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Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango - Katona Twins

Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango - Katona Twins

Channel Classics  CCS SA 19804

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Instrumental


Astor Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango

Katona Twins

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Review by John Broggio - January 14, 2009

A wonderful disc of some of the best duo playing (guitar or otherwise) that one could wish to hear.

Apart from the central Tango Suite, all the works here have been arranged by the Katona Twins. Most feature the Carducci String Quartet and Daniel Storer on double-bass but there is also a guest appearance by Alfredo Marcucci on the bandoneón. All protagonists play with a real vigour and passion that makes one convinced that all the pieces were written for the duo (and friends).

Whilst this music does not have the sophistication of say a Mozart sonata, it is far removed from the transient, disposable world of what is dubbed "pop culture". Much of the music is very enjoyable and memorable indeed and has an poignantly anguished element that is unusual in "lighter" fare. Having visited Buenos Aires, it is remarkable how adeptly that Piazzola captures the sole of the city and perhaps more remarkable how well these Hungarian guitarists and British string players (Marcucci is of course a native of Buenos Aires) reflect the style of playing of the tango in this great metropolis. It is all to easy to find oneself tapping along (crudely!) to the seductive rhythms...

The engineering from Channel Classics is absolutely first-rate. The scale is absolutely perfect and one can imagine reaching out and handing the players refreshments in the hope that the recital would continue some more - sadly, one is bought back to reality after nearly an hour of pure escapist bliss.

Highly enjoyable and recommended enthusiastically.

Copyright © 2009 John Broggio and HRAudio.net

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