Tuesday, September 14, 2010

August, 2010 Review of Piazzolla Videos

There were 678 videos of Piazzolla’s music posted on YouTube in the month of August, 2010, an increase of 40% over August, 2009. 427 (63%) of the videos were performance videos featuring live performances. The others were videos which used Piazzolla’s music as a sound track for dancing or photo/video montages. I highlighted my journey through these many videos in this blog.

Forty-four percent of the performance videos were in the classical mode, 16% in jazz, 17% in nuevo tango and 23% in pop.

Here are the most frequently performed pieces this month (Libertango was the most frequently played – 33% of the total; the others follow in order):

1. Libertango
2. Oblivion
3. Adios Nonino
4. Histoire du tango - Cafè 1930
5. Histoire du tango - Bordel 1900
6. Milonga del angel
7. La muerte del angel
8. Escualo
9. Histoire du tango - Nightclub 1960
10. Invierno Porteño and Tango Suite (tie)

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

The performance videos came from 55 different countries. Argentina posted the most videos: 76. The top ten posting countries are listed in order here:

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

There were nine Piazzolla original performances posted. All have been previously posted.

Quality of performance varied from excellent to bizarre. My choice for best of the month is the performance by the Berlin quartet, Vibratanghissimo, of Buenos Aires Hora Cero. If that video does not appear below, click here.

The choice for most bizarre this month is a dance version of Libertango from Israel. If that video does not appear below, click here.

I have put a table with links to all 678 videos as well as some more information on the videos on the August, 2010 link in my Piazzolla on Video website.

Best Video of the Month

Most Bizarre Video of the Month

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