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'Hora Cero': Carli la Diquera

Magazine article Gramophone

'Hora Cero': Carli la Diquera

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'Hora Cero'

Carli La Diquera. Para Oswaldo Tarantino Piazzolla Escualo. Doe de amor. Calambre. Lunfardo. Pedro y Pedro. Decarisimo. Soledad. Revirado. Llbertango. Buenos Aires hora cero. Clienta. Tres Minutos con la Realidad Salgan A Don Agustin Bardi Stafano Milonguita The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Sony Classical (F) 8887514346-2 (69' * DDD)

The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic play tangos: you just know it's going to sound gorgeous, and it does. Jump straight in on track 7, Piazzolla's Pedro y Pedro arranged (like most of the pieces here) by one of the players, David Riniker. Massed cellos swooning in close harmony, sweet as molasses and recorded in warm sound. Isn't that exactly what you'd want from a disc like this? No question, but over 68 minutes? No fear: skip forwards to the title track, Harold Noben's eight-minute transcription of Buenos Aires hora cero. It's like something by Ligeti: a fantastic nocturnal tone poem of whispered sul ponticello scratching and rustling--and is that a distant police siren?

If it was nothing else, this disc would be a spectacular demonstration of the sounds and colours that 12 cellos can produce in the hands of players of this calibre. …

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