Saturday, February 13, 2010

Michelangelo 70 - New Piazzolla Video

Thanks to Hugo Omar Viggiano, there is a new video of Piazzolla performing Michelangelo 70 with the quintet in Lisbon, Portugal. Although this video may have appeared previously elsewhere on the web, I believe it is a first appearance on YouTube and it is the first time I seen it. The video is not dated but probably was made in 1982. The Azzi/Collier book, Le Grand Tango, report that Piazzolla's first visit to Portugal was made in 1982 - he was generously received and the Lisbon audience demanded five encores after the quintet's performance.

Michelangelo 70 was written in 1969 or 70 to honor the move of a favorite performance venue, the Michelangelo, to a new location in San Telmo. Although it did not appear on a recording until 1986 in Tango: Zero Hour, it was apparently a favorite of Piazzolla's since he frequently performed it - particularly for jazz audiences. Fittingly, most cover performances today are by jazz groups rather than classical groups.

In addition to the performance videos, there was also posted a video of Piazzolla addressing the Portuguese audience and a television interview with Piazzolla associated with the visit to Lisbon. All three videos apparently come from a Rádio Televisão Portuguesa (RTP) documentary.

If the video does not appear below, click here.

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

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