Today's featured video is a Piazzolla original performance which is new to YouTube. It is the first movement of the Suite Punta del Este which was composed in 1980 while Piazzolla was vacationing in a rented home in the Uruguayan beach resort of Punta del Este. According to the Azzi/Collier book, Le Grand Tango, the piece was inspired by Piazzolla's attendance to a concert in the Cathedral at Maldonaldo, the old city adjoining Punta del Este, and the piece was first performed in that Cathedral - not a typical Piazzolla venue - on March 2, 1980. Some critics view this as Piazzolla's most successful symphonic composition although his Concerto for Bandoneon and Orchestra is much more frequently performed.
The performance in this video is, I believe, from a November, 1980 concert at the Estadio Obras Sanitarias in Buenos Aires with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional under the baton of Simón Blech. While the video quality is not the best, it provides a rare opportunity to see Piazzolla in a symphonic setting.
The music may be familiar to some. The theme from this first movement of Suite Punta del Este was used very effectively in the sound track of the Brad Pitt movie, 12 Monkeys.
A thank you goes to Benjamin Szvalb of San Juan, Argentina for posting this video. If the video does not appear below, click here.
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