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Tangos for Piano

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Except for the Stravinsky "Tango" at the beginning and pianist Amy Briggs' transcription of Astor Piazzolla's "Escualo" at the end, this collection of tangos is all contemporary. Most of them come from a pair of sources: an all-tango concert mounted by Briggs at the University of California at Davis during the 2003-2004 academic year, involving tangos from several composers on the faculty there as well as other newly commissioned works, and a similar project undertaken in the 1980s and early '90s by late American pianist Yvar Mikhashoff. The result is probably more entertaining for lovers of contemporary music than for tango fans, for the basic rhythms of tango serve more...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Except for the Stravinsky "Tango" at the beginning and pianist Amy Briggs' transcription of Astor Piazzolla's "Escualo" at the end, this collection of tangos is all contemporary. Most of them come from a pair of sources: an all-tango concert mounted by Briggs at the University of California at Davis during the 2003-2004 academic year, involving tangos from several composers on the faculty there as well as other newly commissioned works, and a similar project undertaken in the 1980s and early '90s by late American pianist Yvar Mikhashoff. The result is probably more entertaining for lovers of contemporary music than for tango fans, for the basic rhythms of tango serve more as a general inspiration than as a restriction in most of the pieces. This said, the variety of ideas is impressive, and there's something very intriguing about watching each composer adapt the tango to his or her individual style. The project works well because the tango is such a protean thing: a collection of rhythms, to begin with, some heavily syncopated and some in which the syncopation is more a matter of grace notes. Some composers are naturals for the tango; hear the stomping, heavy, and entirely characteristic "Steptangle" by Frederic Rzewski. Others, such as Yu-Hui Chang, use the tango primarily as a source of atmosphere, and quite a few play off of and develop the tango rhythm, using or disturbing its motoric quality as a work proceeds. All the pieces are short, with only one clocking in at over five minutes, and none is either baffling or really oriented toward crossover. An intriguing item for anyone interested in the classical uses of popular dance rhythms.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2010
  • Label: Ravello
  • UPC: 736211788139
  • Catalog Number: 7808
  • Sales rank: 288,385

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tango (3:36)
  2. 2 Requests (2:53)
  3. 3 Tango Variations on a Cantus (3:19)
  4. 4 Zipper Tango (Tango étude on grace notes) (3:21)
  5. 5 Tango? (2:55)
  6. 6 Tango à deux (3:15)
  7. 7 Teeny Tango (1:31)
  8. 8 Tango Beep Beep (3:04)
  9. 9 Steptangle (3:11)
  10. 10 Tango Clandestino (4:18)
  11. 11 Tandy's Tango (3:04)
  12. 12 Tagrango (Being a Brief Identity Crisis for Piano Solo) (1:43)
  13. 13 Astoria (3:32)
  14. 14 Tangled in Smoke (3:05)
  15. 15 Esperanza (Hermit Crab Tango) (3:03)
  16. 16 Mango (2:54)
  17. 17 Piglia (3:38)
  18. 18 Fantango (5:32)
  19. 19 Tango-Variations (2:53)
  20. 20 Tango Si (1:34)
  21. 21 Tangozilla (2:37)
  22. 22 Escualo (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Amy Briggs Primary Artist, Piano
Technical Credits
Per Nørgård Composer
Igor Stravinsky Composer
Lou Harrison Composer
Conlon Nancarrow Composer
Frederic Rzewski Composer
Astor Piazzolla Composer
Ralph Shapey Composer
Judith Sherman Producer, Engineer
Laura San Martin Composer
Nils Vigeland Composer
Hayes Biggs Composer
David Rakowski Composer
Stacy Garrop Composer
Amy Briggs Arranger, Liner Notes
Leeann Leftwich Zajas Art Direction
Amy Williams Composer
Yu-Hui Chang Composer
Jason Eckardt Composer
Jeffrey Mumford Composer
Ross Bauer Composer
Bob Lord Executive Producer
Shaun Michaud Mastering
Pablo Ortiz Composer
Beth Wiemann Composer
Jukka Tiensuu Composer
Robert Revere Cover Photo
David Smooke Composer
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