Thursday, March 18, 2010

Artisane - Roberto Capocchi

In 1983, Piazzolla in collaboration with accordionist/bandoneónist Richard Galliano wrote accompanying music for a production of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream staged by Jorge Lavelli at the Comédie Française. Piazzolla never recorded the music although Galliano did in the 2003 release, El Sueno de una Noche de Verano. Curiously, the music from this production is probably better known to students of piano and guitar than to most fans of Piazzolla's music. This is the result of the publication of parts of the score from the production in a variety of formats, including piano and guitar.

In today's video, Roberto Capocchi provides the first ever YouTube performance of the Artisane from Midsummer Night's Dream. Capocchi included Artisane as an encore after a concert presented at GiG Performance Space in Santa Fe, New Mexico on January 15th of this year. It is a brief piece, presumably announcing the appearance of one of the artisans who are putting on the play, Pyramus and Thisbe, within the play, Midsummer Night's Dream. It's not going to make any lists of "most frequently played" Piazzolla works but it makes a nice little encore piece.

Capocchi is a very talented young guitarist with a nice touch and a sense of rhythm that promises a rewarding future relationship with the music of Astor Piazzolla. I note in his website that a future recording project will include music of Piazzolla so that promise will hopefully be fulfilled. Meanwhile, I highly recommend the investment of some of your time listening to the many mp3's posted on his website. Don't miss his performance of Capricho Arabe - you will find it in the Spanish music mp3 section.

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

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