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Composer Astor Piazzolla
Performer ESCUALO5
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-2605 SACD
EAN 7318599926056
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Dec 2021
Total time 75'10

With his tango nuevo, Astor Piazzolla has been welcomed into the world of classical music in a way that no other ‘non-classical’ composer has experienced. His music is played in concert halls around the world, and has been arranged for the most varied forces: symphony orchestra, string quartet, brass ensemble, mandolin orchestra, harpsichord… Taking their name from Piazzolla’s Escualo (‘Shark’), written in 1979 for his Quinteto Tango Nuevo, the five musicians that make up ESCUALO5 have a different &&&approach, replicating the formation that Piazzolla performed with for much of his career: bandoneon, violin, piano, guitar and double bass.

The aim isn’t to recreate Piazzolla’s own performances, however – based in Munich but hailing from respectively Brazil, Germany, Greece and Belarus, the members are soloists in their own right, bringing their individual talents as improvisers and arrangers to the recordings. The programme that ESCUALO5 have devised for their first album includes some much-loved as well as less familiar pieces for the quintet setup – Primavera Porteña, Soledad, Adiós Nonino, Fracanapa – as well as arrangements of Tango Suite and Histoire du Tango, originally for two guitars and flute and guitar, respectively.
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  Astor Piazzolla
01 Primavera Porteña 5'14
02 Soledad 7'06
  Tango Suite 14'46
03 Tango No. 1 4'23
04 Tango No. 2 4'08
05 Tango No. 3 6'15
06 Bandoneón, Guitarra y Bajo 4'18
07 Adiós Nonino  8'31
08 Fracanapa 3'18
  Histoire du Tango 18'55
09 Bordel 1900 3'55
10 Café 1930 6'51
11 Nightclub 1960 5'19
12 Concert d’aujourd’hui 2'50
13 Contrabajísimo  11'40
  Album total 75'10
ComposerPiazzolla, Astor
ViolinKeramidis, Iason
AccordionKuralionok, Alexander
GuitarHalász, Franz
PianoHalász, Débora
Double bassStubenrauch, Philipp

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