Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Suite Punta Del Este - Coral and Fuga

As a follow-up to yesterday's blog on the first movement of Piazzolla's Suite Punta del Este, the remaining two movements of this work have now appeared on YouTube and are featured today.

The second movement is titled Coral. The Azzi/Collier book, Le Grand Tango, quotes Piazzolla as saying, "I imagine Bach playing it." I think you will find that an understandable statement upon watching the video. The third movement is titled Fuga and is a good example Piazzolla's mastery of the fugue format as he moves a variation of the opening movement theme from bandoneon to the strings to the woodwinds. Unlike some of Piazzolla's other symphonic works, I find the ending for Suite Punta del Este to be appropriate and satisfying.

You may also wish to view an interview with Piazzolla and Simón Blech which preceded the concert performance in these videos.

If the video does not appear below, click here for the Coral and here for the Fuga.

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


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