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Hommage a Piazzolla: The Complete Astor Piazzolla Recordings (8CD)

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Nonesuch Records presents violinist Gidon Kremer's Hommage à Piazzolla: The Complete Astor Piazzolla Recordings. The eight-disc box set brings Kremer's six previously released recordings of the Argentine composer's music together for the first time, including four Nonesuch releases-Hommage à Piazzolla (1996), El Tango (1997), Eight Seasons (2000), and Tracing Astor (2001)-and two that were released by Teldec-the opera María de Buenos Aires (1998, two CDs) and Tango Ballet (1999). The set's seventh album, which is being released for the first time, features a 14-song live recording from the CBC's Glenn Gould Studio from 1997; composer and fellow Argentine Osvaldo Golijov has written liner notes for this new disc.

Composer, arranger, and bandoneón virtuoso Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) was inspired by American jazz and concert music to revolutionize the Argentine tango in the years after World War II. "For me," he once said, "tango was always for the ear rather than the feet." His "nuevo tango," with its intense melancholy and harmonic and rhythmic innovations, enraged traditionalists but became influential among musicians and fans around the globe.

Upon their release, the classical violinist Kremer's recordings of Piazzolla's work (which was thought of as "popular" music) were critically acclaimed, with Hommage à Piazzolla achieving pop sales levels in many countries, and concerts by Kremer and his tango ensemble selling out around the world. USA Today said, "Latin melancholy meets [Latvian] violinist Gidon Kremer's restless, nervous temperament and wiry tone, giving the music an extra psychological tension, as well as some eccentric flights of improvisation. Wonderfully haunting," and the Philadelphia Inquirer said, "Kremer ... has a temperament as sweetly adventurous as a child's and at times as doleful. Doleful is the word for much of this accomplished if whimsically arranged music. Doleful, earnest and fascinatingly performed." Guest musicians in these recordings include Caetano Veloso, Milva, Horacio Ferrer, Julia Zenko, Jairo, the Astor Quartet, and Kremerata Baltica.

Kremer says of Piazzolla, whose work he has championed for nearly two decades: "You can sense through his music an experience that makes you at the same time joyful and sad. And saying these two words, ‘joyful' and ‘sad,' I could say as well that the striking combination of two extreme emotions go together like they go in Franz Schubert's music, in Astor's music. I know very few composers where you can feel it in such a passionate way."

Composer John Adams, in his liner notes for Kremer's first record of the Argentine's work, said that Piazzolla's "harmonic sequences have a sense of inevitability in the way they pull inexorably toward the cadence, and it is the core of Piazzolla's art to arrange-or try to postpone-these arrivals in the most wrenchingly bittersweet of ways. It is as much as saying that you have finally arrived home, but home is no longer the same. Your house has been razed, and strangers now live in the neighborhood where you once played as a child."

TRACKS
Disc: 1
1. Milonga en re
2. Vardarito
3. Oblivion
4. Escualo
5. Cafe 1930 (from Histoire du Tango)
6. Concierto para quinteto
7. Soledad
8. Buenos Aires hora cero
9. Celos
10. El sol sue?o (Hommage a Astor Piazzolla)
11. Le grand tango

Disc: 2
1. Revirado
2. Pachouli
3. Preludio para el ano 3001 (Rinascero)
4. My Happiness
5. El Tango
6. Instead of a Tango
7. Decarissimo
8. Los Mareados - By Giodn Kremer
9. Che Tango Che
10. Milonga per tre
11. Michelangelo 70

Disc: 3
1. Allegro - Giant e la Primavera...*
2. Largo - E quindi sui fiorito ameno prato...*
3. Allegro - Danza Pastorale. Di pastoral zampogna al suon festante...*
4. Verano Porteño
5. Allegro non molto - Sotto dura staggion dal sole access...*
6. Adagio - Toglie alle membra lasse il suo riposo...*
7. Presto - Tempo impetuoso e' estate. Ah che pur troppo i suoi timor son veri...*
8. Otono porteno - By Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica
9. Allegro - Celebra il Vilanle con balli e Canti...*
10. Adagio Molto - Fa ch' ognuno tralasci e balli e canti...*
11. Allegro - La Caccia. I cacciator alla nov' alba a caccia...*
12. Invierno porteno - By Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica
13. Allegro non molto - Agghiacciato tremar tra nevi algenti...*
14. Largo - Passar al foco i di quieti contenti...*
15. Allegro - Camminar sopra il ghiaccio...*
16. Primavera portena - By Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica

Disc: 4
1. La Calle 92
2. Tango Etudes, 1
3. Tango Etudes, 2
4. Tango Etudes, 3
5. Chiquilin de Bachin
6. Rio Sena
7. Tango Etudes, 4
8. Tango Etudes, 5
9. Tango Etudes, 6
10. Violoncelles, Vibrez!
11. Milonga sin Palabras
12. Tracing Astor
13. All in the Past (Remembering Oskar Strock)

Disc: 5
1. Titulos - Tango Ballet
2. La Calle - Tango Ballet
3. Encuentro - Olvido
4. Cabaret - Tango Ballet
5. Soledad - Tango Ballet
6. La Calle - Tango Ballet
7. Concierto del Angel : I Introducción al Angel
8. Milonga del Angel - Concierto del Angel
9. La muerte del Angel - Concierto del Angel
10. Resurrección del Angel - Concierto del Angel
11. Preludio: Lento - Tres Piezas Para Orquesta de Camara
12. Fuga: Allegro - Tres Piezas Para Orquesta de Camara
13. Divertimento: Allegro molto - Tres Piezas Para Orquesta de Camara

Disc: 6
1. Alevare - María de Buenos Aires
2. Tema de María - María de Buenos Aires
3. Balada Renga para un Organito - María de Buenos Aires
4. Yo soy María - María de Buenos Aires
5. Milonga Carrieguera Por la Nina María - María de Buenos Aires
6. Fuga y Misterio - María de Buenos Aires
7. Poema Valseado - María de Buenos Aires
8. Toccata Rea - María de Buenos Aires
9. Misere Canyengue de los Ladrones Antiguos en las Alcantarillas - María de Buenos Aires

Disc: 7
1. Contramilonga a la Funerala por la Primera Muerte de María - María de Buenos Aires
2. Tangata del Alba - María de Buenos Aires
3. Carta a los Árboles y al las Chimeneas - María de Buenos Aires
4. Aria de los Analistas - María de Buenos Aires
5. Romanza del Duende Poeta y Curda - María de Buenos Aires
6. Allegro Tangabile - María de Buenos Aires
7. Milonga de la Anunciación - María de Buenos Aires
8. Tangus Dei - María de Buenos Aires

Disc: 8
1. Tango Étude No. 4 - By Gidon Kremer / Astor Quartet
2. Los Mareados - By Gidon Kremer / Astor Quartet
3. Concert d'ujourd'hui - By Gidon Kremer / Astor Quartet
4. Vardarito - By Gidon Kremer / Astor Quartet
5. Decarissimo - By Gidon Kremer / Astor Quartet
6. Escualo - By Gidon Kremer / Astor Quartet
7. Jeanne y Paul - By Gidon Kremer / Astor Quartet
8. My Happiness - By Gidon Kremer / Astor Quartet
9. Invierno porteno [Winter In Buenos Aires] - By Gidon Kremer / Astor Quartet
10. Le Grand Tango - By Gidon Kremer / Astor Quartet
11. Michelangelo - By Gidon Kremer / Astor Quartet
12. Instead Of ATango - By Gidon Kremer / Astor Quartet
13. Muerte del Angel - By Gidon Kremer / Astor Quartet
14. Buenos Aires Hora Cero - By Gidon Kremer / Astor Quartet