Tangos for Piano – From Latin American and Europe – Marcel Worms, p. – Zefir

An enjoyable pianistic time for the tango fan.

Tangos for Piano – From Latin American and EuropeMarcel Worms, p. (TrackList follows) – Zefir ZEF 9657, 73:50 (11/18/16) [Distr. by Naxos] ****:

Soon after its birth in Argentina and Uruguay, the tango moved to Europe and became popular there in some circles. Many famed European composers were captivated by the tango and began to write tangos themsleves. Some of them, like Albeniz, Stravinsky and Weil, are included in this piano recital.

In the middle of the 27-track tango recital are six short Danzas Cubanas by Kawanagh. There are also two recent tangos composed by Dutch composers, one of them written especially for the fine pianist here, Marcel Worms. From the start, the piano played in important part in the tango orchestra, even when it was just a quintet. Many of the major figures in tango were both bandleaders and pianists. The detailed note booklet has a paragraph on each track, and the sonics are fine.

TrackList:

Tango, for piano (Stravinsky)
A fuego lento, tango (Salgan)
A don Agustin Bardi (Salgan)
Tango (Albeniz)
La última curda (Troilo)
Tango-Ballade [Three Penny Opera] (Weill)
Odeon, Brazilian tango for piano, Op. 146 (Nazareth)
Tango, for piano, C. 19 (Mignone)
Tango, for piano (Mompou)
Tango, (Wolpe)
Danzas Cubanas (6), for piano (Kawanagh)
Tango, from Sports & Leisure (Satie)
Tango (Wiener)
Milonga del ángel, tango (from Ángel series) (Piazzolla)
Otoño porteño, tango (incl. in Cuatro estaciones porteñas (Piazzolla)
Pampa Escondida, for piano (Vera)
Zamba para mi poncho, for piano (Vera)
Clavel Rojo, tango (Kraayenhof)
La Yumba (Pugliese)
Quasitango, for piano (Kinkelder)
Mi buenos aires querido, tango for voice & orchestra (Carlos Gardel)

—John Sunier

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