Thursday, August 6, 2009

You Can Smell The Coffee

In a previous blog, a pair of fine musicians were accused of perverting Café 1930. In fact, I accused all performers of not evoking the spirit of tango in a 1930 San Telmo café in the piece. Today's feature is getting close. I can't see the tango but I can smell the coffee and see the lovers, quarrels and all, in this wonderful performance by Rubén Darío Reina on violín and Alessio Nebiolo on guitar. The performance was videoed on July 4, 2009 in the cathedral in Coria, Spain.

This piece was written originally for flute and guitar but the violin works so well here, it is hard to believe that it was not written for that instrument. It is the emotional content that makes this performance special and it would be difficult to duplicate on the flute. Even the overanxious audience and the occasional blip on the violin do not spoil the picture these two wonderful artists create.

This is my new favorite Café 1930.

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