Sunday, April 26, 2009

Is it Escolaso or Mozart?

In 1975, Piazzolla wrote Suite Troileana to honor his early mentor, Anibal Troilo. Each of the four movements represents a key interest in Troilo's life: Bandoneón, Zita (his wife), Whiskey, and Escolaso (gambling). Piazzolla recorded the suite once and played Zita frequently in concert. Escolaso kind of disppeared - seen occasionally in guitar arrangements. But someone has rediscovered it and created the marvelously Mozartian arrangement for bassoon and chamber orchestra that is featured today. While it bears little resemblence to the original in spirit, the musicality inherent in the original comes through strongly. I had no idea Escolaso would work so well in classical format.

The bassoonist in the video is a talented,young, Latvian, Lauma Tuča. Unfortunately, there is no information on the arranger of the piece or the chamber orchestra. If I can get additional information from the person posting the video (who appears to be the bassoonist), I will edit this posting to include it.

If the video does not appear below, click here.

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

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