Friday, May 21, 2010

Nightclub 1960 - Andy Miles and Orchestra

This blog recently marveled at the various instrumental combinations that have interpreted the four movements of Piazzolla's Histoire du tango which were originally composed for flute and guitar. At the risk of repetition, today's video features another unusual combination: clarinet and full orchestra. The clarinet is that of Andy Miles and the orchestra is the well known Cologne Rundfunkorchester, in this case conducted by Klaus Sallmann.

Miles is one of those amazing musicians who moves easily from jazz to classical to tango (and from clarinet to saxophone to Irish tinwhistle). His repertoire includes quite a bit of Piazzolla so he must be a fan. I have admired his Histoire performances with string quartet (you can view one here) and he does not disappoint in today's video. His interpretation leans more towards jazz than classical which provides a very nice contrast with the orchestral half of the duet. But, the thing which really stands out in the video is the orchestral arrangement of the guitar part. The arrangement is uncredited in the video but it is outstanding. Admittedly, it is a bit more Mussorgsky than canyengue but what a great sound. I certainly hope similar arrangements of the other three movements of the Histoire are available and will eventually show up on a recording or on YouTube.

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