Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Real Oblivion?

Today's video took me by complete surprise. Oblivion is the second or third most popular Piazzolla performance video (essentially tied with Adios nonino) and I have been known to dismiss it as "movie music." But, I am going to have to reconsider my views. Russian born Vladimir Sidorov has found a depth in this music that others have missed and listening to his version is almost a mystical or religious experience. Sidorov's instrument, the Bayan - a Russian chromatic accordion, represents perhaps the ultimate evolution of the accordion and in his hands (or in the hands of similarly talented Lidia Kaminska) offers as much expressionistic potential as the bandoneón in Piazzolla's hands.

Sidorov also offers a bravura performance of Libertango on YouTube which is worth watching but it is not an opinion changer. Several CD's of Sidorov performances are available.

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