This innovative programme, created at Ambronay Festival in 2009 by the Argentine Leonardo García Alarcón chief sees musicians alternate between baroque and modern instruments to interpret the most beautiful pages of Astor Piazzólla (Milonga del Angel, Ballada para un loco) and Claudio Monteverdi (Lamento della ninfa, Orfeo). During the extensive live tour of this project in 2009, members of the audience pointed out that in the end they didn't know where Monteverdi stopped and Piazzolla began.
The highlight of the Chandos disc is a real rarity, the 1953 Sinfonietta written as a fruit of Piazzolla’s studies with Ginastera prior to his trip to Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Vigorously rhythmic (as one might expect), the three spans are dramatic, sober and jubilant by turns, even if the melodies do lack the distinctive Piazzolla sound. It’s a well-constructed work, though, and Gabriel Castagna’s account is full of verve.
Composer and accordionist, Daniel Mille is a true sculptor of oneiric landscapes. His lunar chant and his way of slowing down the tempo brings it to undiscovered heavens. After nine splendid albums, many awards, prestigious and productive collaborations, Daniel Mille pays tribute to another composer (and a bandeon player): Astor Piazzolla. "Cierra tu Ojos" stands out first because of the instrumentarium: accordion here is surrounded by three cellos and a double bass. Expect a super acoustic (though slightly amplified) concert where jazz, classical music and world sounds melt together.
"Brilliantly capturing the essence of this true legend at this live gig recorded almost twenty years ago at the end of a 30 date european tour, they were fired up and ready for it."