musicians but until this video appeared, I must admit I was unaware of Cathie Travers and her interpretations of Piazzolla. As you can see in today's video, Travers is a very fine accordionist but she is also a noted composer in a variety of genres ranging from rock to symphonic and including tango. Her tango sensibilities are very apparent in Preludio 9 which she performs here with Perth's Juniper Chamber Orchestra. The September 16, 2008 concert at which this video was made included two other Piazzolla works, Oblivion and Tanguedia, as well as a tango written by Ms. Travers. All of the Piazzolla is very well done (and viewable through the links above) but Preludio 9 works particularly well for a small chamber orchestra. Piazzolla wrote the piece for his Conjunto 9 which with its five string players was as close to a chamber orchestra as he ever got. The Conjunto 9's original version of Preludio 9 is available in a recent CD reissue.

Many thanks to the musicians of Western Australia for this video.

If the video does not appear below, click here.

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

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