Thursday, June 10, 2010

May 2010 Review of Piazzolla Videos

There were 711 videos of Piazzolla’s music posted on YouTube in the month of May, 2010, an increase of 46% over May, 2009. 515 (72%) of the videos were performance videos featuring live performances. The others were videos which used Piazzolla’s music as a sound track for photo or video montages. I highlighted my journey through these many videos in this blog.

Forty-three percent of the performance videos were in the classical mode, 17% in tango nuevo, 24% in pop and 16% in jazz.

Here are the most frequently performed pieces this month (Libertango was the most frequently played – 30% of the total; the others follow in order):

1. Libertango
2. Oblivion
3. Adios Nonino
4. Verano Porteño
5. Invierno Porteño
6. Primavera Porteña
7. Otoño Porteño
8. Histoire du tango - Nightclub 1960
9. Balada para un loco
10. Tango etudes

The top three on this list seem to be fairly stable month-to-month but the bottom seven change every month. Eighty-seven different compositions were covered in the videos this month.

The performance videos came from 53 different countries. Argentina posted the most videos: 69. The top ten posting countries are listed in order here:

1. Argentina
2. USA
3. Italy
4. Russia
5. Spain
6. Japan
7. Brazil
8. Germany
9. France
10. Netherlands

There were eleven Piazzolla original performances posted and they all had been previously posted.

Quality of performance varied from excellent to bizarre. My choice for best of the month is the performance of Yo soy Maria by Julia Zenko and Gidon Kremer's Kremerata Musica. If the video does not appear below, click here.

The choice for most bizarre this month is a video of Libertango being performed by a solo laugher. If the video does not appear below, click here.

I have put a table with links to all 711 videos as well as some more information on the videos on the May, 2010 link in my Piazzolla on Video website.

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