Friday, April 16, 2010

Bandoneón - Bandini and Chiacchiaretta

Giampaolo Bandini and Cesare Chiacchiaretta capture your full attention when they play. Your mind will not wander since it is, figuratively, on the edge of the chair waiting for the next notes. Such is the sensitivity with which they play Piazzolla's music. They are among the most musical duos I have encountered on YouTube. Today's video features them playing Bandoneón from Suite Troileana.

Piazzolla originally performed the piece with his electronic octet (you can see it here) and it is remarkable that two instruments capture the essence of a piece composed for eight. The original starts with a lengthy bandoneón solo which is omitted in this performance, as it is in most. That is a shame, I would really like to hear Chiacchiaretta perform that solo. I believe he is one of very few contemporary bandoneónists who are capable of playing it well.

The duo has produced two CD's of Piazzolla's music, the more recent Luminosa Buenos Aires is readily available but you may have to search for the first CD, Hombres de tango. The good news is that you can see and hear some of their best work on this YouTube channel.

If the video does not appear below, click here.

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

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