Monday, May 10, 2010

Weidman - Jérôme Pradon

In 1982, Piazzolla provided the music for a rock extravaganza created by Pierre Phillippe and Jean Guidoni. According to the Azzi/Collier book, Le Grand Tango, Piazzolla even played the bandoneón part at the opening which was held at the Bouffe du Nord in Paris. While the production was not a critical success, a recording, Crime passionnel, was produced by Guidoni (apparently without Piazzolla on the bandoneón) and released in Europe. The music from this production is among the least heard of Piazzolla compositions. You have the opportunity to hear one of the songs, Weidman, in today's video.

Other than the Guidoni recording, the production disappeared until August of 2001 when the versatile and talented actor Jérôme Pradon brought a production to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A CD, Crime of Passion, from that production is still available, at least in the UK and Pradon still performs pieces from the production including the performance with pianist, Patrick Laviosa in today's video.

I am not familiar with all of the music in Crime Passionnel. Weidman does not sound like something Piazzolla would write although at least one other piece, Qui crie, is very clearly a Piazzolla composition - you can hear it at this website. You will find a photo of Piazzolla, Guidoni and Philippe at the same site. If the topic of this rather obscure production intrigues you, you need to visit this cult site which includes a plot summary explaining the title of the song, Weidman.

If the video does not appear below, click here.

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

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