It is just a fragment, three-and-a-half minutes from a performance that lasted eight-and-a-half minutes, but an intriguing fragment. It's from a 1985 performance of Adios Nonino by Piazzolla with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège under the baton of Léo Brouwer. The sound from that concert has long been available in a recording titled, Hommage a Liege, but this is the first evidence I have seen that video also exists of that performance.
The performance was at the 5th International Guitar Festival of Liege which was held on March 15, 1985. The festival was founded and organized by famed guitarist, Guy Lukowski. I have read that it was for that festival that Lukowski created the idea for the Histoire du tango series which Piazzolla composed for flute and guitar. I have also read that Marc Grauwals created the idea. The truth is perhaps unknowable, but certainly, Lukowski and Marc Grauwals debuted the piece at the Festival. Interestingly, there are legal questions surrounding the long available Liege recording and Lukowski's website indicates that if you want to have the guaranteed, authentic, non-pirated version you need to download if directly from his website.
This video apparently originated on the Belgian TV network RTBF but I do not know if its use on YouTube was authorized. For a very short period, a related video fragment of Piazzolla and Cacho Tirao performing the Double Concierto for Bandoneon and Guitar was also posted but it was subsequently removed.
Hopefully, Mr. Lukowski, who evidently owns this video, will eventually issue a DVD of the entire 1985 concert at Liege. He has at least one anxious buyer right here.
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Note added 20 January, 2011: The fragment of the Double concerto for bandoneon and guitar has returned to YouTube and is embedded below. The poster of the video has told me that the videos have been posted with the permission of RTBF who hold rights to the video of the full concert.
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