7 Feb 2019

PIAZZOLLA arr Crabb: Trad. Tango Suite

From Music Alive, 9:30 pm on 7 February 2019
Astor Piazzolla in concert

Astor Piazzolla in concert Photo: Richard Melloul—Sygma/Corbis

'SVP', 'Tzigane' and 'Preparense' are three tangos written in Paris, Astor Piazzolla's second home.

Writing traditional tangos was far from his artistic vision but the fact that the tango was still fashionable in Paris in the late 1950's, as well as Piazzolla's need to survive and his gratitude to the French people for welcoming his art with open arms, all seem plausible reasons for composing these small gems. 

Piazzolla always acknowledged and respected the roots of tango, but at the same time he was driven to develop and infuse new ideas into the genre. (Notes: James Crabb)

Recorded in Nelson Centre of Musical Arts by RNZ

Sound engineer: Darryl Stack