Sunday, April 25, 2010

Resurrección del ángel - Kreativ Ensemble

Resurrección del ángel was probably composed as incidental music for Alberto Rodriguez Muñoz's 1962 stage play Tango del Angel. It first appeared on a Piazzolla recording in 1965 along with Milonga del ángel which was definitely written for the Muñoz play. It is rarely heard - there were only six performances of Resurrección posted on YouTube in the last twelve months vs. 106 for Milonga. It deserves to be more widely performed.

The performance of Resurrección del ángel in today's video is by the Kreativ Ensemble joined by Federico Mondelci on saxophone and Omar Lonati on contrabass. Mondelci appears from the shadows to cover a bandoneón solo and then disappears for the rest of the piece. Mondelci is known for his arrangements of Piazzolla and if this arrangement is his, it is excellent. With no piano, bandoneón or electric guitar in the ensemble, creating an arrangement which still captures the essence of the original was a challenge, and a challenge well met in this case.

There is one other highlight in the video that deserves mention and that is the superb violin work of Sonia Domoustchieva. She has captured perfectly all of the emotion in Piazzolla's original. If we had a time transport machine, Ms Domoustchieva is one of very few contemporary violinists who could replace Antonio Agri or Fernando Suarez Paz in the quintet and instantly be accepted. You can sample Suarez Paz's take on Resurrección in this video.

This video is one of a series of Piazzolla performances that the Kreativ Ensemble did, several with Mondelci. You can find them all on the Arkovi YouTube Channel.

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