Reviews and occasional notes on classical music

Reviews and occasional notes on classical music

"Music, both vocall and instrumental, so good, so delectable, so rare, so admirable, so super excellent, that it did even ravish and stupifie all those strangers that never heard the like." - Thomas Coryat, after hearing 3 hours of music at the Scuola di San Rocco in Venice, 1608.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Another fine disc from Trio Pantango

From January 11, 2012:

Trio Pantango have been making music to much acclaim since 1993, and their latest disc, from ARC, provides a fine selection of tangos and other dances from Argentina. It's nice to hear some tangos from other composers besides Piazzolla. The title track, Madame Ivonne, by Eduardo Pereyra, is a stand-out, as is Alberto Castillo's sad Silbando.

This is not to say that the musicians don't do a fine job with the more well-known works by Piazzolla. Verano porteno, from the Cuatro estaciones porteñas suite, is my favourite piece by Piazzolla, and the Trio Pantanto produce solid forward propulsion to the piece. Bandoneonista Guillermo Destaillats and guest bassist Dirk Luking provide suitable emotive power in the sad middle part without going over the top. The disc ends with guitarist Fernando Rubin Saglia playing Quique Sinesi's atmospheric piece for solo guitar Contra viento y marea (Against wind and tide).

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