Magazine article Gramophone

Dances by Piazzolla et Al Arranged for Violin and Guitar

Magazine article Gramophone

Dances by Piazzolla et Al Arranged for Violin and Guitar

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'Histoire du Tango' Falla Siete Canciones populares espanolas--No 1, El pano moruno; No 3, Asturiana; No 4, Jota; No 5, Nana; No 7, Polo Paganini Moses-Fantasie. Sonata concertata, MS2 Piazzolla Histoire du Tango Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Op 20 Augustin Hadelich vn Pablo Sainz Villegasgtr Avie (F) AV2280 (60' * DDD)

Popular dance is the connecting thread in Augustin Hadelich's latest recital disc (his third) for Avie, coupling Argentinian tango, Flamenco and gypsy dances with three virtuoso works by Paganini. The result is a bit of a mixed bag but Hadelich's refinement and excitement carry one through these very diverse works.

And it is a curious journey, starting in a Buenos Aires bordello c1900 in the first movement of Piazzolla's titular suite (originally written for flute but, like Prokofiev's Second Sonata on a previous disc, played here on violin). Histoire du Tango then moves forward in 30-year jumps via a 1930s cafe and 1960s nightclub to the concluding 'Concert d'aujourd'hui', as pertinent to today as to the intended 1990. Falla's Popular Spanish Songs (only five of the seven are given here) have their roots in Spain's Moorish past, and the combination of laments, lullaby and love songs is as dramatic in Paul Kochanski's much-played transcription as in the vocal original. The use of Pablo Sainz Villegas's vibrant guitar as accompaniment, however, does give the arrangement a further Spanish twist.

Only one work on the disc is as originally scored, however: Paganini's splendid Sonata concertata. The musical weight is all in the opening Allegro spiritoso, which is caught superbly by Hadelich and Villegas as, indeed, is the ensuing Adagio assai espressivo. …

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