Friday, July 24, 2009

What's New with Mozart and Piazzolla

Yesterday, it was announced that two new works by Mozart have been discovered in Austria. Yesterday, I discovered a new (to me anyway) "bootleg" recording of a concert Piazzolla gave at the Auditorio Juan Victoria in San Juan, Argentina sometime in the 1980's. Today's featured "video" (actually, it is audio only) is an unusual version of Milonga del ángel from that "bootleg." It's unusual because the Quintet has a rough start. You will hear Piazzolla mutter "Está mal eso" and hear an angry dissonant chord before the quintet finally finds their groove after ten seconds of trying.

The "video" was posted by Benjamin Szvalb who is from San Juan - the site of the recording. Szvalb is familiar to YouTube tango fans. He is a young bandoneónist who has shared his own playing and his collection of rare tango recordings for several years on YouTube. He is also a civil engineering student and restorer of bandoneóns. While new to me, it turns out that more serious Piazzollistas have had this "bootleg" for years but I thank Benjamin for making it more broadly available.

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

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