This Naxos disc by the five-member Versus Ensemble contains a potpourri of seven different works by Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla. It includes many of his best known major works – the Milonga del ángel, Verano Porteño, Libertango, and Oblivion – plus five excerpts from his least known major work: his operetta Maria de Buenos Aires. Of the 11 tracks here, four feature either vocalist Enrique Moratalla or soprano María Rey-Joly, one features reciter Horacio Ferrer, and six are instrumentals.
Prepare yourself for the Milonga by mastering all three of the Argentine trio: Tango, Vals and Milonga. No Tanguero is complete without dancing all of them! These Milonga videos/DVDs offer a total of 30 figures ranging from beginning to advanced which are perfect for the lively, rhythmic Milonga music.
Prepare yourself for the Milongas (dance halls) by mastering all three of the Argentine Trio: Tango, Milonga and Vals. No Tanguero is complete without dancing them all! The Milonga video/DVD offers you 14 figures ranging from beginner to advanced, perfect for the lively, fun and rhythmic Milonga music. Christy Coté & George Garcia?s teaching is clear and precise and their dancing is fun and playful. The instruction is completely in English and is professionally produced in an organized one-on-one format like a private lesson, making this Dance Vision Video/DVD clear and easy to comprehend.
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.