Tango in Blue

Tango in Blue

by José Serebrier
     
 

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There's a tendency to classify composers of the twentieth century as progressives and conservatives. Some certainly qualify for these designations, but it's actually more helpful to regard twentieth century music as a field of competing ideas, of "isms," that swept successively across the musical landscape and influenced most composers at one time or another. Most… See more details below

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There's a tendency to classify composers of the twentieth century as progressives and conservatives. Some certainly qualify for these designations, but it's actually more helpful to regard twentieth century music as a field of competing ideas, of "isms," that swept successively across the musical landscape and influenced most composers at one time or another. Most composers, for instance, tried their hands at serialism. Conversely, even Schoenberg, grimly devoted to advancing the art of music, wrote cabaret songs (the "Brettl-Lieder"). And, as this enjoyable album shows, quite a few composers succumbed to the international allure of the tango. The variety of the 14 orchestral tangos here (a few have lyrics) is the main appeal. There's Stravinsky's muttering "Tango" of 1940 (played here in a 1953 orchestration), surely the least sensuous tango ever composed. Erik Satie's "Tango perpétuel" from "Sports et divertissements" cleverly takes up and manipulates the tango's motoric quality. There's a South American tango classic ("La cumparsita"), an exaggeration of the classic tango style (Jacob Gade's "Tango jalousie"), two Kurt Weill tango songs, two very different treatments of the tango idea by Morton Gould, two of Piazzolla's darker tango pieces, and more. Conductor José Serebrier contributes two tangos of his own (one of them is "Casí un tango" -- almost a tango); they're not on a level with the rest of the music, but they serve well as a curtain-raiser and intermission. Serebrier and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra remain sensitive to the various styles involved rather than blaring their way through. This disc recommends itself especially to students in classes covering music of the twentieth century; it's really an instant term paper contained in a CD case. Tango lovers and general pops repertoire listeners will also find it a worthwhile buy or gift.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2005
Label:
Bis
UPC:
0675754861223
catalogNumber:
1175

Tracks

  1. Tango in Blue, for orchestra  - José Serebrier  - José Serebrier  -  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  -  National Orchestra of Catalonia  - Friederike Spaulding
  2. Souvenirs, suite from the ballet: Hesitation - Tango  - Samuel Barber  - José Serebrier  -  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  -  National Orchestra of Catalonia  - Friederike Spaulding
  3. Oblivion, tango  - Astor Piazzolla  - José Serebrier  -  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  -  National Orchestra of Catalonia  - Friederike Spaulding  - Enrique Tellería
  4. Tango, for chamber orchestra  - Igor Stravinsky  - José Serebrier  -  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  -  National Orchestra of Catalonia  - Friederike Spaulding
  5. Sports et divertissements (Sports and diversions), pieces (21) for piano: Tango Perpétuel  - Erik Satie  - José Serebrier  -  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  -  National Orchestra of Catalonia  - Friederike Spaulding
  6. String Music: Tango  - Morton Gould  - José Serebrier  -  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  -  National Orchestra of Catalonia  - Friederike Spaulding
  7. Happy End, musical play: Matrosen-Tango  - Kurt Weill  - José Serebrier  -  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra  - Bertolt Brecht  - Carole Farley  - Robert Suff  -  National Orchestra of Catalonia  - Friederike Spaulding
  8. Casi un Tango, for horn & string orchestra  - José Serebrier  - José Serebrier  -  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  -  National Orchestra of Catalonia  - Friederike Spaulding  - Molly Judson
  9. Latin-American Symphonette for orchestra: Tango  - Morton Gould  - José Serebrier  -  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  -  National Orchestra of Catalonia  - Friederike Spaulding
  10. Youkali, tango habañera for voice & piano  - Kurt Weill  - José Serebrier  -  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra  - Carole Farley  - Roger Fernay  - Angelina Reaux  - Robert Suff  -  National Orchestra of Catalonia  - Friederike Spaulding
  11. Tangazo, for orchestra  - Astor Piazzolla  - José Serebrier  -  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  -  National Orchestra of Catalonia  - Friederike Spaulding
  12. Impresiones sobre Ástor (Homenaje a Piazzolla), for orchestra  - Fernando Condon  - José Serebrier  -  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  -  National Orchestra of Catalonia  - Damián Martinez  - Friederike Spaulding  - Enrique Tellería  - Daniel Espasa
  13. Jalousie, tango for orchestra  - Jacob Gade  - José Serebrier  -  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  -  National Orchestra of Catalonia  - Friederike Spaulding
  14. La Cumparsita for tango orchestra  - Matos Rodriguez  - José Serebrier  -  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Suff  -  National Orchestra of Catalonia  - Friederike Spaulding  - Enrique Tellería

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