Friday, July 10, 2009

Is It Sacha or Sasha?

I doubt if Sacha Cohen, the actor, has ever heard of Piazzolla but I am confidant that Sasha Cohen, the Olympic Silver Medal winning ice skater has. If fact, it would not surprise me to learn that more professional level ice skaters than professional level musicians know Piazzolla as a composer. His music is very popular as accompaniment to "short and long program" competitive skating and ice dancing competitions although the choice of composition seems limited to Libertango, Oblivion or Adios nonino. Today's video of Adios nonino is not a performance video, the usual topic of this blog. It is rather, a preview (a teaser) of the "short program" music that Sasha Cohen plans to use in the upcoming 2009-2010 season. One can easily imagine the double axels, the triple loop jumps and the flying camel spins appearing as the music goes from a booming, heavily brass-enabled orchestra, to the quiet reflective moments of the delicate bandoneon/piano duet, to the lush strings leading to the Beethoven-9th-Symphony-Freude-Schöner-esque choral climax. There must be lots of money in this ice skating game to afford to commission a performance like this.

If you like your Piazzolla over-the-top, this is the performance for you.

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