Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Swingle Singing

Today's video, a choral performance of Primavera Porteña by the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela under the direction of María Guinand, is the best example I have seen of "Swingle Singing" applied to the music of Astor Piazzolla. Not quite a capella since there is a piano accompaniment, this is still a performance of which the famed Swingle Singers would be proud.

Actually, comparing Schola Cantorum de Venezuela (formerly known as the Schola Cantorum de Caracas) is not quite fair. SCV is a serious and well known choral group which has toured the world and recorded for labels such as Nonesuch and Deutsche Grammophone. They recently premiered and recorded Osvaldo Golijov's La pasión según San Marcos. While that work shows that SCV can handle a contemporary choral challenge, today's video shows they can also produce beautiful music from Piazzolla's nuevo tango of yesterday.

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