Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Just for Comparison

I don't often find time to write two blog entries in a single day but the opportunity to juxtapose JuNo's Bordel 1900 in full jazz swing against the somber but lyrical strings of the Romanian Orchestra Filarmonica di Arad, led by Roberto Salvalaio, playing Canto de octubre is too good to let pass. Such is the magic of Piazzolla. There are few, if any, composers who can provide such diverse and superb musical experiences. Piazzolla wrote Canto de octubre for his Quintet's May 26, 1965 performance in New York's Philharmonic Hall. To my knowledge, he never performed it again except to record it for the difficult to find album, Concierto de Tango en el Philharmonic Hall de New York (Polydor 20308).

I believe I have heard this exact arrangement before. It represents only a single theme from the original composition and while perfect enough to stand on its own quite well, I believe there still exists a substantial opportunity for a symphonic transcription of the whole work capturing the sections of rhythmic contrast, the soaring violin solo and the Gershwin like piano interlude. There is great untapped potential in this rarely heard Piazzolla gem.

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