Friday, January 8, 2010

Two To Watch

If you haven't found time to watch any Piazzolla this year, the two videos featured today are a good place to start. All of the musicians in these videos have appeared in this blog before: Mario Parmisano as a pianist with Al Dimeola and Misha Rachlevsky with the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin in Russian Seasons. Parmisano is perhaps the leading jazz pianist in the Piazzolla world. Rachlevsky and Chamber Orchestra Kremlin are one of the leading chamber orchestras in the Piazzolla world. Somewhere in Moscow, perhaps in the Argentine embassy, lives a genius who had the idea of bringing the two together. The result was a December 10th concert at the Cultural Center of GlavUpDK in Moscow - highlights of which appear in today's two videos.

Both videos feature samples from the concert - sometimes just a few minutes of a piece, sometimes essentially the whole piece. Highlights for me included Parmisano and his trio playing Tango Suite No. 3 and the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin plus Parmisano playing Michelangelo 70, Chiquilin de bachin and Libertango. The arrangements are excellent although I would agree with those who say that some of the raw tango energy has been lost. That loss is more than made up in the beauty of the music.

If you live in the right part of the world, you will find a new recording, Remembering Astor, by Parmisano's trio and a Vivaldi/Piazzolla Four Seasons recording by the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin. Otherwise, you will have to be satisfied with these videos unless a CD or DVD from the concert is forthcoming - this fan certainly hopes that is the case.

If the videos do not appear below, click here for part 1 and here for part 2.

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

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