Friday, July 2, 2010

Vuelvo al Sur - Let's Tango

What, no seagulls? The sound of Koop's remix of Vuelvo al sur is so pervasive on YouTube that it is almost a surprise to find the song without an upbeat drum track and the sound of seagulls. That perverted (but entertaining) version is a favorite of folks looking for an upbeat tune to put behind the slide show of their trip to the islands. But from an unexpected place, Doha, the capital city of Qatar, comes a very sensitive and smooth version of this classic from Piazzolla with lyrics by famed film director Fernando “Pino” Solanas. The performance is by Let's Tango, also known as the Doha Tango Trio, comprised of Patrizia Döringer on violin, Christoph Schmitz on cello and Joris Laenen on piano with vocals provided by Paz, a guest singer from Buenos Aires. Members of the trio are also all members of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra which explains the high quality of their performance but not their interest in the music of tango - that remains a mystery. The video is one of a set of six which can be seen on the Dohatango YouTube channel and is related to highly praised concert given in Doha in February of this year. For an overview, I particularly recommend the Cool Intro video. If these videos are not part of upcoming CD/DVD release, they should be. The group is good.

The composition is from the score for the Solanas film, Sur, which won Solanas the award as Best Director at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival. Piazzolla also wrote the score for Solanas famous movie, Tangos: L'exile de Gardel and two compositions for his movie, El viaje. Piazzolla's original recording with vocals by Roberto Goyeneche can be found on the CD, Tanguedia de Amor and heard on this YouTube video.

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

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