Thursday, May 20, 2010

Adiós Nonino - Carel Kraayenhof

Today, a reminder of the elegance and beauty of Piazzolla's ultimate legacy to the history of music: a solo bandoneón performance of Adiós Nonino by Carel Kraayenhof. Kraayenhof is an important person in the world of Piazzolla. He is Dutch and a self-taught bandoneónist. He was selected by Piazzolla to play the bandoneón in the musical ensemble for Tango Apasionado, the short-lived but highly interesting musical production created by Piazzolla. He performed Adios Nonino for 55 million television viewers in the largest single viewed Piazzolla performance in history - at the wedding of Prince Willem-Alexander to Princess Máxima in February, 2002. The video of that performance remains one of the most viewed Piazzolla videos on YouTube.

The occasion for this video was the celebration of the 600th anniversary of the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. The church was the site of the wedding mentioned above and was also the place in which Queen Beatrix, the mother of Prince Willem-Alexander, was officially crowned Queen of the Netherlands in 1980. She was present for this performance also. The performance was only part of a much larger ceremony more of which can be seen in a video by Frank Buis, a celebrated celebrity spotting photographer from AT5.

This is an important video, copyrighted by Mr. Buis and AT5, that we are fortunate to be able to share. If it does not appear below, click here.

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

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