Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tanguango - Early Piazzolla in Serbia

You will find both Piazzolla and Vivaldi in today's video. Both played by an accordion equipped chamber orchestra from a music school in Subotica, Serbia. The Piazzolla piece, Tanguango, is rarely played. It is very early Piazzolla - written in 1951 for Anibal Troilo's orchestra. Today, it sounds like traditional tango but according to the Azzi/Collier book, Le Grand Tango, it was avant garde enough at the time to be controversial when it was played to audience expecting standard fare.

If you listen to the Vivaldi that makes up the last two-thirds of this video, you will hear a quite accomplished chamber orchestra. If you listen to the Piazzolla, you hear (almost) an orquesta tipica. They do a remarkable job of capturing the phrasing and rhythm that I suspect would have been heard if Troilo's orquesta tipica were playing it. You could dance a tango to this performance. You may also note that the orchestra plays without music. It is not unusual to see soloists play from memory but rarely do you see a full chamber group go music-less for this length of time. These young musicians are truly outstanding. Orchestra artistic director Mária Megyeri is to be congratulated for their development. Their talents have not gone unrecognized: the text with the video (and the aid of Google Translator) indicate they won first prize at the Seventh Festival of Strings at Sremska Mitrovica. Note also the recognition of each musician with a photo at the end of the video. A classy touch to a very classy performance.

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