“Their work touches us because it is a mix of brutality, magic, sensuality and honesty – all of which are human.” So said John Adams, one of the most important contemporary American composers, in comparing Neruda’s poetry, Marquez’s novels, Borges’ writing and Piazzolla’s music. All of these South American artists came to the attention of North American and European cultural circles almost simultaneously in the 1970’s.
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) became popular in Europe when a few important performers – whose repertory was largely classical: Gidon Kremer, Yo Yo Ma, Daniel Barenboim – grew more interested in fusing musical styles. In fact the Argentinean musician’s training was replete with classical influence. His musical language has certainly become very popular among various generations – it crosses various territories and music influences by conveying popular music together with a more cultured one: going from a kind of restlessness from the twentieth century to some Indios and African light influences based on ancient cultures from European descents who approached the river mouth of Rio de la Plata through various generation of migrants.
We experience the same cultural influence by listening to the Concerto by the Argentinean contemporary composer Máximo Diego Pujol (Buenos Aires, 1957) which entitles the entire CD Luminosa Buenos Aires as it is also a world premiere.
This very nice recording is enriched by suggestions and quotations that speak of “sad feelings to be expressively transmitted through a dance”. This is Tango, which starting from the beginning of the past century has been fascinating everyone in the world.
Artwork: Margherita Leoni, Lafoensia glyptocarpa Koehne (watercolour on paper)
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