Monday, September 28, 2009

Tango Suite - Deciso

Today's video features two young guitarists from Qingdao, China: Wang Yameng and Su Meng. They are both award winning guitarists and both made a weekly long commute to Beijing to study under the famous Prof. Chen Zhi starting at the age of nine or ten. Additional biographical information on all three can be found on the Alma guitar site. They are playing the first movement, Deciso, of the three movement Tango Suite. This is a staple of the duo guitar community but few play it with the combined speed and accuracy exhibited in today's video.

The suite was written 1n 1984 for the young Brazilian brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad who impressed Piazzolla when he was introduced to their playing in Paris a year earlier. The Assad brothers recorded the full suite in a CD that every Piazzolla fan should own: Sérgio & Odair Assad Play Piazzolla. While there is not a video available of the Assad's playing the Deciso movement, you can listen to the Assad's playing it here. Just listening and comparing the last twenty seconds of the two versions is instructive. Professor Zhi's students play the ending with heat; the Assad brothers, with fire and smoke.

It is not possible to tell for sure but I think all three movements of Tango Suite played by Wang Yameng and Su Meng may exist on a Korean DVD available from Alma Guitars.

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