La Camorra is the finale for Piazzolla's quintet music. Most of the jewels crafted by Piazzolla were for his preferred quintet format: bandoneón, violin, electric guitar, piano and contrabass. Almost all of the Piazzolla works we enjoy on YouTube, whether heard in classical, jazz, pop or nuevo tango format, began life in such a quintet. La Camorra was the last piece he wrote for quintet. It is an important work reflecting both the history of tango and Piazzolla's contributions to the language of nuevo tango. It has three movements. You will see part of the first movement in today's video. I am convinced that it is one of his most important works and somewhat mystified by it's total absence in the repertoire of the 21st century musical world. It certainly deserves more attention than it has received to-date.
The performance in today's video is, unfortunately, but a fragment. It is a performance of La Camorra I, but the first two and a half minutes are missing and the last two minutes are missing. It is, nevertheless, the first and only performance of any portion of La Camorra on YouTube and is a very important contribution. The musicians look familiar - I believe they are part of the Novosibirsk Pops whose performance of Milonga for three was featured in this blog in late August. They call themselves Ensemble Expressione and they are Roman Chubich - violin, Pavel Dashkin - cello, Mikhail Peresipkin - accordion, and Vasily Mironov - piano. The performance is spirited and enjoyable. There are places where I think they missed an opportunity to kindle more memories of traditional tango but, overall, I salute the musicians and cheer them for their performance. You may note the vocalization at roughly one and a half minutes into the video - they aren't making that up, it is in Piazzolla's original recording of La Camorra and presumably in the score (this may be a singularity in Piazzolla's music). I don't think the music fall at three and a half minutes is in the score but it was handled with good humor.
The world needs more La Camorra (the music, that is, not the quarrels) but this is a start. If the Ensemble Expressione have videoed more of La Camorra, I urge them to share it on YouTube.
You will note the aspect ratio of the video has a problem - try to ignore that and focus on the music.
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